ecoDemonstrator's new mission

ZA004 took to the skies again on Monday serving as our 787 ecoDemonstrator. The airplane is now testing more than 25 new technologies aimed at improving environmental performance during every phase of flight.

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The 787 ecoDemonstrator prepares for its flight from Boeing Field. All photos by John Parker.

These technologies include operational efficiency, aerodynamic and flight-control improvements for greater fuel efficiency, remote sensors to remove wiring, and icephobic wing coatings to reduce ice accumulation.

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Other tests include NASA airborne spacing for terminal arrival routes to improve landing efficiency, new greenhouse gas sensors evaluated in collaboration with Japan Airlines and others, as well as real-time turbulence reports generated in collaboration with Delta Air Lines to mitigate turbulence.

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We’re excited to test these technologies and look forward to getting the results.

Moroccan Star

In the coming months, we’ll deliver Royal Air Maroc’s first two 787s — making them the first Dreamliner operator in North Africa and the Mediterranean region.

This week, the Moroccan flag carrier’s first 787 rolled out of our paint hangar in Everett in the airline’s stunning white livery.

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Royal Air Maroc plans to use the 787 on existing destinations from its base in Casablanca to North America and Europe, as well as opening up new routes. Enjoy these images from our photographer Tim Stake.

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Dream on display

The third Dreamliner ever built, ZA003, will always be part of some special memories for me. That airplane was the very first 787 I ever flew on during the opening leg of the Dream Tour to China.

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ZA003 takes off for the first leg of the Dream Tour in December 2011. Marian Lockhart photo.

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Inside the flight deck of ZA003 during the Dream Tour.

That’s why it’s so special to see ZA003 find its permanent home at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. We donated the airplane to the museum during a special ceremony this past weekend, where more than 10,000 people toured the airplane on Saturday and Sunday. We’re excited that our first 787 donation is here in the Puget Sound where so many of the people who helped design, build and test the Dreamliner can come visit it with their families. Enjoy this video and the photos below—and here’s hoping this exhibit will capture the imaginations of future aviators.

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ZA003 prepares for its short journey from our Boeing Field flightline to the Museum of Flight. Jim Anderson photo.

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The tip of ZA003’s wing lights up the early morning hours. Jim Anderson photo.

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In the still of the night. Jim Anderson photo.

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A perfect sunny Saturday in Seattle. Marian Lockhart photo.

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787 Vice President and General Manager Larry Loftis (right) hands the ceremonial keys for ZA003 to Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King. Marian Lockhart photo.

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The 787 team presents artificats from the airplane’s history to the museum. Marian Lockhart photo.

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Window to the future. One of the many children who toured the airplane on Saturday. Marian Lockhart photo.

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Bill Boeing, Jr. and his wife June at the ceremony. Marian Lockhart photo.

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Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday. Marian Lockhart photo.

Ending October

We’ve just released the orders and deliveries totals through the end of October. While Boeing still leads in all categories, we expect to see a race to the finish line.

NET ORDERS

Boeing: 1,046

Airbus: 794

GROSS ORDERS

Boeing: 1,152

Airbus: 1,080

DELIVERIES

Boeing: 590

Airbus: 493

The delivery total for Boeing includes 90 787s, and we remain on track to meet our year-end targets.

One of the new orders we added in the past week was from Monarch Airlines. They finalized an order for 30 737 MAX 8s. It marks the beginning of the British carrier’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet, something we are incredibly honored by and proud of. Our total MAX orders now stand at 2,326.

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Air Canada also announced their previously unidentified order for two more 777-300ERs. We’re excited to see their 777 fleet continue to grow— and learn more about how the airplanes fit into the airline’s new plans unveiled today.

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Thanks to all our customers for already making this such a good year. We look foward to the final few weeks of 2014.

Red, white and blue

The first 787 for American Airlines rolled out of the paint hangar in Everett early Thursday morning. I always enjoy showing off the liveries for first time 787 customers when we can. Enjoy these photos by Tim Stake.

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