Source: Tim Van Donselaar via aeronauticsonline.com
On 18 December, Boeing delivered the last Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft. The aircraft, with serial number 63624, is the last ever built Boeing 737NG and is a Boeing 737-800. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the airline which received the last Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft. The Dutch Airline placed an order for four additional aircraft a couple of years ago to replace four smaller Boeing 737-700 aircraft. KLM currently operates a fleet of 52 Boeing 737 aircraft, with Boeing 737-700. -800, and -900 aircraft. Originally, the airline was to receive the airframe earlier, but due to a construction failure, Boeing needed its supplier to build a new fuselage. Boeing launched the Boeing 737 Next Generation-series in 1993 as the successor of the Boeing 737 Classic-series. Four years later, the first Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, a Boeing 737-600, was delivered to SAS – Scandinavian Airlines. During the years, Boeing delivered more than 7,000 of the Next Generation series aircraft. Photo credit: Tim van Donselaar The announcement of the Boeing 737 MAX as the successor of the Boeing 737NG-series means the end of the Boeing 737 Next Generation-series. The MAX-series is the modernized version of the Next generation-series. Over the years, multiple orders were placed for the American manufacturer, with some as a replacement for the Next Generation-series. However, due to software problems with the MCAS-systems, with two crashes in six months time, all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are currently grounded. Boeing and the authorities are busy with re-certification of the aircraft, but experts don’t expect the aircraft will fly again before the second quarter of 2020. In the meantime, Boeing decided to suspend the production of the aircraft, starting in January.