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flydubai takes delivery of Boeing’s 7,000th 737 plane – Transport

December 17, 2011
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Boeing has delivered the 7,000th 737 to come off the production line to Dubai-based low cost carrier flydubai.

The airplane is flydubai’s 14th Next-Generation 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior, the US plane maker said in a statement.

The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner of all time with total orders exceeding 9,300 airplanes, including orders for the new 737 MAX.

“It is incredible to be delivering our 7,000th 737. We thank flydubai and all our customers who have made the 737 the world’s most popular jet airliner,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of the 737 programme.

In November 2010, flydubai became the first airline in the world to offer passengers the 737 with the new Boeing Sky Interior.

Friday’s delivery will be the 21st in flydubai’s fleet and the airline has an additional 30 737-800s on order.

“We are proud to be a part of this important milestone for the 737,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, flydubai.

“The Next-Generation 737 is a major cornerstone to flydubai’s modern, fuel-efficient and economical portfolio of commercial jets.”

The 737 MAX is the new-engine variant of the world’s best-selling airplane.

To date, Boeing has received orders and commitments for more than 900 airplanes from 13 customers for the 737 MAX, while the Next-Generation 737 family has won orders for more than 6,200 airplanes with a backlog exceeding 2,300 airplanes.

With more than 5,400 airplanes in service, the 737 represents more than a quarter of the total worldwide fleet of large commercial jets flying today. More than 358 airlines in 114 countries fly 737s.

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