Boeing Best Sellers That Keep Creating History

Icelandair Boeing 737 MAX

Icelandair Boeing 737 MAX

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has more than 12,000 commercial planes in service carrying passengers and cargo. Its strong product portfolio includes the 737 family, 747 jumbo jet, the 747-8 family, 767 models, the 777, and the 787 Dreamliner. Here’s the lowdown on Boeing’s top two aircraft that played a huge role in making the company what it is today.

The narrow-body 737
The fact that the 737 family is Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ highest-selling plane should come as no surprise. But not many know that the 737 is the first commercial jetliner to cross the 10,000-order mark — achieved in 2012. The first 737-100 was delivered to Lufthansa in 1967 , and it entered full service in 1968.

Boeing is currently working on the 737 Max, the reengineered version of the 737, which has firm orders for more than 2,100 units, and is due to enter service in 2017. As seen in the chart below, the 737 forms the lion’s share of the jet maker’s total commercial deliveries. During the past 12 years (2002-2013), the company dispatched 3,707 of these jets. In 2002, 737s accounted for 60% of the total deliveries, which went up to 81% in 2010. Last year, the narrow-body jet formed 69% of the total dispatches.

Boeing’s backlog ended June 30 stands at 5,237, of which every three of four aircraft orders are for the 737. According to Boeing’s website , it received gross orders for 604 of the jets through July 22, 2014, which tallies net orders at 550, adjusted for 54 cancellations. To manage the mounting 737 backlog and ensure timely delivery, the production level has been ramped up from 38 jets a month to 42, and will be further increased to 47 a month in 2017. At current production rates, Boeing’s single-aisle backlog translates to more than seven years of production. Serving passengers for more than four decades, the jet’s order flow remains steady, with a seemingly bright future.

Boeing forecasts that demand for new planes between 2014 and 2033 will be 36,770, and 70% of this will be for single-aisle jets. So, 737 will get its fair share of orders, continuing to support the company’s top- and bottom-line growth.

The wide-body 777
The 777, Boeing’s second-highest-selling jetliner in the past 12 years, is extremely popular among airlines across the globe. The twin-engine, wide-body aircraft has five passenger versions (accommodating between 305 and 440 passengers), and a freighter variant. The 777 program’s roots go back to 1990, the year of its launch. The jet entered service in 1995, flown by United Airlines .

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