The Dreamliner effect

We’re always proud and excited to see our customers take home their first 787. Kenya Airways took delivery of their first Dreamliner last week. That’s 18 customers and counting.

Of course, we’re just as proud to hear positive feedback from customers that are already flying the 787. LOT Polish Airlines recently credited what it calls the “Dreamliner effect” for directly contributing to a net profit for the first time in five years.

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When announcing its 2013 financial results, LOT said that thanks to the 787— the airline gained as much as PLN 95 million (Polish zloty). Their news release speaks to the benefits of the airplane.

“All in all, thanks to the Dreamliner, the number of the business and premium class passengers in 2013 increased by over 80 percent compared to 2012. The Boeing 787 offers greater business opportunities in terms of cargo carriage. Furthermore, because long-haul flights (New York, Chicago, Toronto, Beijing) were operated with the Dreamliner, LOT saved several million of PLN on the reduced fuel consumption.”

These real world results are exactly what we had in mind when we designed and built the 787. And we thank our customers for sharing them.

Dark and stormy

It was fitting that we picked a dark and stormy night in Everett to debut the first 787-9 to be delivered to Air New Zealand. In fact, the airplane’s distinctive black color scheme looked downright gorgeous in the pouring rain.

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The first 787-9 to be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand rolls out of the paint hangar in Everett late Saturday night. All photos by Gail Hanusa.

Air New Zealand plans to have the airplane begin service on its Auckland-Perth route later this year. The airline has 10 787-9s on order.

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Tipping point

The new single-aisle order trend is tipping toward the 737 MAX, which since its first order has claimed more than 50 percent of new single-aisle orders placed versus the neo.

The airplane is proving to be popular not only with current 737 customers, but with new customers as well. Today, Air Canada finalized an order for 61 737 MAXs, bringing total MAX orders to 1,934.

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Thanks to Air Canada for their 737 MAX order.

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Air Canada has invested in 33 MAX 8s and 28 MAX 9s to replace its current all Airbus single-aisle fleet. While we often talk about the advantages of the 737 MAX 8, because it lies in the heart of the single-aisle market, this investment by our customer points to the value the MAX 9 offers.

Carrying 31 more seats than the 737 MAX 8 in a single-class configuration, the MAX 9 offers the best fuel efficiency per seat and lowest seat-mile cost in the family. In comparing it in a two-class configuration to the A321neo, the 737 MAX 9 is 6 percent lighter and costs 7 percent less to operate per trip no matter how far you fly, thus providing the most cost efficient option to the marketplace.

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The 737 MAX 9.

Other customers like Aeromexico, Alaska, Icelandair, United, Lion Air, Turkish, TUI and lessors such as ALC, ACG and Avolon have also invested in the value the MAX 9 can bring to their fleet. To date, 12 customers have placed a total of 281 MAX 9 orders. And we expect this number to continue to grow as customers exercise options and conversion rights and new customers order the airplane.

Going forward, we expect the new single-aisle order trend to continue toward the MAX.

A great blend

I wanted to share more photos of a head-turning livery showcasing the partnership between Boeing and Ryanair. This Next-Generation 737-800 blends the colors and logos of Boeing and our customer. The airplane is one of nearly 300 737-800s currently in Ryanair’s all-Boeing fleet.

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The airline ordered an additional 175 of the airplanes at last year’s Paris Air Show. We’re proud of this special livery and our partnership that keeps getting stronger. All photos courtesy of Geert de Jong/CheeseWorks.

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FIDAE 2014

SANTIAGO - Hello from Chile, where I’m wrapping up a few days at the FIDAE Air Show. Before I talk about my trip here, I want to say how excited we are about ANA’s big commitment for 40 of our twin-aisle airplanes. That includes 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9s and 6 777-300ERs.

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The 777-9X in ANA livery.

On the single-aisle side, we also got news today that Japan Transocean Air committed to buy 12 Next-Generation 737-800s. Those airplanes will be part of the airline’s fleet renewal program for its existing 737 Classics.

Of course, single-aisle airplanes are the big story back here in Latin America—expected to make up more than 80 percent of new deliveries in the next two decades. But we’re also in active campaigns for our widebodies. As a whole, we forecast that Latin America will need 2,900 new airplanes valued at $300 billion. And while this region is ultra competitive, we know our products like the new 737 MAX will be up for the challenge.

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“Life is a great adventure.” One of the billboards at FIDAE showcasing the 737 MAX.

I’ll leave you with some of the images from the FIDEA Air Show.

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GOL shows off a Next-Generation 737-800. The airline has also ordered 60 of our 737 MAXs.

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The beautiful sky interior of GOL’s 737-800.

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We welcomed U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Michael A. Hammer (center), to the Boeing Booth at FIDAE.

 

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