The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial aircraft in aviation history with over 15,000 aircraft ordered.
Orders and deliveries by generation
In 2013 Boeing took net orders for 1208 737s; that stands as the most of any model by any major commercial manufacturer in a single year in history.
In 2019 the last NG was delivered and the MAX was grounded stopping all deliveries and sales for almost two years. The only 737s delivered during this period were the -800A’s which are military P-8 versions which continue to be produced after the civilian NGs ceased production.
It is estimated that the MAX MCAS issues and COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of at least 1,000 MAX aircraft orders.
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Orders and deliveries by model
The tables and chart show orders and deliveries by series and year. Data is correct up to 1 October 2020. The chart for deliveries shows three large dips at years 1991, 2001 and 2009; these marked global recessions. The dip at 2019/20 marked the MAX MCAS grounding and COVID-19 pandemic.
Orders and deliveries by year
One of the more difficult questions to answer is “How much does a 737 cost?” The answer is not that straightforward. It depends upon series, customer options about avionics and cabin fittings, and most significantly size of order and when it is placed.
The average list prices for 737s as of 2018 were as follows:
In February 2005, Ryanair placed an order for 70 737-800s with options for a further 70. The public list price was between $61.5 million to $69.5 million per aircraft as given on Boeing's Web site. However because of the size of the order and the fact that it was placed when Boeing had being losing a significant amount of orders to its rival Airbus, it is widely believed that Ryanair paid less than $51 million each; and by the time other concessions such as credit and allowances, support services and free winglets are factored in, the price could have been as low as $29 million - less than half of the list price.
In January 2016 United placed an order for 40 737-700s, which had a list price of $80 million, for about $23 million each. Ray Conner, Chief of Boeing Commercial Airplanes told Boeing employees that Boeing had lowered its price dramatically to win the order against “aggressive” competition from the new Bombardier CSeries jet, specifically to block Bombardier’s new plane from getting a foothold in the market.
There follows a collection of recent news items concerning 737 orders, deliveries and fleet movements.
For a full listing of 737 production and airlines current fleets try the following http://www.airfleets.net
04 Dec 2020 - Ryanair buys 75 Boeing MAX 8200s in largest order since grounding
SEATTLE/DUBLIN (Reuters) - Budget airline Ryanair on Thursday ordered 75 Boeing 737 MAX jets with a list price of $9 billion, throwing a commercial lifeline to the embattled U.S. planemaker after regulators lifted a 20-month safety ban. Boeing shares were up 6% on the news, first reported by Reuters on Wednesday.
Boeing Chief Executive David Calhoun said at a signing ceremony in Washington: “I’ve always had faith that the order book would begin to fill with the return of the industry,”
Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary told Reuters “It’s certainly the deal of the new century,” Ryanair did not disclose the price it will pay, but traders say deals typically include discounts in excess of 50% of list prices. Ryanair was expected to win an even bigger discount of well over two-thirds in return for a headline-grabbing relaunch of the MAX that helps fill gaps left by cancellations, sources said. Part of the discount was compensation for the 18-month delay to the first delivery of the MAX, O’Leary said. Asked during the signing ceremony about price concessions Boeing offered, O’Leary joked: “Not enough ... I am sorry to say it is a very modest discount.”
10 Nov 2017 - MAX reaches 4000 orders
Off the back of President Trump’s recent visit to China, Boeing has announced the signing of a deal with Chinese Development Bank (CBD) Aviation, the global aircraft leasing business of CBD. The detail will entail Boeing selling a total of 60 aircraft to the Chinese firm – 42 737 MAX 8s, 10 737 MAX 10s and eight 787-9 Dreamliners.
With a total of 52 of Boeing’s MAX airliners being sold in the agreement, the total number of MAX aircraft sold throughout the range’s history now exceeds 4,000 – a significant milestone for the aerospace manufacturer. “Being one of the launch customers of the MAX 10 and bringing the MAX family's orders over the 4,000 milestone further demonstrates CDB Aviation's steadfast efforts to advance its global mission and deliver the latest technology aircraft to current and prospective customers,” said CBD Aviation President and CEO Peter Chang.
04 Apr 2017 - Iran’s Aseman Airlines signs deal to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets for $3 bn
Iran’s Aseman Airlines has agreed to buy 30 737 MAX jets for $3.0 billion in its second major deal since sanctions were eased last year. “Boeing confirms the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Iran Aseman Airlines, expressing the airline’s intent to purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of $3 billion,” the US group said in a statement. “The agreement also provides the airline with purchase rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs,” it added. If finalised, delivery is expected to start in 2022, Boeing said, adding that a contract of this magnitude “creates or sustains approximately 18,000 jobs in the United States.” Iran has been desperate to renew its ageing fleet of planes, but was largely blocked from dealing with major aircraft manufacturers until a 2015 accord with world powers that eased global sanctions in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme. The US has maintained its own sanctions, which block almost all trade with Iran, but plane manufacturers were given a specific exemption under the nuclear deal. In September, Washington approved the sale of 80 Boeing and 100 Airbus planes to Iran Air. The first few Airbus jets have already arrived in Tehran. The new deal with Aseman will also need approval from the US Office of Foreign Assets Control. “Boeing continues to follow the lead of the US government with regards to working with Iran’s airlines, and any and all contracts with Iran’s airlines are contingent upon US government approval,” the company said.
Many US lawmakers have opposed the sales, saying that Iranian airlines have been used to ship weapons and troops to Syria and other conflict zones. Iranian conservatives have also criticised the purchases, saying new planes will do little to improve Iran’s stagnant economy. Supporters on both sides have therefore tried to emphasise the employment opportunities. Even before the latest Boeing announcement, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation said plane purchases would create 20,000 direct jobs, and thousands more indirectly. “Currently, 500-700 co-pilots are unemployed in Iran,” CAO official Mohammad Reza Kazemimpour told the Iran Daily newspaper on Monday, adding that the new fleets would bring “tens of billions of dollars in revenues for Iran”. Meanwhile, companies across the world are waiting to see whether US President Donald Trump makes good on his campaign threat to tear up the nuclear deal. The first test will come in June when he will decide on whether to renew the sanctions waivers that keep the deal in effect. Aseman currently has a fleet of 36 planes -- half of them the 105-seat Dutch Fokker 100s. Its three Boeing 727-200s are almost as old as the Islamic revolution, having made their first flight in 1980.
19 Dec 2016 - Aerolineas Argentinas to be the first operator in Latin America to have 737 MAX
Aerolineas Argentinas has announced that it will buy 11 new Boeing 737 MAX and nine 737-800 NG aircraft in a deal based on revising a sales contract signed by the
11 Dec 2016 - Iran Air orders 50 737 MAX 8s
SEATTLE, Dec. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Iran Air announced an agreement today for 80 aircraft that includes 50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9s, valued at $16.6 billion at list prices. Based on its Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Iran Air announced in June, the contract was reached within the terms of the U.S. Government license issued to Boeing in September. Boeing coordinated closely with the U.S. Government throughout the process leading up to the sale and continues to follow all license requirements as it moves forward to implement the sales agreement. Today's agreement will support tens of thousands of U.S. jobs directly associated with production and delivery of the 777-300ERs and nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs in the U.S. aerospace value stream for the full course of deliveries. The first airplanes under this agreement are scheduled for delivery in 2018.
23 May 2016 - Vietjet Orders 100 Boeing 737 MAX 200s.
Vietjet has finalized an order with Boeing for 100 B737 MAX 200 aircraft, the largest ever commercial aircraft purchase in Vietnam’s aviation history. The deal is valued at approximately US$11.3 billion.
19 Feb 2016 - Air Niugini, the national carrier of Papua New Guinea, has placed an order for 737 MAX 8s.
Air Niugini already operates the 737NG.
20 Jan 2016 - More 737 orders from United and Southwest
This week United Airlines has announced a deal to buy 40 Boeing 737-700s, worth USD$3.2 billion at list prices. United likely paid well below half the USD$80.6 million list price for the 737s. The aircraft is being phased out as Boeing moves towards 737 MAX production. United's jets are due to start entering its fleet in mid-2017.
And Southwest Airlines said it had converted orders for 25 737-700 into 737-800s and ordered 33 additional Boeing's 737-800s in a deal struck in December but announced on Thursday.
17 Dec 2015 - China Southern Airlines orders 30 737NG and 50 737MAX
China Southern Airlines, Asia's largest carrier by passengers, ordered 110 Boeing aircraft worth about US$10 billion. The Guangzhou-based carrier will buy 30 737NG and 50 737MAX models, valued at US$7.24 billion at list prices, the company said yesterday. China Southern-owned Xiamen Airlines also agreed to buy 30 737MAX planes for a total of US$2.88 billion before discounts.
China Southern said it will also sell back 16 aircraft to Boeing plus 13 engines and other aerospace materials for US$104 million over three years, starting in 2016. China Southern expects to take delivery of the 737NGs between 2017 and 2018 and the 737MAXs from 2017 to 2021. Xiamen Airlines will take delivery of its planes between 2018 and 2021. BLOOMBERG
15 Dec 2015 - China Postal Airlines orders 10 737-800BCFs
China Postal is the second carrier to sign for the 737 BCF programme, after Hangzhou-based YTO Airlines. Boeing says the order comes “pending a product launch”, and that it will support customers in the narrowbody freighter market with the 737 BCF programme. China Postal airlines already operates two 737-300QCs, 12 737-300SFs and eight 737-400SFs.
07 Dec 2015 - Egyptair to replace A320s with 737-800s.
Egyptair is to lease another eight Boeing 737-800s from BOC (Bank of China) Aviation. The aircraft will be delivered from the second half of 2016. EgyptAir already has 20 737-800s. It ordered 12 in 2005-06 and another eight in 2009. It operates 10 A320s as well as four A321s. Some of which are approaching 25 years old andare among the earliest production A320s. The airline is undergoing a modernisation of its fleet through a strategic plan running to 2025.
24 Nov 2015 - Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation has placed an order for 22 Boeing 737s comprised of 11 737-800s and 11 Max 8s.
09 Nov 2016 - Jet Airways confirms order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX