Boeing (Chicago) reached a record for year-to-date 737 deliveries with yesterday’s delivery of the 377th Next-Generation 737. The delivery of the airplane, a 737-900 ER (Extended Range) with Boeing Sky Interior for United Airlines (Chicago), topped the previous record of 376 deliveries set in 2010.
In October, the 737 also broke its own record for net orders in a single year when it topped the 2007 record of 846 orders. Net year-to-date orders for the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX total 1,031 airplanes. This also is the first time in the single-aisle jetliner’s history that it has logged more than 1,000 orders in a single year.
In other news for United Airlines, United delivered its best monthly on-time performance for 2012 in November – despite the continued impact of Superstorm Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed – with 85.5 percent of domestic flights and 81.2 percent of international flights arriving within 14 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.
The airline is awarding eligible employees a $100 bonus to recognize this performance. United pays eligible employees $50 each month that domestic or international flights arrive on time at least 80 percent of the time and $100 if the company exceeds both on-time goals.
During the 10-day Thanksgiving travel period between Friday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 25, 88.3 percent of United’s flights arrived on time, the second-highest performance over the past five years and 5.5 points better than in 2011, despite higher year-over-year load factors.
On Thanksgiving Day, 95.4 percent of United flights arrived on time, the second best single day since Jan. 1, 2008.
The United Express carriers also delivered their best monthly performance for 2012 in November, with 80.1 percent of United’s regional flights arriving on time.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-924 ER WL N75425 (msn 33460) taxies to the runway at Seattle/Tacoma.
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