Second quarter highlights

Looking back on the second quarter of 2016, we have a lot to be proud of. We booked 152 net orders and delivered 199 airplanes, tying the highest number of airplanes delivered in a quarter.

The 787 program increased its production rate to 12-per-month, setting a new Boeing and industry standard for twin-aisle production. And the 737 MAX program rolled out its first two production airplanes.

As we move ahead in the year, here’s a look back at some of the other highlights from our second quarter in photos—and our full first half of the year in this video.


  • The 737 MAX completes high-altitude testing in La Paz, Bolivia - the first international trip for the MAX flight-test program.

MAX #2 in La Paz, Bolivia. Ruben Cuellar photo.

  • Vietjet finalizes an order for 100 737 MAX 200s, in the largest-ever commercial airplane purchase in Vietnam’s history.
  • In a tribute to Boeing’s centennial, Alaska Airlines takes delivery of a 737-900ER painted in a special Centennial livery.

A flying salute to Boeing’s Centennial from Alaska Airlines. Tim McGuire photo.


  • Iron Maiden flies into Paine Field on the band’s specially outfitted 747, known as Ed Force One.

Ed Force One arrives in Everett.

  • 767 production rate rises to 2 per month, up from 1.5, amid renewed market demand.


  • The 777X Composite Wing Center, Boeing’s largest Puget Sound facility since the 1990s, has its grand opening in Everett.

The giant 777X autoclave inside our Composite Wing Center in Everett.

  • A 70th 777 goes to Air France, which was the launch customer for the 777-300ER in 2004 and the 777 Freighter in 2009.


  • A United Airlines 787-9 flies the longest scheduled 787 nonstop service of any airline in the world, on a newly launched route between San Francisco and Singapore.

I was lucky enough to be on board the first 787 flight between SFO and SIN.

  • The 787-10 is ready to integrate into production. Final assembly is scheduled to begin by year-end at Boeing South Carolina.
  • Boeing marks its 400th 787 Dreamliner delivery - handing over the airplane to low-cost carrier Scoot.

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.


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


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.



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.


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




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



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.


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.


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.


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