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Boeing made history today by delivering the 8,000th 737 — the first commercial airplane to reach that milestone.

The airplane, a Next-Generation 737-900ER featuring a special logo, was delivered to the United Airlines.

“The 737 program continues to innovate with new features and technology, meeting the needs of our customers now and into the future,” said Beverly Wyse, vice-president and general manager of the 737 program.

The special logo

The special logo

“Boeing has a long and treasured history with United Airlines, and we’re proud they’re taking delivery of this milestone airplane.”

The company recalled that United was the first airline to order and take delivery of the 737-200.

“Since 1965, United has taken delivery of more than 550 737s and operated nearly every model,” it said.

Boeing says the 737 program has a backlog with more than 3,700 airplanes on order, including 1,934 orders for the new 737 MAX.

Images are courtesy of Boeing.