Number 500

Milestone deliveries are always special. And the one today in Everett was a proud moment for everyone who has ever been associated with the 777 program.

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The 500th 777-300ER goes to Emirates.

We delivered our 500th 777-300ER to Emirates this morning. Ten years after its first delivery, the airplane still remains the market leader and a passenger favorite.

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The 777-300ER is surrounded by employees at its roll-out on November 14, 2002.

Thanks to Emirates and all 37 of our 777-300ER customers around the world for your continued confidence in the airplane.

Next in line

Just a few weeks after our 1,500th 747 was delivered to Lufthansa, we’re getting ready for the next airline to take delivery of the new 747-8 Intercontinental.

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The first 747-8 Intercontinental for Air China.

Air China’s first 747-8 recently rolled out of the paint hangar in Everett. Air China has five Intercontinentals on order. This first airplane will be delivered later in the fall.

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Air China will become the second airline customer to take delivery of the Intercontinental. They plan to use the airplanes to expand their international routes.

The second quarter

Today’s strong earnings report shows that our focus on production rate increases, quality and productivity is paying off. All of those elements will be even more important as we head into the future. With the launch of the A330neo, both Boeing and Airbus have set their product strategy for the next decade.

Our goal is to prove that our products and services are unmatched in the industry. With a record backlog of more than 5,200 airplanes— and many more to sell—executing on our plan has never been more important.

As we look forward to the challenge— we take a look back at the achievements from the second quarter in pictures.

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The 787-9 is certified for commercial service.

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Air New Zealand completes contractual delivery of their first 787-9.

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The 787 program marks 100,000 revenue flights and 20 million passengers.

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Boeing delivers the 8,000th 737 to come off the production line - a 737-900ER for United Airlines.

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The 737 MAX program surpasses 2,000 orders.

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The 737 program delivers 124 airplanes in the quarter, a new record.

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The 1,500th 747 is delivered— a 747-8 Intercontinental for Lufthansa.

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Riga International Airport in Latvia becomes the 150th airport served by the 747-8.

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777X design refinements are made to increase fuel efficiency and reduce airplane weight.

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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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