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A look back: Boeing 737 maiden flight, 50 years on


Fifty years ago today, the Boeing 737 took to the skies for the very first time. Available in four generations and ten versions, the short and medium-haul aircraft is one of the first jetliners ever marketed. Safran provides several systems for the most recent models.

Around 13,500: the number of Boeing 737 aircraft delivered or ordered since 1967, making it the best-selling jetliner in the world.

The most recent version, the Boeing 737 MAX, features a whole host of innovative systems! While some earlier versions were powered by the CFM56, the best-selling engine ever, this one is powered by the latest-generation LEAP© engine. Planned to enter into service in 2017, this model features many other Safran products such as the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC)(1), the power transmission system which is used to harness the power provided by the engine (before it is converted into hydraulic, pneumatic or electric energy), the wheels and carbon brakes (as chosen by the airline) as well as the wiring!


Did you know?
For twenty years now, Boeing has made its legendary 737 available in various versions of private jets which too are powered by Safran engines. 


(1) As part of the FADEC Alliance partnership

Find out the pictures of 50 years of development of the Boeing 737

  • Étape de montage des roues© CFM International
  • Étape de montage des rouesB737 family© Espace Patrimoine Safran
  • Steve, Inspecteur QualitéBoeing 737-300 / CFM56-3 at Snecma Villaroche in september 1984© Espace Patrimoine Safran
  • Démoulage de l’aube en composite après injection de résine (RTM)B737-700© Espace Patrimoine Safran
  • Rochester : vue extérieure usineBoeing 737 MAX© Adrien Daste / Safran
  • Ingénieurs - Processus, Produit et QualitéBoeing 737 MAX© Adrien Daste / Safran
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