Sun, Jun 20, 2004
New 737-700 is one of seven to be
delivered this month
More than 100 Boeing and Southwest Airlines employees celebrated
today as Southwest received its 400th Boeing 737 passenger airplane
at a Boeing Field delivery ceremony.
The new airplane is one of nine 737-700s Southwest will receive
this month, part of a total 47 slated for the airline this year.
The ceremony was one of a number of celebratory events this week
marking both the milestone delivery and Southwest's 33 years of
"This represents a remarkable milestone in our long partnership
with Boeing," said Jim Parker, Southwest's vice chairman and chief
executive officer. Southwest, the launch customer for the 737-700,
has received 163 of the model since 1997.
"Southwest almost single-handedly created the low-cost airline
business model that so many airlines are striving for today," said
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer
Alan Mulally. "Their customer focus and exceptional use of the
Boeing 737 make them of the world's premier airlines."
Dallas-based Southwest is the fourth-largest U.S.-based carrier
in terms of customers boarded. Today, Southwest Airlines flies more
than 65 million passengers a year to 59 cities across the
The Next-Generation 737 models are the most technologically
advanced single-aisle airplanes built today. Next-Generation 737s
fly higher, faster, farther, more quietly and with greater fuel
efficiency than previous 737s or competing airplanes. The 737 is
the best-selling commercial airplane family of all time. More than
5,400 have been ordered by 218 customers since its
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