Moves by MAX

If you thought the 787’s flying display video was amazing, wait until you see what the 737 MAX can do. Today, we posted video of the MAX rehearsing for its air show debut in Farnborough earlier this month. I think you’ll agree that its moves are stunning. Enjoy the video captured in Moses Lake, Wash. below.

Tale of two forecasts

I’m back from the Farnborough Airshow, where we unveiled our new Current Market Outlook for airplane demand over the next 20 years.

Airbus came out with its own forecast at the air show, once again predicting a big demand for very large airplanes— only to announce a production rate cut for the A380 the next day.

In the latest edition of my podcast, I take a closer look at the differences between the Boeing and Airbus forecasts. Click below to listen.

Birthday bash

A busy week at the Farnborough Airshow ended with a huge birthday bash to celebrate Boeing’s 100th birthday in Seattle. My favorite moment of the day came at Boeing Field, where the entire Boeing 7-series gathered for a photo lineup. To see each airplane, check out this video.

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707: Omega Air Refueling, 717: Delta, 727: United (donated to Museum of Flight), 737: Alaska’s Centennial themed 900ER, 747-8F: Cathay Pacific, 757: United, 767F: FedEx, 777: Emirates, 787: ANA

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The day started with Boeing employees from around the company ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. That was followed by the raising of a Boeing flag on top of Seattle’s famous Space Needle at exactly 7:15am Pacific time.

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The day ended with an amazing light show featuring historic photos, videos and animation projected onto Boeing airplanes. You can see it in the video below. Thanks to everyone for helping us celebrate this special milestone.

Wrapping up Farnborough

Another busy air show has come to a close at Farnborough. As usual, the flying display each day was the highlight. What amazed everyone is how the 737 MAX did a near-vertical takeoff— similar to the 787.

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The 737 MAX during the flying display at Farnborough. All airplane photos by Marian Lockhart.

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The 787 in ANA livery takes to the skies of Farnborough.

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We finished the air show with 182 orders and commitments from our great customers, valued at almost $27 billion. Our year to date net order total now stands at 321 airplanes. We also got to spend time with our partners and suppliers who are helping us continue to out-deliver the competition and stay right on track with our development programs.

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Here’s me speaking with the media in front of the 737 MAX.

While I spent a lot of time doing media interviews, our team also got a chance to enjoy some local traditions— including a night of Cricket.

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Warming up for Cricket.

Finally, Boeing turns 100 tomorrow. I’m proud to say I’ve been with the company for a third of its history. To all Boeing employees past and present, thanks for making this such an amazing place to come to work every day. I hope you take time to celebrate this incredible milestone— and cheers to the next 100 years.

Tuesday roundup

For the most part, the heavy rain stayed away on Day 2 of the Farnborough Airshow. In fact., both the 787-9 and 737 MAX were able to take part in the flying display this afternoon after being washed out by heavy storms on Monday.

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Dark clouds couldn’t keep the 787 from taking part in today’s flying display at Farnborough. Marian Lockhart photo.

Boeing’s Centennial Experience pavilion also proved to be a major attraction, drawing thousands of people by the exhibition’s second day. Visitors to the exhibit get a hands-on way to learn about the company’s products, technology and people—featuring 11 interactive exhibits..

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Boeing’s Centennial Experience pavilion uses hands-on exhibits to immerse visitors in Boeing’s past, present and future. Marian Lockhart photo.

We had plenty of customer announcements today as well, with the 737 MAX leading the way. TUI finalized an order for 10 MAX 8s and one 787-9. Air Lease Corporation ordered six MAX 8s. China’s Kunming Airlines announced an MOU for 10 MAX 7s, while an unidentified Chinese customer committed to buy 30 737s—a mix of MAX and NGs.

We also finalized the terms of Volga-Dnepr’s 20 747-8 Freighters. During the ceremony, Volga showed off the capability of the 747-8 by loading the U.K.’s top contender for the title of World’s Fastest Car— the Supersonic Bloodhound SSC — into its nose of the Freighter.

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The nose cargo door on the 747-8.

I’ll fill you in on all the activities on Day 3 tomorrow.

 

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