8,000 delivered

A little over two years ago, I was talking about the delivery of the 7,000th 737. Today, we’re already marking the 8,000th delivery— something that has never been done in the history of commercial airplanes.

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The 8,000th 737 to be delivered heads for Boeing Field. Jim Anderson photo.

United Airlines took home this beauty, a Next-Generation 737-900ER with a special logo to mark the milestone airplane.

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A special logo marks the 8,000th 737 to be delivered. Jim Anderson photo.

737 deliveries don’t show any signs of slowing down. Orders for the Next-Generation 737 and the new 737 MAX keep coming in as we continue to make the airplane more fuel efficient, with new features like the Boeing Sky Interior that our customers can build their fleet on in the years to come.

With an impressive backlog of more than 3,700 airplanes on order, including 1,934 orders for the new 737 MAX, the 737 program is busy making sure these airplanes get to our customers as soon as possible.

The team in Renton took time this week to not only celebrate the 8,000th delivery, but to also mark production increasing to 42 airplanes per month.

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737 employees gather in the Renton factory to mark the milestone delivery and production rate increase. Jim Anderson photo.

United Airlines took part in the event, as their vice president of fleet Ron Baur thanked our employees and recognized some of the employee involvement team members.

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737 employee involvement teams are recognized during a special event in Renton. Marian Lockhart photo.

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Employees from Boeing Fabrication across the globe celebrate in Renton. Jim Anderson photo.

Thanks to United and all of our 737 customers for helping us reach the 8,000 milestone. We’re already counting the days to 9,000! I’ll end with a look back at our other 737 milestone deliveries.

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7000th delivery: December 2011, flydubai, 737-800.

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6000th delivery: April 2009, ILFC (for Norwegian Air Shuttle), 737-800.

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5000th delivery: February 2006, Southwest, 737-700.

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4000th delivery: June 2001, Air Algerie, 737-800. (we have no photo of the actual airplane. This photo shows a 737 delivered to Air Algerie in July of 2001)

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3000th delivery: February 1998, Alaska, 737-400.

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2000th delivery: February 1991, Lufthansa, 737-500.

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1000th delivery: December 1983, Delta, 737-200.

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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