Boeing, Xiamen celebrate 8,888th 737 Delivery

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has delivered the 8,888th 737 to come off the production line to Xiamen Airlines, the company said.

The airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800, features a special livery commemorating the airplane´s significance.

Just as seven is considered a lucky number for Boeing, eight is considered to be a fortunate number in Chinese culture because it sounds similar to the word that means “prosperity” or “wealth.”

Formed in 1984 as China´s first joint venture between the Civil Aviation Administration of China and a municipal government, Xiamen Airlines is China´s only all-Boeing carrier. The airline began flying passengers in 1985 with two 737-200s serving three cities.