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November Aircraft of the Month: Boeing 737
Hailed as the worlds most popular commercial passenger jet, the Boeing 737 series of aircraft continues to this day to dominate the world market. Originally conceived as an answer to the dominance of the Douglas DC-9, the Boeing 737 has since eclipsed the Douglas aircraft by pure numbers in service. Featuring 6 abreast seating and a cargo convertible interior, the 737 became very popular with a variety of worldwide operators. The engines, mounted on low-slung pylons were relatively easy to work on. The aircraft also offered good performance on short, high altitude fields and overall returned lower operating costs compared to its competitors. Since 1965, 75 percent of all 737 sub-assembly work and major component manufacture has been accomplished in Wichita, Kansas, with cockpit, cabin and tail assemblies being shipped by rail from Wichita to Renton, Washington for final assembly, flight-testing and delivery.
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