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Boeing expects to build 47 of their 737 jets each month next year and ramp up to 57 in 2019. Wired reports the plane often referred to as the workhorse of commercial aviation accounts for one of every three commercial flights. Boeing currently builds 42 each month. Since 1967, over 9,000 of the 737 jets have been delivered.
Here in Hawaii, fabled Aloha Airlines (1946-2008) used the 737 for its inter-island flights and also when it began flights to the US mainland.
Single-aisle jets are in such a demand that Boeing faces fierce competition from Airbus. The european maker produces the A320 and has delivered more than 6,700 of them since the plane entered service in 1984.
Many passengers today often do not know if they are flying on a 737 or not. The jet's cabin interior for coach seats three passengers on each side of the single-aisle. Other planes from both airplane makers have a similar design in the coach cabin (from Airbus: A319, A321 / from Boeing: 757). However experienced flyers will definitely know the difference.
Wired produced a video to show how a Boeing 737 jet is built in just nine days: