The Boeing 737 is the most ordered and most produced jet airliner in history with over 6,000 manufactured and a further 2,000 on order in May 2009. On average there are 1,250 737s in the air at any given time.
The Boeing 737-600 to 737-900 were the Next Generation 737s, developed from 1993 to compete with the Airbus A.320 series.
Improvements included, improved engines, a glass cockpit, intercontinental range and passenger cabin upgrades.
The 737-700 began entering service in 1998. It replaced the 737-300 and competed directly with the Airbus A.319.
Virgin Blue was launched in August 2000 as a budget airline competing with Australia’s major domestic airlines. After the collapse of Ansett it became Australia’s second major domestic airline
This model represents VH-VBM in service with Virgin Blue, c.2007.
Revell 1/144 kits with Underworld decals completed by Leigh Edmonds in April 2010.