Loss of MH17

Just minutes after departing the Farnborough Airshow grounds, we received the terrible news about the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

While this past week brought out the competitive nature in all of us, events like MH17 bring the entire industry together in mourning and solidarity.

Our thoughts go out to all those on board, their families and loved ones.

Race to the finish

For the second time in two weeks, we’ve finalized another big 777X order. Qatar Airways officially booked an order for 50 777-9Xs during the third day of the Farnborough Airshow.

image/photo

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

The airline also announced a commitment for 50 additional 777-9X purchase rights and their intent to order four 777 Freighters with options for four more. We thank Qatar for their confidence in the 777 and 777X.

In addition to the Qatar order, Wednesday saw a flurry of customer announcements. Here’s a look at the day in photos.

image/photo

Air Algerie ordered two Next-Generation 737-700C convertible airplanes.

image/photo

MG Aviation finalized an order for two more 787-9s.

image/photo

Hainan Airlines announced a commitment for 50 737 MAX 8s.

I’ll end by mentioning two other things unrelated to the air show— but still important. The 5,000th Next-Generation 737 has rolled out of the Renton factory destined for the US Navy.

image/photo

The 5000th 737NG is a Boeing C-40A Clipper - a modified 737-700C.

And a Lufthansa 747-8 Intercontinental touched down in Berlin with the winning 2014 World Cup German national team onboard. We’re proud to see Boeing airplanes all over the world.

image/photo

Looking to the future

We kicked off Day 2 of the Farnborough Airshow by showing what the future holds when it comes to the 777X passenger experience.

image/photo

Here’s a look at what the future holds inside the 777X.

We’ll build on the interior of today’s 777 and apply 787 Dreamliner cabin innovations, including:

  • A cabin altitude of 6,000 feet, comparable to the 787

  • Windows that are more than 15 percent larger than the competition

  • A cabin that is 16 inches wider than the competition

  • Higher cabin humidity, comparable to the 787

  • Enhanced air filtration, next-generation LED lighting, and lower cabin noise

The rest of Day 2 included three more customer announcements and the 787-9 flying display.

By the way, there’s been some speculation that a video showing the 787-9 practicing for the air show over Moses Lake, Washington was computer generated animation. I can tell you for certain that it is actually very real— and quite spectacular. We used a helicopter to capture what this airplane is fully capable of. See the video below— followed a recap of Day 2 in photos.

image/photo

Air Lease Corporation ordered 26 airplanes - six 777-300ERs and reconfirmed 20 737 MAX 8s.

image/photo

Intrepid Aviation announced the leasing company’s first direct Boeing order for six 777-300ERs.

image/photo

CIT Group Inc. announced that CIT Aerospace placed an order for 10 787-9 Dreamliners.

image/photo

Paying a visit to the 787-9 before its flying display.

image/photo

Tasty tomatoes at a great little Italian place close to the air show.

image/photo

Now that’s a great pizza.

Dazzling day

The first day of the Farnborough Airshow came to an end with the 787-9 wowing the crowd during the flying display. It was the perfect way to wrap up what turned out to be a very busy day. In addition to these photos, check out this amazing video.

image/photo

The 787-9 takes part in Monday’s flying display at Farnborough. Photos by Steve Eastell.

image/photo

To no one’s surprise, Airbus kicked things off by formally launching the A330neo. I spent most of the day fielding questions from reporters about my thoughts on that move. As I told them, even talking about the A330neo proves that Airbus’ A350 strategy has failed. The A350-800 is basically extinct, and the A350-1000 isn’t going anywhere. Their answer— an airplane they pulled from the market 10 years ago. It couldn’t compete with the 787 then—and can’t compete in the future.

Entering the air show with 649 net orders on the year, we picked up another 51 orders and commitments on Day 1. We started things off with Monarch Airlines and their selection of the 737 MAX 8. It’s truly a pleasure to know the Monarch livery will once again be on 737s, and we appreciate their vote of confidence as they start a fleet transition to Boeing single-aisle airplanes.

image/photo

Monarch Airlines and Boeing are finalizing terms and working towards a Purchase Agreement for 30 737 MAX 8s. Photo by Steve Eastell.

Okay Airways from China placed an order for 737 MAXs and Next-Generation 737s. And the leasing company Avolon committed to 787-9 Dreamliners and more 737 MAXs. We thank them all for their business and look forward to growing with them.

image/photo

Okay Airways announced an order for six 737 MAX 8s and four Next-Generation 737-800s. Photo by Marian Lockhart.

image/photo

Avolon announced a commitment for six 787-9 Dreamliners and five additional 737 MAX 9s. Photo by Marian Lockhart.

More announcements still to come as the week goes on—so stay tuned.

Flying at Farnborough

The 787-9 has successfully wrapped up its validation flights at Farnborough. Now, we look forward to seeing it each day during the flying display starting Monday. Enjoy these fantastic photos taken by Boeing photographer Marian Lockhart during the validation flights.

image/photo

image/photo

image/photo

image/photo

image/photo

image/photo

 

More posts