Boeing’s Best Seller

Now 10,000 deliveries in, and with thousands more examples on order, the 737 has enjoyed a remarkable history. Airliner World’s Craig West shines the spotlight on Boeing’s baby.

Boeing’s move into small jet-powered airliners was a reluctant one, but what followed was an aircraft that has remained in production for more than five decades. AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM/MATTHIEUDOUHAIRE

Designed as the smallest member of an emerging family of jetliners, the Boeing 737 was developed as a means for the US manufacturer to enter the previously untouched short-haul sector and represented a natural progression from the long-range 707 and medium-range 727.

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