There's no question

This past week, we booked two new orders for the world’s best selling airplane— the 737. If you’re keeping count, that brings our grand total of 737 orders through the years to 12,720.

I bring this up because Airbus has apparently lost count along the way. In one of their recent press releases, they included this sentence:

“The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 11,500 orders to date and over 6,400 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide.”

While it may sound good, it simply isn’t true.

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The 737 factory in Renton.

As Aviation Week noted just a few weeks ago in this piece (nice looking ad by the way), the 737 family of airplanes is the “best-selling jetliner in history.”

The 737 numbers are clear: 12,720 ordered. 8,541 delivered.

With more than 4,100 airplanes in our backlog and with 2,720 737 MAXs on order, the 737 will be the leader for a long time to come.

767 milestone

The 767 program had good reason to celebrate after delivering the 100th 767 Freighter a few days ago. The team was proud to hand over the airplane to our friends at FedEx.

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The 100th 767 Freighter comes down the line in our Everett factory.

The program continues to invest in and improve the production system and the airplane itself, keep it a vital part of our cargo customers’ networks. A performance improvement package engine from GE was delivered this year, adding another half-point in fuel efficiency.

There are still many longtime Boeing employees who’ve had a hand in each of the 100 767 Freighters through the years. Dave Abelson, the first shift daytime flight line crew leader, knows it’s all about teamwork.

“This is such a team effort,” Abelson said. “This program wouldn’t be what it is without everyone’s work. It’s not just one person or one crew. It’s the full team that makes a difference.”

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767 employees sign a banner marking the 100th Freighter.

Cargo operators are keeping the fleet busy with an average utilization of nearly 10 hours a day. The fleet has accumulated more than two million flight hours combined.

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Flyaway of the 100th 767 Freighter.

Congratulations to the 767 team for this great milestone, and thanks to all of our customers for making it happen.

Blue and gold

I always enjoy showing off the livery of a new 787 customer. And this one is especially striking.

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Boeing photographer Tim Stake captured these images yesterday of the first flight of the first 787 for Vietnam Airlines.

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Vietnam Airlines has eight 787-9s on order and an additional 11 through lease agreements. London is the first city they’ll be using the 787.

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The airplane features their new blue and gold lotus livery.

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Congratulations to Vietnam Airlines on this beauty. We look forward to delivering it soon.

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Celebrating at Safeco

We recently celebrated a milestone with Turkish Airlines as they took delivery of their 125th airplane purchased from Boeing. The airplane is a 737-900ER.

To mark the occasion, we took over Seattle’s Safeco Field—home of the Mariners—for an event that was truly memorable.

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Turkish is scheduled to take a total of 12 deliveries this year, including five 737s and seven 777-300ERs.

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We thank them for a partnership that stretches more than 40 years—and look forward to the future.

Staying busy

As the orders and deliveries tally came out today, it once again reinforced exactly how our team is executing on our production rate increases.

Through the end of April, we’ve delivered 250 airplanes this year. That includes 41 787s. During the same time period last year, we delivered a total of 217 airplanes. That’s an impressive uptick.

So far this year, we’ve booked a total of 128 net orders. Just this past week, we added orders for nine more 787s and five more 777-300ERs. We thank all of our customers.

Today also brought two milestones—one for our customer and one for the 737 MAX team.

American Airlines launched its inaugural 787 service with a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Chicago O’Hare. My colleagues who attended the sendoff tell me passengers were all smiles.

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In fact, the sold out flight had requests for over 70 upgrades—but obviously there wasn’t a single “no show” up front. Congrats to our friends at American on this big day.

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Also today, the 737 MAX program announced that flight testing is underway on the LEAP-1B engine. The engine performed well during a five hour, 30 minute first flight on a modified 747 testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California.

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This is part of the most extensive ground and flight test certification program in CFM’s history.

It’s been a busy week—with much more to come.

 

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