For fifty years now Boeing has been taking orders and producing the Boeing 737. It is used on all sorts of routes in all parts of the world. Some of the airline customers who pioneered the use of this workhorse have passed into history.
Let’s have a look at who has the Boeing 737 and who still expects to receive theirs.
Below are some figures on firstly the number of Orders and Deliveries for each of the Boeing 737 variants. As you can see, the order book for the 737 Max is filling very rapidly and looks to be a very successful product for Boeing. We are also noticing that the orders for the 737-800 have reduced which leads us to believe that many 737-800 orders have converted to 737 MAX orders. All this as we pass 10,000 737s being produced overall.
2020 opened with many questions still outstanding around the 737 MAX. It seems, however, that COVID-19 might prove to be a far more disruptive force. As travel restrictions take hold and airlines reduce their services due to lack of customers and closed borders, will we be seeing mass cancellations of orders? Will we see some of our best-loved airlines go bust, which will have a flow-on effect to airliner manufacturers?
Boeing 737 Model Summary Through June 2020.
|Boeing 737 100||30||30||–|
|Boeing 737 200||991||991||–|
|Boeing 737 200C||104||104||–|
|Boeing 737 300||1113||1113||–|
|Boeing 737 400||486||486||–|
|Boeing 737 500||389||389||–|
|Boeing 737 600||69||69||–|
|Boeing 737 700||1128||1128||–|
|Boeing 737 700C||22||22||–|
|Boeing 737 700W||17||14||3|
|Boeing 737 800||4991||4989||2|
|Boeing 737 800A||175||133||42|
|Boeing 737 900||52||52||–|
|Boeing 737 900ER||505||505||–|
|Boeing 737 MAX||4559||387||4172
|BBJ (Boeing Business Jet)||121||121||–|
|BBJ2 (Boeing Business Jet)||23||21||2|
|BBJ3 (Boeing Business Jet)||7||7||–|
|Boeing 737 T43A||19||19||–|
|Boeing 737 Totals||14,771||10,580||4,221|
April 2020: Interesting times. With Covid-19 playing a major part in the stagnation of the travel industry as well as the on-going woes of the 737-MAX, in March we have seen the order book for the MAX drop by 150 airframes. At the same time, we have seen new orders for the 737-800A by the governments of New Zealand, South Korea and the U.S.A..
January 2020: The cessation of 737 MAX production has now taken effect and will hold for the foreseeable future. Major airline customers have pushed out their 737 MAX schedules until some future date or removed them altogether. F.A.A. certification will be a long road. There are some who believe the MAX may never fly again. Whichever way it goes, this will hurt Boeing. We can only hope that the over 100-year-old company can get it right and regain their position of trust.
Aegean Boeing-737-300 taxis.