Today, the 7,500th 737 (9M-LNF) was delivered to Malindo Air. Malindo Air is a joint venture airline between Lion Air of Indonesia and the National Aerospace and Defense Industries (NADI) of Malaysia and the airline name takes after the two countries in the partnership (Malaysia & Indonesia).
Set to begin operations in May of this year, the airline will receive 12 737-900ERs with plans to increase this number in the future. Based out of Kuala Lumpur the airline will service domestic flights within Malaysia to begin and expand to other South East Asian Countries.
The aircraft delivered to Malindo air is fitted with the new Boeing Sky Interior which brings in the new modern designed interior similar to the Boeing 787 with LED lighting, larger pivoting overhead bins and a greater feeling of spaciousness.
This is a far cry from the first 737, which was delivered to Lufthansa in 1967.
To help fulfill the back log of orders, Boeing has recently increased their production of 737s from 35 per month to 38, heading towards the 2014 goal of 42 — that’s roughly 1.3 aircraft per day.
Boeing has been able to up this production rate by redesigning their process and changing the way the aircraft are produced on site in Renton.
The production increase is timed well. On the 19th, Boeing signed another large order with Ryanair for another 175 Boeing 737NG aircraft putting the backlog up even higher.
Think Boeing can end up delivering 18,000 aircraft someday? 7500 aircraft down, only 10500 to go!
|This story written by…Malcolm Muir, Lead Correspondent. Mal is an Australian Avgeek now living and working in Seattle. With a passion for aircraft photography, traveling and the fun that combining the two can bring. Insights into the aviation world with a bit of a perspective thanks to working in the travel industry.@BigMalX | BigMal’s World | Photos|