Touchdown in Seattle

Less than one week after completing its first flight at Boeing South Carolina, the first 787-10 made a cross-country trek on Thursday to Seattle’s Boeing Field. The airplane will now begin comprehensive flight testing based out of Puget Sound. Enjoy the photos of the arrival in Seattle from photographer Craig Larsen.

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787-10 first flight

The first flight of a new airplane is one of the most exciting moments here at Boeing. And I hope you were able to tune into today’s webcast of the 787-10’s first flight at Boeing South Carolina.

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The 787-10 takes off on its first flight.

While the weather forecast looked dire all week, the storms ended and our pilots were able to get the airplane up a few minutes earlier than planned.

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Air to air photo of the 787-10 during its maiden flight.

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Flying over the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston.

For four hours and 58 minutes, Captains Tim Berg and Mike Bryan put the 787-10 through its paces by performing tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities. Both said the airplane handled beautifully.

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Thumbs up after a successful first flight.

Thanks to our employees, our customers and our suppliers for helping us reach this milestone. Please enjoy the highlights webpage featuring more photos and video.

List price update

Today, we updated the catalog prices for our commercial airplanes. List prices for all models increased by 2.2 percent over July 2015 prices. The adjustment reflects the higher costs for wages, goods and services.

As always, our goal is to ensure that Boeing is offering the right products at the right price, setting the standard for value and service for our customers all over the world.

Rollout in Renton

This has been a huge week for the 737 MAX program. Flight testing wrapped up on the MAX 8, we gave you a first look at the proposed MAX 10X, and today— the first MAX 9 rolled out of the paint hangar in Renton.

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The first 737 MAX 9. All photos by Marian Lockhart.

Thousands of employees gathered to mark the milestone. The airplane will now go through system checks, fueling and engine runs before starting its own round of flight testing.

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The MAX 9 is scheduled to enter service in 2018. To see more on how this airplane enhances our MAX family, check out this webpage.

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MAX 10X

You’ve probably heard a lot about our studies of a new stretched variant of the 737 MAX. Today at ISTAT Americas in San Diego, I confirmed that Boeing is actively engaged in discussions with customers about the 737 MAX 10X. In fact, we’ve already extended business offers to some of those customers.

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Your first look at the 737 MAX 10X.

This airplane would give airlines increased capacity and the lowest seat costs ever for a single-aisle airplane. Simply put, the 737 MAX 10X would be the most profitable single-aisle airplane the industry has ever seen.

So how would it match up against the competition?

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Compared to the A321neo, the MAX 10X would offer the same capacity, lower costs (5 percent lower per seat and 5 percent lower per trip) and more range.

This would be a relatively minor development program. The MAX 10X would follow the MAX 200 and MAX 7, with entry into service in the 2020 time frame.

Let’s be clear. The MAX 9 is still an exceptional airplane. The 10X would extend and strengthen the overall MAX family— a family that we’ve designed to offer exceptional performance, flexibility, efficiency and commonality. We look forward to our continued discussions with customers.

 

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