Northwest Aerospace News April | May Issue No. 2 - Page 18

Exclusive News From WATCH U.S. FLY A look back at the revolutionary Boeing 737—and a look ahead at what’s to come By Bill McSherry, Vice President, Government Operations, Boeing Commercial Airplanes T he Boeing 737 is one of the world’s greatest success stories. Since the 737-100’s inau- gural flight in 1967, the 737 product line has become the best-selling commercial jetliner in history—and the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing’s history. Bill McSherry Watch U.S. Fly Vice President, Government Operations Boeing Commercial Airplanes 18 Today, a 737 takes off or lands every 1.6 seconds. On average, more than 2,440 Boeing 737 airplanes are in the air at any given time, serving a range of different markets. Given the different sizes and variants of the Boeing 737, the line gives carriers a number of options - from smaller regional jets to larger mid-to-long-range aircraft. This allows region- al airports in America and around the world to connect faster and with more passengers for the first time. NORTHWEST AEROSPACE NEWS