And the 500th 737NG goes to: the US Navy

This Boeing 737 - alias C-40 - is the 5000th 737 produced. (Image © Boeing)
This Boeing 737 – alias C-40A – is the 5000th 737 produced. (Image © Boeing)

The U.S. Navy will be the happy receiver of the 5000th Next-Generation Boeing 737. Boeing rolled out the celebratory aircraft this week. The aircraft is a Boeing C-40A Clipper, a modified 737-700C, that will serve as a transport aircraft for the U.S. Navy.

The US MoD uses the Boeing 737 in various versions and roles. Boeing’s P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) and the C-40 are among the 737 military derivatives. Utilizing the 737 commercial platform takes advantage of the proven efficiencies, manufacturing processes and performance of the existing Next-Generation 737 production system, says Boeing.

To date, orders stand at 6,804 for Next-Generation 737s and 2,109 for 737 MAXs. Total 737 orders have surpassed 12,000 including Classics and more than 100 orders for military derivatives.

“With more than 280 different customers, it’s easy to see why the 737 is the best selling airplane in the world,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Source: Boeing