The Boeing Company hit a huge milestone in their production of the most popular airplane.

The 10,000th Boeing 737 aircraft rolled out Tuesday. A remarkable accomplishment by the company and a far cry from the early days when the Boeing 737 rolled out in 1967.

The 737 MAX 8 is destined for Southwest Airlines, a fitting customer for the milestone since the company was founded the same year Boeing rolled out the first 737.

Boeing currently produces 47 737s a month, but the company is ramping up production and expects to produce 57 airplanes a month by next year.

Nearly 23 billion people have flown on 737s since the first delivery. The entire fleet has flown the equivalent of 5 million times around the world.

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