United says it took delivery of its 300th Boeing NG (next generation) 737 this month and remains the world’s third largest operator of the aircraft.
Boeing introduced the NG series in 1993 as the third generation of the 737. The term covers the 600 through 900 series of the aircraft, which can seat between 110 and 210 passengers.
“We took delivery on July 29 of our 300th Boeing 737NG (Next Generation),” United said in an employee newsletter. The 737-900 aircraft went into service Aug. 13, making its first flight from Houston to Phoenix.
“The 737 is an important part of our fleet and we currently operate the third largest 737NG fleet in the world,” the airline said. “We took delivery of our first 737-700 in March 1998 and fly four different 737NG models: the 737-700, 800, 900 and 900ER.”
The largest Boeing 737NG operator is Southwest. The Southwest fleet of 679 Boeing 737s includes 455 B700s and 92 B800s as well as older aircraft. “We have been retiring classics and accepting NGs,” said spokesman Brad Hawkins.