The Boeing 737-100 is the very first in what would become a large family of jet planes bearing this mark. Notable for being the first Boeing launched by a non-US carrier, the baby Boeing as some call it, first took to the sky all the way back on 9 April 1967.
Close collaboration with launch customer Lufthansa resulted in original 60 seat jet being lengthened to seat up to 100 passengers. With power provided by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-1 engines, the aircraft was designed for short routes up to a distance of 1,610 kilometres.
Boeing 737-100 Video
Following on from the excellent video last week about the Short Sandringham flying boat, this time we go back to Seattle for a look at the Boeing 737-100. This video runs for under a minute and shows the roll-out ceremony from 1 January 1967.
A fun thing to watch out for is the Champagne being smashed against the wing by all the ladies. That’s not something you see very often these days! There is also some interesting footage shown around the airport and in flight.
NASA eventually took the original prototype, while three airlines took the rest of the production run. Launch customer Lufthansa had the bulk, with a total of 22 deliveries. Boeing delivered another two and five to Avianca Colombia and Malaysia-Singapore Airlines respectively.
While 30 aircraft seems like a modest beginning, the slightly larger Boeing 737-200 sold 1,095 examples. To date, the entire programme has delivered more than 10,000 versions to airlines throughout the world.
Boeing 737-100 Operators
Researching the production list showed a number of interesting things. All but four of the Lufthansa machines were sold to PEOPLExpress and subsequently ended up at Continental Air Lines. The Avianca ones went to Aloha then Air California, while those built for Malaysia-Singapore Airlines became Singapore Airlines aircraft when that airline split in two. All five eventually landed at Air Florida.
Three of the Lufthansa aircraft went to America West Airlines, then Ansett New Zealand, while another two went to Far Eastern Air Transport and ended up with Aero Continente. Copa and Faucett Peru picked up one each from Air Florida when they went bankrupt, while SARO Peru received three from Continental. SAVAR in Venezuela operated one ex-Air Florida example as well.
Just 30 Boeing 737-100s were produced, comprising of one prototype and 29 production examples. After entering service on 10 February 1968 with Lufthansa, who knew how popular this little jet would become?
None of the 30 original aircraft are flying today. However, travelling on board any Boeing 737 today will give you some idea of what it must have been like back in the beginning.
Have you ever had the opportunity of flying on board a Boeing 737-100? Does it differ much from today? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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Featured image by Ralf Manteufel on Airliners.net via Wikimedia Commons.
Malaysia-Singapore Airlines aircraft by Malcolm Nason via Flickr.
PEOPLExpress by Clinton H. Groves on AirlineFan.com via Wikimedia Commons.
Continental Airlines by Alain Durand on Airliners.net via Wikimedia Commons.
Air Florida via Friends of Air Florida Airlines on Facebook.
America West by Richard Silagi via Wikimedia Commons.
Ansett New Zealand by Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland via Wikimedia Commons.
Air California by Orange County Archives via Wikimedia Commons.
Far Eastern Air Transport by Paul Chandler via Jetphotos.
Aloha Airlines by J Allen King via Royal S King on Airliners.net.
Aero Continente via Konstantin von Wedelstaedt on Airliners.net via Wikimedia Commons.
Copa Panama by Torsten Maiwald on Airliners.net via Wikimedia Commons.
SARO Peru by Aero Icarus on Flickr.
Savar via The Boeing 737-100 on Tumblr.
Faucett Peru by Neil Pidduck via Airliners.net.