Classic performance

What an incredible way to start the weekend at the Boeing Classic golf tournament today. The weather in the Seattle area has been spectacular this summer— and we thank our hometown partner Alaska Airlines for one more reason to look toward the sky.

One of their 737-800s performed a flyover today to kick things off on the golf course. Enjoy the photos from Boeing photographer Gail Hanusa.

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Bridging the gap

A lot has been written lately about the production bridge between the 777 and the 777X. In fact, it was one of the top questions I got during the Farnborough Airshow.

We’re making great progress—as witnessed by this week’s website roll that included 10 more orders for the 777-300ER from unidentified customers. Including freighters, that brings us to 39 orders and commitments this year for today’s 777.

Here’s the way I look at it. We have six years before the 777X is delivered. We already have three years worth of 777 orders in our backlog. So bottom line, we have three years of production to fill—and six years to do it.

We’re sold out on 777s through 2015—and 2016 is looking good. There’s also a lot of activity in the order pipeline that should solidify things for 2017 and 2018.

There’s no question the production bridge is a challenge. But with the value proposition the 777 brings our customers, we’re confident we’ll get there.

Royal Guard

Thai Airways recently showcased the newest member of its fleet, the 787-8 Dreamliner. They invited hundreds of guests to a reception in Bangkok for a chance to get up close to the airplane called “Ongkharak,” named after a district in central Thailand meaning “royal guard.”

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THAI employees form a human 787 to show off their new airplane.

This 787, owned by AerCap and leased to THAI, arrived in Bangkok on July 18th after a 15-hour, non-stop flight from our Everett factory.

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Representatives of THAI and Boeing attended a reception to showcase the new 787.

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An orchestra entertains guests at the THAI 787 reception.

THAI operated its first commercial flight with the 787 on July 25th from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Thailand. With the delivery of a second 787, THAI will begin operating the airplane on international routes from Bangkok to Perth, Australia and Haneda, Japan sometime in September.

THAI’s third 787-8 will serve the Bangkok-Narita, Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok-Hanoi routes. Their fourth 787 delivery will operate the Bangkok-Nagoya route.

Sharing the dream

Earlier this week, ANA became the first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9. The airline took 80 children from Japan and the U.S. on the inaugural flight of its 787-9 Dreamliner.

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ANA’s 787-8 is seen from under the wing of its larger sibling, the 787-9. Michael Goldberg photo.

The airplane pushed back from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport for a two-hour flight, soaring above Tokyo and Mount Fuji, then making its way across Japan as far as the ancient capital of Kyoto before returning to Haneda.

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Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, give a high 5 to children as they board ANA’s 787-9 for its inaugural flight. Next to her are (left to right) George Maffeo, Boeing Japan president; Yoji Ohashi, ANA Holdings chairman; and Shinichiro Ito, ANA chairman. Chris Jue photo.

ANA invited children from Haneda Elementary School in Tokyo and U.S. children living in Japan to share the dream of flight and make new friends on its brand new airplane.

During the event attended by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the chairman of ANA, Shinichiro Ito, had this message for the children. “Have the courage to challenge yourself, for the world is your stage.”

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U.S. and Japanese children gather alongside ANA’s first 787-9 in Tokyo. Chris Jue photo.

It’s great to see young people get excited about aviation, and we thank ANA for showing off their Dreamliner to the next generation.

Wide lead in widebodies

July turned out to be a very good month for Boeing in more ways than one. We booked 324 orders for the month— the largest number ever booked by Boeing in a single calendar month.

We’ve now recorded a total of 823 net orders for the year, versus 705 for Airbus (through July). As I said during the week of the Farnborough Airshow—this race is about 52 weeks, not just one.

What’s most striking about the numbers is our widebody lead. Boeing has booked 273 twin-aisle orders so far this year, while Airbus is in negative territory at -27. It’s nice to see that our widebody strategy continues to be successful with a product lineup that is unmatched.

Our delivery centers continue to be busy as well. 58 airplanes were delivered in July, bringing us to an even 400 for the year. It also topped Airbus’ total of 352.

Moving ahead, this is even more motivation to execute on our plans to make this a very good year for Boeing. Congratulations to everyone on our teams for a summer to remember.

 

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