Good week for widebodies

It was a very good week for Boeing widebody sales. We received an order from Qatar Airways for 30 787-9s and 10 777-300ERs, and an order from China Southern Airlines for 12 787-9s.


The 50th 777-300ER for Qatar Airways.

Qatar is building on its existing fleet of 84 Boeing airplanes, a combination of 787s and 777s, all delivered over the past nine years. With this new order, Qatar Airways increases its firm order backlog of Boeing twin-aisle airplanes from 65 to 105, including 60 777Xs. The airline also signed a letter of intent for up to 60 737 MAX 8s. Those airplanes would be the first Boeing single-aisle commercial model to join Qatar Airways’ fleet in more than 15 years.

China Southern currently has 10 787-8s in service. The airline has opened six new nonstop global routes using 787s, connecting Guangzhou to London, Rome, Vancouver, Perth, Auckland, and Christchurch.


A 787-9 in China Southern livery.

We thank both of our customers for their confidence in our products.

End of third quarter

As the third quarter of the year came to an end, here’s where things stand on the orders and deliveries front year-to-date.


Boeing: 563

Airbus: 462

Net Orders

Boeing: 380

Airbus: 380

It’s interesting to note that Airbus finally took 82 orders from defunct Kingfisher Airlines off its books last month.

Some September highlights for Boeing included 25 net orders and 72 deliveries— and the 787 program celebrating its 5th anniversary since first delivery.


As always, the final quarter of the year is a very busy time in our factories in Everett, Renton and North Charleston. We remain committed to getting airplanes into the hands of our customers as quickly as possible.

There's a kind of hush...

When the 737 MAX flew over the open fields of Glasgow, Montana last month, Boeing engineers and technicians were all ears. They were listening to and recording every decibel of sound through microphones to certify that the MAX meets federal and international noise regulations.

The airplane is designed to be 40 percent quieter than today’s 737NG. See and hear for yourself in the video below.

Bridging the gap

Today, the 787 proved once again how it’s bridging the gap between cities that were never connected before. I had the pleasure of being on hand as Xiamen Airlines launched new nonstop service between high-tech center Shenzhen, China and Seattle using the Dreamliner. This is also the first direct international service between Shenzhen and the U.S.


A Xiamen 787 arrives at Sea-Tac International Airport, launching service from Shenzhen to Seattle.

Almost two years ago to the day, I had the honor of being on board Xiamen’s very first 787 revenue flight from Fuzhou to Beijing. Xiamen is a loyal Boeing customer and operates the largest all-Boeing fleet in China.


Today’s arrival was followed by a ceremony with officials from the airline, Sea-Tac Airport and the Port of Seattle.


I gave today’s toast celebrating the launch of new nonstop service on the 787 from Shenzhen to Seattle.

To complete the build out of a network that extends beyond Seattle, the airline has signed a partnership agreement with Alaska Airlines that allows passengers traveling to Seattle via Xiamen Airlines, to fly onward to 61 major and secondary destinations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Congratulations to our friends at Xiamen and thanks for showing the power of the 787.

Ready for real life

Starting September 22, the 737 MAX enters a portion of flight testing that will really put the airplane through its paces.

It’s called SROV - which stands for Service Ready Operational Validation. With the help of launch customer Southwest Airlines, we’ll take the MAX to several of the airports in Southwest’s system to simulate the kind of real life things the airplane will encounter on any given day of revenue service.


The 4th 737 MAX flying near Mt. Rainier.

Using MAX test airplane #4 over a six day period, pilots from Southwest and Boeing will fly routes from Love Field in Dallas to cities including Albuquerque, Denver, Chicago, Austin and Phoenix. Southwest’s maintenance and ground crews at each airport will get hands-on experience, doing everything from towing and fueling the airplane, to conducting fit checks of ground support equipment and performing maintenance.


MAX #4 at the Farnborough Airshow.

You may remember that we performed SROV activities with the 787 a few years ago, taking the Dreamliner to Japan for similar exercises with ANA. You can get a better idea of exactly what goes on during SROV in this video from 2011.

As I said earlier, SROV is part of flight testing—which in itself is always dynamic. Flight plans filed each day may change for a variety of reasons— from weather, to the simple fact that we decide to run more simulations at a certain airport.

Our goal is to show the MAX is ready to enter service next year as we start delivering the airplane to our customers. And for that—we couldn’t be more excited.


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