Boeing's Adopted Aircraft

On this day in 1998, the first Boeing 717 took to the skies on its maiden flight. Key.Aero recounts the type’s relatively unsuccessful stint with the Seattle-based manufacturer – and details its controversial name 

If someone were to ask you to name a Boeing aircraft, the chances are the 717 wouldn’t be the first to come to mind. This rather obscure jet produced between 1998 and 2006 – was not the success the airframer had hoped it would be.

Delta 717
Delta Air Lines is now the biggest user of the type. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

With only 156 being built, it is Boeing’s worst-performing jet-powered commercial airliner ever, by quite some distance.  

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