Service with a smile

During my swing through China this past week, I got to experience something special. I had the honor of flying on Xiamen Airlines’ first 787 revenue flight.

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Here’s me boarding the first Xiamen 787 commercial flight.

The flight, from Fuzhou to Beijing, was full of excited passengers and crew. The flight was smooth, the service was outstanding and the airplane itself is beautiful.

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Service with a smile. The great crew on Xiamen’s 787.

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I was joined on board by Lucy Yi, dressed in white, our sales director for Xiamen.

Xiamen wasted no time in putting this airplane into service after taking delivery on August 29. The airline will use the 787 on long-haul routes from its Fujian province base to Europe, North America and Australia.

Thanks to everyone at Xiamen for their hospitality.

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The gamechanger

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said today felt like being a kid on Christmas morning. And we were more than happy to play Santa Claus with the launch of the 737 MAX 200.

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The 737 MAX 200 in Ryanair livery.

Sporting a Seattle Seahawks jersey and a leather bomber jacket that read “gamechanger,” O’Leary endorsed the newest member of the 737 MAX family with a commitment for 100 airplanes with first delivery in 2019. The airline also has options for 100 more.

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Michael O’Leary and Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner announce the launch of the 737 MAX 200 in New York City.

While the MAX 200 can accommodate up to 200 seats with 20 percent lower fuel use, Ryanair plans to operate the airplane with 197 seats. The airline will also make use of the Boeing Sky Interior and new slimline seats to offer more leg room than their existing 737-800 fleet.

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This is an airplane that Ryanair has been asking for—and we’re proud to finally be able to bring it to market. We are developing this airplane in response to the needs of the fast growing low-cost sector, which is forecasted to account for 35 percent of single-aisle capacity by 2033.

While the heart of the single-aisle market will remain at 160 seats, the 737 MAX will give Ryanair and other customers the flexibility they need to offer lower ticket prices and meet growing demand—while keeping fuel costs down.

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Michael will join the Boeing team out in Seattle tomorrow to meet with some of our employees and to take delivery of his latest 737-800 just out of the Renton factory. We trust he’ll remember to bring the Seahawks jersey along as well.

Thanks to Ryanair for once again keeping our team in Renton very busy. Enjoy the video below showing off what the airplane will look like.

The leader by all measures

A strong 2014 continues to get even stronger in the orders and deliveries race.

Through Sept. 2, Boeing booked 941 net orders. Airbus recorded 722 net orders through the end of August.

For those of you who keep track of gross orders, we’re also ahead 1,004 to 1,001.

On the deliveries side through the end of August, Boeing leads 461 to 389.

This race is far from over—and we’re more focused than ever to end the year on a high note.

Speaking of orders and deliveries, I’m currently in China where the demand for new airplanes continues to grow. I unveiled the Current Market Outlook for China today, and the numbers are impressive.

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I unveiled the Current Market Outlook for China during a press briefing in Beijing today.

Over the next 20 years, we project China will need 6,020 new commercial airplanes valued at $870 billion. That accounts for more than 16 percent of the total global demand in terms of both new deliveries and market value.

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One thing to keep a close eye on in China is the tough, long-haul international market. Chinese carriers are focused on new business models, adding new destinations and increasing their capacity.

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I snapped this photo of a Hainan 787 pushing back from the gate at Haikou Airport.

That means demand for higher efficiency airplanes, low operating costs, environmentally progressive technologies and a great passenger experience. Of course, we believe our current and future product lineup matches those needs perfectly.

I’ll leave you with a photo of another great meal in Beijing.

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Noodles in Beijing!

A week of "firsts"

Over the past seven days, we’ve seen a flurry of “firsts” involving our airplanes and our customers. And it’s not just 787 customers taking delivery of their first airplanes. Here’s a look at what we’ve been celebrating the past week—in photos.

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United takes delivery of its first 787-9. The airplane is also the first 787-9 delivered to a North American airline.

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Xiamen takes delivery of its first 787. Xiamen becomes the third Chinese airline to operate the 787 and will use it on long-haul routes from its Fujian province base to Europe, North America and Australia.

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Silk Way Airlines took delivery of its first two 747-8 Freighters. The freighters will allow the Azerbaijan-based airline to carry cargo more efficiently.

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Royal Jordanian took delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane will play a central role in the Amman-based airline’s strategic plan for fleet modernization.

Gridiron debut

We know the 787’s carbon fiber structure is light—but strong. And now, it’s being put to work in the air and on the gridiron.

Boeing is teaming up with Russell Athletic to use excess carbon fiber in athletic gear. The material will first be used in Russell’s new CarbonTek football shoulder pads.

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Pro football wide receiver Pierre Garcon wears the CarbonTek shoulder pad system, with an exosketon made of 787 carbon fiber. He’s seen here inside a 787 carbon composite fuselage.

Those pads have the sports industry’s first-ever exoskeleton made of aerospace-grade carbon fiber, which is thinner, stronger and approximately 10 percent lighter compared to competitors. Sounds a lot like our Dreamliners.

We’re told several elite college players will be wearing the special shoulder pads throughout this year’s football season, as well as pro stars Pierre Garcon, Mark Ingram and Colt McCoy.

While all of this is exciting for both aviation and football fans, it’s also an important part of Boeing’s environmental efforts. We already market surplus factory materials and we see more opportunities to repurpose carbon fiber as we keep building 787s and eventually composite wings for the 777X.

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Carbon fiber used to manufacture the 787 Dreamliner.

Enjoy the video below that has some behind the scenes footage of Russell Athletic’s ad campaign.

 

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