Commercial Aviation entered the jet age with the introduction of Boeing 707. Commercial history was made on Oct. 26, 1958, when Pan American World Airways inaugurated trans-Atlantic 707 jet service between New York and Paris; jetliners then rapidly entered service throughout the world. The 707 is generally credited with ushering in the Jet Age.
Boeing developed a number of variants for special use with capacity from 140 to 189 passengers and a range of 4,630 to 10,650 km. Following the success of the 707, Boeing has developed a complete family of commercial jetliner models, each model tailored to specific air route requirements. It established Boeing as one of the largest manufacturers of passenger aircraft, and led to the later series of airliners with "7x7"designations. The later 727,737, and 757 share elements of the 707's fuselage design.
The 707 has been used on domestic, transcontinental and transtlantic flights, and for cargo and military applications. A convertible passenger-freighter model, the 707-320C, entered service in 1963, and passenger 707s have been modified to freighter configurations. Military derivatives include the E-3 Sentry airborne reconnaissance aircraft and the C-137 Stratoliner VIP transports.