Fastest to 400

Earlier this week, we delivered our 400th 787. The delivery to Scoot came at Boeing South Carolina—and will go down in our history books.


The 400th 787 to be delivered went to Scoot. The airplane is pictured at our Boeing South Carolina delivery center. Photos by Alan Marts.

It marks the fastest accomplishment of that many deliveries for any twin-aisle commercial airplane—and the fastest for any of our airplanes since the 727.

The delivery came four years and seven months after the first 787 was handed over in September 2011. The 727 program reached the 400 milestone in April 1967, three years and six months after its first delivery.


Congratulations to our teams in Everett and North Charleston on this impressive milestone.

First quarter reflections

In keeping with tradition, I wanted to look back at some of our first quarter highlights now that we’ve reported our earnings.

The year kicked off with the first flight of the 737 MAX, and we’ve had the chance to celebrate a lot of other milestones and events with our airline customers. Here’s a look back.

  • 737 MAX completes a successful first flight, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program.

A spectacular view from Lake Washington as the first MAX takes off for its first flight. Matthew Thompson photo.


Air to air photo of the third MAX test airplane. John D. Parker photo.

  • Boeing delivers the 8,888th 737 to come off the line to Xiamen Airlines. Eight is considered a fortunate number in Chinese culture, and the airplane has a special livery to commemorate the airplane’s significance.

The 8,888th 737 is delivered. Paul Gordon photo.

  • 747-8 surpasses 1 million flight hours since the October 2011 entry into service.

One of Lufthansa’s 747-8s.

  • Continuing the Boeing tradition of building presidential aircraft, the 747 is awarded a U.S. Air Force contract for risk-reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program.
  • FedEx exercises its option to purchase one 767 Freighter.
  • CAS launches the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter program with 30 orders and 25 commitments from seven customers.

The 737-800 BCF.

  • Air China orders six 777-300ERs.
  • SWISS receives its first 777-300ER, which becomes the flagship of its long-haul fleet.
  • Qatar Airways takes its 50th 777.

The 50th 777 for Qatar. Tim Stake photo.

  • The third and final round of 777X low-speed wind-tunnel testing begins at QinetiQ in Farnborough, UK.
  • Turkish Airlines teams with Warner Bros. to create a splashy 777 livery that spotlights the movie, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

A superhero themed 777.

  • Major assembly of the first 787-10 begins.
  • 787 program moves to 12 per month rate in final assembly.
  • Boeing South Carolina delivers the 100th 787 built at the North Charleston site, a 787-8 for American Airlines.

Celebrating the delivery of the 100th 787 built by Boeing South Carolina. Alan Marts photo.

Final flight

Our friends at Boeing Test & Evaluation shared some photos of a special moment today. Boeing test pilots Mike Carriker and Chad Lundy had the good fortune to fly a 247D from Paine Field in Everett to Boeing Field in Seattle— on what would be the airplane’s final flight.


The airplane prepares to leave Paine Field for its ferry flight. Jon Lee photo.


Boeing Test & Evaluation test pilots Chad Lundy (left) and Mike Carriker give you a look inside the Model 247.

The Boeing Model 247 was developed in 1933. The all-metal, twin-engine airplane was the first modern passenger airliner.


The airplane on approach to Boeing Field. Francis Zera/Museum of Flight photo.

This particular airplane has belonged to The Museum of Flight since 1966, and is one of only four remaining in the world. It will now be placed on permanent display at the museum. Congrats to all involved in this memorable day.

Nonstop on the 787

On June 1, I plan to be on board for what will be the longest 787 flight when United launches service between San Francisco and Singapore. Using one of its 787-9s, United will be the first airline to offer nonstop service between SFO and SIN. This will also be the only nonstop service to the U.S. from Singapore.


One of United’s 787-9s.

It’s just the latest example of how the Dreamliner is opening up new routes all over the world. Just a few short months ago, 75 new nonstop routes had been opened with the 787. Today, that total has jumped to more than 100 routes that have been announced or are already in operation.

The graphic below shows all the routes between markets that were never connected before via a nonstop flight.


The efficiencies and capabilities of the 787 have made them possible. Here are just a few of the new additions to the list since the beginning of this year:

Hainan: Changsha, China to Los Angeles

LOT: Warsaw to Tokyo Narita

TUI: Birmingham, UK to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

United: San Francisco to Tel Aviv

Norwegian: Oslo to Boston

I’m looking forward to the longest 787 flight in June—and will be sure to share my experiences here on the blog.

9,000 and counting

The world’s best-selling airplane just reached another impressive milestone. Today, we delivered the 9,000th 737.


The 9000th 737 is delivered to China United.

The airplane, a 737-800, is going to China United and we were excited to celebrate with them at Boeing Field.


From the Classics, to the Next-Generation, to the MAX— the 737 just keeps getting better. With one 737 taking off or landing every 1.7 seconds, the airplane is the industry’s workhorse. On average, over 2,400 737s are in the air at any given time.

Here’s a look back at other 737 delivery milestones. Thanks to all of our 737 customers through the years— and into the future.


8000th delivery: April 2014, United, 737-900ER.


7000th delivery: December 2011, flydubai, 737-800.


6000th delivery: April 2009, ILFC (for Norwegian Air Shuttle), 737-800.


5000th delivery: February 2006, Southwest, 737-700.


4000th delivery: June 2001, Air Algerie, 737-800. (we have no photo of the actual airplane. This photo shows a 737 delivered to Air Algerie in July of 2001)


3000th delivery: February 1998, Alaska, 737-400.


2000th delivery: February 1991, Lufthansa, 737-500.


1000th delivery: December 1983, Delta, 737-200.


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