Turkish Airlines (TK/THY) has taken delivery of the 6000th Boeing 737 NG. Boeing 737-800W, B738, B73H, 737NG, Boeing 737-8F2(W), c/n 60025 / 6000, TC-JVZ, 6000th 737NG, was delivered from Boeing Field (BFI/KBFI) via YYZ-KEF, to Istanbul - Ataturk (IST / LTBA), arriving as flight number TK6830 on July 28th. It is seen at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ/CYYZ) on July 27th, from where it departed to Keflavik. It made its first flight on July 9th 2016. With deliveries starting in May 1999, Turkish has built a fleet of 90 Boeing 737NGs, mostly 737-800s and -900s (15). It also previously operated 34 Boeing 737-400s and -500s. Specail 6000th 737NG markings were applied to both sides of the aircraft. Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport, YYZ, CYYZ, Toronto, Mississauga, ON, July 27 2016, (c) copyright Andrew H. Cline 2016, Andy Cline, Andrew Cline, andrew.cline@sympatico.ca, 416 209 2669

MIAMI — Boeing has delivered the 6000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The aircraft, a 737-800, has been delivered to Turkish Airlines.

The jetliner (TC-JVZ • MSN 60025 • LN 6000) was delivered from Boeing Field (BFI) via Toronto (YYZ) and Keflavik (KEF) to Istanbul-Ataturk (IST), arriving as flight number TK6830 on July 28th.

With deliveries starting in May 1999, Turkish Airlines has built a fleet of 90 Boeing 737NGs, mostly 737-800s and -900s.  It also previously operated 34 Boeing 737-400s and -500s.

Special 6000th Boeing 737 Next-Generation markings were applied to the nose on both sides of the aircraft. (Credits: Author)
Special 6000th Boeing 737 Next-Generation markings were applied to the nose on both sides of the aircraft. (Credits: Author)

The first Next-Generation 737 was delivered to Southwest Airlines on October 30, 1998 (N707SA • MSN 27481), and it took three years and two weeks to reach the first thousand delivered, also to Southwest Airlines (N418WN • MSN 29823), which also took delivery of the 2000th 737NG in July 2006 (N248WN • MSN 32509).

Since then, the gap between each record has been shrinking. The 3000th Next-Generation 737 was delivered in three years and one month to India’s Jet Airways (VT-JBL • MSN 35651), and the 4000th delivery to China Southern Airlines (B-5283 • MSN 38919) took two years and eight months.

The 5000th Next-Generation 737 built was delivered on July 30, 2014, a C-40 Clipper for the US Navy, taking just two years and three months, with the 6000th aircraft mark just shy of two years.

The current production of the 737 is 42 aircraft per month. Boeing plans to boost the rate to 47 aircraft per month in 2017, 52 in 2018, and to 57 by 2019. This all happens as 737 MAX production begins to come online.

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