Boeing 787-9 ZB001 N789EX at Farnborough air show 2014. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.
Boeing 787-9 ZB001 N789EX at Farnborough air show 2014. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Aviation trivia: Launch customers of Boeing aircraft

With the Airbus A350 recently entering service, there have been quite a few launches and with them launch customers in the last few years. To look back over the years I have started compiling a list of the launch customers of various aircraft.

So this first article will begin with the launch customers of all Boeing jet aircraft. (By launch customers we mean the first airline to put the aircraft into commercial service.)

Boeing 707 Family

707-100 Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
707-200 Braniff
707-300 Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
707-400 British Overseas Aircraft Corporation (BOAC)
720 (707-020) United Airlines

Boeing 717 Family

717-200 AirTran

Boeing 727 Family

727-100 United Airlines
727-200 Northeast Airlines
727-200 Adv All Nippon Airways

Boeing 737 Family

737-100 Lufthansa
737-200 United Airlines
737-200C Wien Consolidated
737-200 Adv All Nippon Airlines
737-300 Southwest Airlines
737-400 Piedmont
737-500 Southwest Airlines
737-600 SAS (Scandanavian)
737-700 Southwest Airlines
737-800 Hapag-Lloyd
737-900 Alaska Airlines
737-900ER Lion Air

Boeing 747 Family

747-100 Pan American World Airways
747SR Japan Airlines
747-200 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
747-200F Lufthansa
747-200C World Airways
747SP Pan American Airways
747-200M Air Canada
747-300 Swissair
747-400 Northwest
747-400M KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
747-400D Japan Air Lines
747-400F Cargolux
747-400ER Qantas
747-400ERF Air France
747-8F Cargolux
747-8i Lufthansa

Boeing 757 Family

757-200 Eastern
757-200F UPS
757-200M Royal Nepal Airlines
757-300 Condor

Boeing 767 Family

767-200 United Airlines
767-200ER El Al Israel Airlines
767-300 Japan Airlines
767-300ER American Airlines
767-300F UPS
767-400ER Continental Airlines

Boeing 777 Family

777-200 United Airlines
777-200ER British Airways
777-300 Cathay Pacific
777-300ER Air France
777-200LR Pakistan International Airlines
777F Air France

Boeing 787 Family

787-8 All Nippon Airways
787-9 Air New Zealand

We are working on lists of the launch customers for other aircraft as well and we will publish them soon.

Note – While we have tried to ensure that all the data above is correct, if you find any inconsistencies, please help us correct them via a comment.

About Vedant Agarwal

A frequent flyer for both work and pleasure - Vedant has held elite status on many of the major alliances and airlines. Also an avid aviation photographer, his pictures have been published in and on the covers of many international publications.

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One comment

  1. Great to see the list put together. More nicer if you can add the date or at least the year they were handed over!