100 strong

It’s hard to talk about the 777-300ER without talking about Emirates. The airline just took delivery of its 100th 777-300ER.

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Even on a gray day in Everett, the 100th 777-300ER for Emirates looks beautiful.

The 777 has been a key part of the Emirates fleet. With this delivery, the airline will have a total of 142 777s in operation.

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Emirates and Boeing celebrate the delivery of Emirates’ 100th 777-300ER.

Emirates president Tim Clark called the 777-300ER “one of the most remarkable aircraft ever built.” We couldn’t agree more—but it’s even better to hear it from our customer. Just check out their infographic below.

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While Emirates has ordered 150 of our new 777Xs, they still have 51 777-300ERs on direct order. We’re thrilled that the 777-300ER will play a major role in Emirates’ operations for years to come.

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Congrats to Emirates!

Party in the sky

You probably know that I’m a big music fan. So it was especially fun to see our European launch customer for the 787-9, Virgin Atlantic, host a live musical gig on its inaugural Dreamliner flight from London to Atlanta.

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The bands Rudimental and Gorgon City jumped at the chance to perform on board Virgin Atlantic’s 787-9.

Titled #FlightDecks, UK bands Rudimental and Gorgon City preformed 35,000 feet above the Atlantic last week— all of it live streamed via Wi-Fi on Virgin’s newest addition to its fleet. Check out the fun in this video.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier group of passengers.

Flying from ‘old’ England to New England, Virgin began its first commercial revenue flights today with the 787-9 on its London Heathrow to Boston route, and will be operating the Dreamliner on six of the airline’s seven weekly services.

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A special livery on Virgin Atlantic’s 787-9.

Celebrating Virgin Atlantic’s 30th year, its new 787-9 is named ‘Birthday Girl’ and features a special livery. For the first time ever, the iconic Virgin Atlantic ‘Flying Lady’ is displayed face on - and she is carrying a celebratory champagne coupe. Go inside the airplane in this photo gallery from USA Today.

We’re now looking forward to delivering the next 15 787-9s Virgin currently has on order. Congratulations!

Record route

We had to revise our 787 route map today after United Airlines completed what is now the longest nonstop Dreamliner route in the world. UAL Flight 98, a 787-9, left Los Angeles around 10:30pm Pacific on Sunday night, and landed in Melbourne about 15 hours later.

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United’s new Boeing 787-9 at Terminal 7, gate 74, at LAX prior to launching the longest 787 route in the world.

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United representatives and Australian officials perform a ribbon cutting for the launch of the airline’s new nonstop Dreamliner service to Melbourne.

The flight, coming in at 6,882 nautical miles, now tops our list for the longest 787 nonstop route. It beat out the previous record of 6,217 nautical miles held by Ethiopian Airlines on their Toronto to Addis Ababa route. Here’s a look at the new list of Top 10 Longest Routes for the 787:

  1. United, Los Angeles to Melbourne: 6,882 nmi
  2. Ethiopian, Toronto to Addis Ababa: 6,217 nmi
  3. Aeromexico, Tokyo to Mexico City: 6,086 nmi
  4. United, San Francisco to Chengdu: 5,970 nmi
  5. JAL, New York to Toyko: 5,861 nmi
  6. Hainan, Beijing to Boston: 5,855 nmi
  7. JAL, Tokyo to Boston: 5,824 nmi
  8. LAN, Madrid to Santiago: 5,776 nmi
  9. Hainan, Chicago to Beijing: 5,718 nmi
  10. Hainan, Beijing to Toronto: 5,717 nmi
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United’s 787-9 after landing in Melbourne.

It’s exciting for us to see the 787 do exactly what we promised our customers it would do—- open up new routes all over the world. Congratulations to United on this record flight.

The home stretch

The numbers speak for themselves. During the third quarter of this year, we delivered 186 commercial airplanes and added 501 net new orders. A new record backlog of more than 5,500 airplanes represents more than 7 years of production at current rates.

This sets us up for what promises to be an exciting race to the finish line of 2014. As we focus on our production rate increases and a smooth transition from the Next-Generation 737 to the 737 MAX, and from the 777 to the 777X, here’s a look back at the highlights from the third quarter in photos—- and in this video.

737

• The 737 MAX 200 is launched, a variant based on the 737 MAX 8 that can accommodate up to 200 seats, with a 100-airplane commitment from Ryanair.

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Michael O’Leary and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner announce the launch of the 737 MAX 200 in New York City.

• Ethiopian Airlines announces an order for 20 737 MAX 8s, previously unidentified. It is Boeing’s biggest order, by volume, from an African carrier.

• The 5,000th Next-Generation 737 rolls out, a C-40A Clipper for the U.S. Navy based on a modified 737-700C.

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Rollout of the 5,000th Next-Generation 737.

747

• Silk Way Airlines, based in Azerbaijan, takes delivery of two 747-8 Freighters.

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Silk Way Airlines took delivery of its first two 747-8 Freighters. The freighters will allow the Azerbaijan-based airline to carry cargo more efficiently.

• Cargolux, the first operator of the 747-8 Freighter, adds a 10th airplane of that type to its fleet.

• Air China takes the first of seven 747-8 Intercontinentals on order and becomes the first carrier in Asia to operate the passenger version of the jumbo jet.

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Air China’s first 747-8 Intercontinental is unveiled in Beijing.

• Two 747-8s - a Lufthansa Intercontinental and a Silk Way Airlines Freighter - make their first appearance at the Istanbul Airshow.

• A Lufthansa 747-8 Intercontinental in special livery flies the German national soccer team home after their 2014 World Cup win in Brazil.

777

• Emirates Airline finalizes an order for 150 777X airplanes. The order, first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, was part of the largest product launch, by value, in commercial airplane history.

• Qatar Airways finalizes an order for 50 777-9Xs, first announced as a commitment when the airplane was launched last November.

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His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways and Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, at the 777X order announcement at Farnborough.

• All Nippon Airways finalizes an order for 20 777-9Xs and six 777-300ERs. The order, which also included 787s, was the largest in ANA history in dollar terms.

• Boeing announces details of the 777X interior configuration that build on popular features of the 787 such as larger windows, higher cabin humidity and a more comfortable cabin altitude.

• Emirates, the world’s largest 777 operator, takes delivery of Boeing’s 500th 777-300ER. It’s the 97th 777-300ER in the Emirates fleet.

• China Eastern Airlines, based in Shanghai, takes delivery of the first of 20 777-300ERs it has on order. The carrier plans to use them to replace its fleet of A340-600s and ultimately expand its long-haul network.

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China Eastern debuted its new livery when it took delivery of its first 777-300ER.

787

• Launch customer Air New Zealand celebrates delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner.

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First delivery of the 787-9.

• All Nippon Airways becomes the first operator to fly both the 787-8 and 787-9 and finalizes an order for 14 more 787-9s - part of the largest order in the airline’s history in dollar terms.

• The 787-9 makes its air show debut at the Farnborough International Airshow. A YouTube video (embedded below) of the practice routine goes viral, becoming the most-watched Boeing-produced video of all time.

• The Federal Aviation Administration certifies the 787-9 Dreamliner with GE engines for commercial service. Certification of the overall 787-9 design and of 787-9s with Rolls-Royce engines occurred in June.

• United Airlines takes delivery of its first 787-9, becoming the first airline in North America to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9.

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United takes delivery of its first 787-9. The airplane is also the first 787-9 delivered to a North American airline.

• Leasing company Avolon finalizes an order for six 787-9s first announced at the Farnborough International Airshow. The order also included five additional 737 MAX 9s.

• Leasing company CIT Group orders 10 787-9 Dreamliners, bringing its 787 orders to 20, including 16 787-9s.

• Three new airlines began operating the 787: Thai Airways, Royal Jordanian and Xiamen Airlines.

Commercial Aviation Services

• A new Customer Support Operations Center opens in Seal Beach, Calif., to align CAS customer support resources in a single location. By the end of 2015 the center will provide in-service support to operators of the Next-Generation 737, 747, 767 and 777, in addition to support for out-of-production airplane models.

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Our new CAS Operations center opens in Seal Beach.

• To better support customers in Southeast Asia, Boeing and SIA Engineering Company (part of the Singapore Airlines Group) agree to form a joint venture — Boeing Asia Pacific Aviation Services — to provide engineering, spare parts, repair and maintenance services to Boeing airplanes.

• The Flight Services London Gatwick training campus marks 10 years. During that time, the site grew from four full-flight simulators to seven, including three advanced 787 training devices - the most at any single Boeing Flight Services campus.

• Boeing contracts with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems to produce the Boeing Tri-band, a new radome, or weather-proof structure, that protects an airplane’s antenna to enable reliable satellite communications.

Sounds of progress

The sounds of progress could be heard everywhere as we broke ground today for the new 777X composite wing center in Everett. With construction equipment blaring away in the background, we celebrated the present and looked toward the future.

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This aerial view above the Everett site shows how much construction is already underway on the 777X composite wing center site.

The 777X wing center will be massive. 1 million square feet, big enough to house 25 football fields. Inside, it will be the home of three autoclaves—some of the largest in the world. When the facility opens in 2016, it will put our employees on the cutting edge of composite technology.

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This artist’s rendering shows the exterior of the future 777X composite wing center.

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This drawing shows the interior of the facility and the three giant autoclaves.

Boeing’s investment of more than $1 billion in construction and outfitting of the building alone proves just how important this airplane is to the company, our employees and the entire Puget Sound region. Here’s a look at today’s celebration in photos.

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Celebrating the groundbreaking in Everett. Katie Lomax photo.

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A time capsule made of composites will be placed on the site of the 777X wing center. It will be filled with special items from Boeing employees and the community— including a photo of the Lombardi trophy from the Seattle Seahawks and a Felix Hernandez bobblehead from the Seattle Mariners.

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BCA President and CEO Ray Conner is surprised with a composite shovel to use for the groundbreaking. Katie Lomax photo.

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Here’s to the future! Katie Lomax photo.

 

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