The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial aircraft in aviation history with over 13,000 aircraft ordered.
In 2013 Boeing took net orders for 1208 737s; that stands as the most of any model by any major commercial manufacturer in history. By 31 Dec 2015, the total number of 737NGs ordered was over 7000, 70% of which were for the -800 series.
By 31 Dec 2015, the 737 had an order backlog of 4392 aircraft, including more than 3,000 orders for the 737 MAX. This is about one-third of the entire order backlog for all large commercial jets built by Boeing and Airbus. Even with the rise in production rate from the present 42 per month to 47 per month in 2017 and 52 per month in 2018, even with no further orders this will ensure the 737's production until at least 2022.
The table and chart shows orders and deliveries by series and year. Data is correct up to 31 December 2015.
As of 31 Dec 2015 the 737 MAX has orders for 3,072 aircraft
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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 July 2015 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
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
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