April 16, Seattle, USA: Boeing celebrated the delivery of the 6,000th 737 with a delivery the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), which will lease the 737 to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA. The aeroplane’s tail features a special decal to mark the achievement.
“We couldn’t be more pleased about being part of this important milestone for the 737. The Next-Generation 737 brings the right combination of operational and environmental performance to address the requirements of our markets,” said Bjorn Kjos, chief executive officer of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA.
Norwegian Air Shuttle is the largest low-fare airline company in Scandinavia and has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East. It has 39 737s in its fleet and an additional 42 on firm order with Boeing. “ILFC’s very first Boeing delivery was a 737 and since then we’ve taken delivery of more than 400, re-ordering incremental airplanes dozens of times,” said Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, ILFC chairman and chief executive officer. “The Next-Generation 737 is a major cornerstone to ILFC’s modern, fuel-efficient and economical portfolio of more than 1,000 commercial jets.”
Boeing remains focused on continuous enhancement of the Next-Generation. To date, orders for the Next-Generation 737 exceed 2,200 aircraft.