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.
• 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.
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.
Rollout of the 5,000th Next-Generation 737.
• Silk Way Airlines, based in Azerbaijan, takes delivery of two 747-8 Freighters.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
China Eastern debuted its new livery when it took delivery of its first 777-300ER.
• Launch customer Air New Zealand celebrates delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner.
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.
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.
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• 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.
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.