Triple milestone

Our latest 787 delivery can claim three big milestones. It’s the first for Air France, the 50th for AerCap, and the 500th Dreamliner to roll off our production lines.

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The 787-9 landed today in Paris and will be deployed on Air France’s Paris to Cairo route starting in January.

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The Air France-KLM Group has ordered a total of 18 787-9s and seven 787-10s, with an additional 12 787-9s leased through AerCap.

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Congratulations to Air France, AerCap and to all our 787 employees on this triple milestone airplane. Below you can watch a time lapse video showing the airplane as it went through final assembly at our Everett factory.

Special delivery

Our team at Boeing South Carolina marked a special delivery today. The first aftbody and midbody barrels for the first 787-10 were delivered to our Final Assembly building.

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Employees proudly accompanied the barrels as they made the short trip across the North Charleston campus. Final assembly gets underway there soon.

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Congratulations to all our 787 team members. We look forward to many milestones still to come with the -10.

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Proven workhorse

I always like to point out some of the great things we’re doing at our Renton factory in support of the defense side of the Boeing house. Earlier this month, we delivered a C-40A Combi to the U.S. Navy Reserves. That’s the 15th such delivery since 2001.

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A C-40A takes off for delivery to the U.S. Navy Reserves after receiving modifications. Felix Sanchez photo.

The airplane is based on the 737-700C platform. After being built in Renton, it was delivered to Boeing’s defense and commercial derivative maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in San Antonio. There, the aircraft received an interior modification converting it into the Combi configuration before being delivered to the Navy.

The C-40A is a proven workhorse that can be used in various configurations, including all-passenger, all-cargo or Combi, which can transport both cargo pallets and passengers on the main deck. That versatility and reliability make the aircraft well-suited for troop and cargo transport missions throughout the world.

Strong month for widebodies

October will go down as a strong month for our widebody airplanes. We booked 77 total net orders during the month—72 of them being twin-aisle orders.

Qatar Airways order for 30 787-9s and 10 777-300ERs led the way, followed by a UPS order for 14 747-8 Freighters.

On the deliveries side, we saw 54 airplanes turned over to our customers.

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For the year, our net order total now stands at 457 airplanes. And we’ve delivered a total of 617 airplanes.

UPDATE

Airbus has now released its numbers. They have 395 net orders through the end of October and 516 deliveries.

Beautiful, like a rainbow

As most of you know, the weather this time of year in the Seattle area is pretty depressing. But sometimes, we get a brief window of pure bliss. Such was the case when our photographer Tim Stake headed out to take pictures of United’s first 777-300ER fresh out of the paint hangar. Rainbow + Airplane = Picture Perfect.

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