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  • April 2014

    • 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. The 8,000th 737 to be...
    • 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...
    • 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....
    • 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...
  • March 2014

    • 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...
    • FIDAE 2014

      SANTIAGO - Hello from Chile, where I’m wrapping up a few days at the FIDAE Air Show. Before I talk about my trip here, I want to say how excited we are about ANA’s big commitment for 40 of our...
    • Countdown to Kenya Airways' first 787

      We’re excited about the upcoming 787 delivery to Kenya Airways. Over the past few days, the airplane has been in the skies over Puget Sound and looks stunning in the “Pride of Africa” livery. The first 787 for Kenya Airways....
    • Joint review of 787

      In January 2013, Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner stood with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Michael Huerta to announce a joint review of the critical systems of the 787. That review...
    • Room to grow

      The sound of sledgehammers rang out at Boeing Field today, marking the start of a significant project for us and our customers. We’re expanding our 737 Delivery Center in Seattle, at a time when we’re seeing unprecedented demand for the...
    • Keys to success

      Last week, a first-time customer for the 777-300ER took home its first airplane. China Southern still has nine more 777-300ER deliveries to go as part of its network expansion plans. Ready for delivery— China Southern’s first 777-300ER. China Southern’s first...
  • February 2014

    • Signing off in Singapore

      As the Singapore Airshow comes to a close, I got the chance to welcome SilkAir’s brand new 737-800 after it touched down at the show. Decked out in my SilkAir team jersey, it was a special moment to see our...
    • Singapore 2014

      Hello from Singapore, where the 2014 Singapore Airshow is officially off and running. We’re excited to have two of our customers showcasing their airplanes at this year’s show. Qatar Airways is displaying one of its 787s and SilkAir will bring...
    • Spirit of 12s

      This has been a special week for all of us who work at Boeing in the Puget Sound area. As the Seattle Seahawks get ready to play in Super Bowl XLVIII, we managed to pull off a jumbo sized surprise...
  • January 2014

    • Topping the charts

      When you travel as much as I do, the kind of airplane you fly on makes a huge difference. That’s why I always look forward to flying on a 777 whenever I get the chance. It seems like a lot...
    • Model masterpiece

      We all loved paper airplanes in our youth. But for one young man, a paper airplane has turned into a labor of love that caught our attention—and millions of others across the world. All photos courtesy of Luca-Iaconi-Stewart. Back in...
    • Tour record

      As our employees in the Everett factory go about their work every day, they’re also putting on quite a show for thousands of people who come to see our public tour. We’ve counted the numbers from last year and found...
    • The path to 100

      We’re celebrating today with Seattle’s hometown airline in more ways than one. Alaska Airlines took home its 100th direct delivered Next-Generation 737 this morning. Our photographers tracked the airplane in our Renton factory and followed it through the painting process....
    • "Infinity exciting"

      When one of our 787-9s landed in Alice Springs, Australia for hot weather testing this week we didn’t realize we’d be greeted by a very young—and very enthusiastic fan. The 787-9 lands in Alice Springs, Australia for flight testing. Six-year-old...
    • Off and running in 2014

      We’re already off to a busy start in 2014. The 787-9 is making its international debut in Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand. The second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight test program flew direct from Boeing...
  • December 2013

    • Year in review

      As we close in on the end of the year and the annual Boeing holiday break, our teams are still very busy building airplanes and selling them. Today, Cathay Pacific became the first 777X customer in Asia after ordering 21...
    • Financing forecast

      As always, the end of the year is a busy time for our delivery centers. And my colleagues at our financing arm, Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC), are making sure our customers have the financing they need to fly away with...
    • Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?

      All of our customers are special to us. But this year, our subsidiary Jeppesen went to some unusual lengths to make sure one customer got the VIP treatment—even though this customer flies reindeer instead of airplanes. Jeppesen has been creating...
    • New phase

      I’m pleased to announce that our 787-9 team is starting a significant new phase of flight testing after earning type inspection authorization (TIA) for the airplane. The FAA will now bring its personnel to join the Boeing team on 787-9...
    • New twist on an old tale

      This week, Airbus held a seminar in London on the A340. Yes, the same A340 that went out of production two years ago. It seems Airbus is trying to reassure nervous stakeholders that there’s still life in this airplane. What’s...
  • November 2013

    • One for the books

      It turns out the launch of the 777X last week in Dubai was historic in more ways than one. I’ve already pointed out that the 259 orders and commitments valued at more than $95 billion is the largest product launch...
    • That's a wrap - Dubai 2013

      I’ve just arrived home from the Dubai Airshow—where not even a sandstorm could stop all of the excitement. Once the dust literally settled, the show turned out to be a huge success for Boeing and our customers. Needless to say,...
    • History in the making

      DUBAI - The first day of the Dubai Airshow was truly one for the history books. There was a flurry of order activity in the first few hours as four of our great Middle East airline customers announced orders and...
    • Countdown to Dubai

      DUBAI - Hello from Dubai, where I’m gearing up for the big air show that starts Sunday. Obviously, all the buzz seems to be about the 777X and whether we’ll launch the airplane in Dubai, and with which customers. I’ll...
    • Going to 10

      As many of you know, the 787 program is increasing rate for the third time in just over a year — this time to 10 airplanes per month. Yesterday, the first airplane being built at the 10 per month rate...
    • Jumbo milestone

      For anyone who loves the Queen of the Skies, here’s a milestone we can all cheer. The 747 program has kicked off production of its 1,500th airplane. The milestone airplane, a 747-8 Intercontinental, is scheduled to roll out of the...
  • October 2013

    • What happens in Vegas...

      Those of you who follow my blog know I hit a lot of air shows like Farnborough, Paris and Dubai. But you might not be as familiar with the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition. This year at...
    • Third quarter wrap

      The third quarter of this year brought us plenty of opportunities and challenges. And as our earnings report showed, we came out even stronger on the other end. We booked 200 net orders in the quarter that increased our backlog...
    • The future of flight

      The Puget Sound region is steeped in aviation history. But this week, we helped celebrate its future. If you haven’t heard of the wonderful things Raisbeck Aviation High School is doing for the next generation of aerospace leaders, this should...
    • Pride of Africa

      One of our customers has some pretty big expansion plans. And the 777 will be central to that growth. Kenya Airways is scheduled to receive the first of three 777-300ERs later this month. The airplane recently rolled out of the...
    • Plane talk

      We like to talk about the efficiencies the 787 brings to our customers. But it’s even better to hear other people say good things about the airplane—especially a pilot. After Jetstar took delivery of its first 787 this week, the...
    • Best wishes Mike

      It’s always tough to say goodbye to someone you admire and respect. Such is the case with my colleague Mike Bair, who announced his retirement from Boeing today. While he’s the current leader of Commercial Airplanes Marketing & Business Development,...
    • Oye Como Va

      I just got back from a whirlwind tour of Latin America where I shared our new Current Market Outlook for that booming region. São Paulo, Santiago, Bogotá and Mexico City—all exciting cities with populations fueling an aviation growth spurt. My...
    • Changing landscape

      If you want to know just how much our production rate increases have changed the landscape here at Boeing, you only have to look at the figures we released today. We’ve delivered 476 airplanes through the third quarter of this...
    • Staying busy

      Just over two weeks ago, we celebrated the first flight of the 787-9. And since that time, we’re proud to say the airplane has been incredibly busy. Today, the 787-9 took off for its 10th flight. The airplane has been...
  • September 2013

    • 4567

      Our 737 program always seems to be having fun with numbers. And today, there was one number I couldn’t resist pointing out. This airplane for United was the 4,567th Next-Generation 737 built in our Renton factory. All photos by Marian...
    • The long run

      We know the 777 is a favorite of both our airline customers and their passengers. And excitement is building as we get closer to launching the new 777X. Today, Lufthansa became our first customer to commit to the airplane—selecting 34...
    • Cloud 9

      I hope you were able to watch some of our live webcast on Tuesday as the 787-9 made its first flight. The 5-hour, 16-minute flight was a huge success— allowing our pilots to gather a large amount of data as...
    • Power of 12

      If you live in the Puget Sound area, you know people are crazy for the Seattle Seahawks. And with Sunday’s huge home opener against San Francisco looming, the 12th Man is at a fever pitch. To show our support for...
    • Triple play

      Hello from Beijing, where I’ve just unveiled the new Current Market Outlook for China. The big news is that we’ve increased the number of airplanes we expect this country to need over the next two decades. In all, we forecast...
    • Mountain jam

      You’ll find a lot of proud employees around our 767 factory today. That’s because we delivered a gorgeous 767 Freighter to FedEx Express this morning. It’s the first 767 Freighter for FedEx as the company modernizes its fleet. This airplane,...
    • Open arms

      It’s been a busy few days for our airline customers are they continue to launch inaugural routes with their 787s. Over the Labor Day weekend, British Airways launched its 787 long-haul service with a flight from London to Toronto. See...
  • August 2013

    • Right here, right now

      Miami is known for a lot of things. Sun, surf, palm trees, pink flamingos. You can also add aviation training to that list. South Florida is something of a training nexus for the industry. A number of flight schools and...
    • New sensation

      A customer’s first 787 will also feature another first—a brand new livery. The first 787 for Royal Brunei Airlines recently came out of the paint hangar in Everett with a bright yellow tail featuring the national crest of Brunei. Here’s...
    • Let the good times roll

      The blue skies dotted with clouds over Everett this weekend made for the perfect backdrop as the first 787-9 rolled out of the factory. A picture perfect setting for the rollout of the 787-9. Colleen Pfeilschiefter photo. It’s an exciting...
    • Making room for MAX

      Here’s some exciting news. The first major piece of the 737 MAX production puzzle is now in place. Recently, employees in Renton moved Wings Systems Installation from our Final Assembly building over to the wings building. I’ll let the pictures...
    • Shining Star

      I always love showing off the first 787 destined for yet another customer. So check out the first Dreamliner for an Australian airline— sporting Jetstar’s bright orange and metallic silver livery. The first 787 for Jetstar rolls out of the...
    • Cheers to that!

      You could hear a lot of cheers in our 767 factory in Everett this morning. That’s because the first KC-46A tanker forward fuselage section was loaded into place— two days ahead of schedule. The tanker begins to take shape inside...
    • Getting better all the time

      We’re making a lot of progress on the flight test program for the 747-8’s Performance Improvement Package (PIP). We’ve flown 218 hours since testing started in May, and expect certification and deliveries starting in the fourth quarter of this year....
    • Rocket man

      It’s not very often that I get a chance to talk about the defense, space and security side of Boeing. But I couldn’t resist talking about our CST-100 spacecraft that happens to include a lot of elements from Commercial Airplanes....
  • July 2013

    • Going Hollywood

      There’s no doubt that the American Airlines 777-300ER is gorgeous. But we had no idea it would be going Hollywood on us. Meet Tripp, one of the talking airplanes in a new Disney movie. The upcoming animated 3D movie Disney’s...
    • ELT inspections

      As most of you know, we sent out instructions to our 787 customers earlier this month giving them information on how to either inspect or remove the Honeywell Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) on their airplanes. Today, Boeing is asking specific...
    • In the still of the night

      While most of you were sleeping Friday night, a gorgeous sight emerged from one of our paint hangars in Everett. The first ever 787-9 is now sporting a brand new livery. This refreshed look began with the 747-8 and evolved...
    • Second quarter reflections

      It’s no secret that Boeing faced some challenges in the second quarter of this year. But thanks to a true team effort across the entire company, we came out on the other side even stronger. Today, we reported second quarter...
    • Firming things up

      When we announced the acceleration of the 737 MAX delivery schedule during the Paris Air Show, I think a lot of people took notice of just how much progress we’re making on the program. Fast forward to today and you...
    • Showing our LUV for Southwest

      In a way, the Boeing 737 and Southwest Airlines have grown up together. So it was a special treat to have Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and the airline’s Board of Directors visit our Renton factory earlier this week. 600 Boeing...
    • AAIB bulletin on 787 incident at Heathrow

      Today, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued a special bulletin on last week’s 787 incident at Heathrow Airport. The bulletin makes two recommendations in regards to the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT). Boeing supports those recommendations and we’re working...
    • Update on 787 incident at Heathrow

      While it may be several days before investigators provide more information on last week’s 787 incident at Heathrow Airport, I did want to update you on where things stand. Our highest priority is the safety of everyone who flies on...
    • Red, white and blue

      I saw a lot of red, white and blue yesterday—even though I spent the Fourth of July in London instead of the States. Those colors were in the form of the British Airways livery. British Airways flight attendants line up...
    • Staying busy

      It’s a good thing we built new delivery centers in Everett and North Charleston—because our customers are keeping us pretty busy. We delivered a whopping 169 airplanes in the second quarter of this year. That’s the most we’ve delivered in...
    • More 787 firsts

      We celebrated several “firsts” during our latest 787 delivery for International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) and Norwegian. The airplane was the first 787 delivered to ILFC and the first for its lessee, Norwegian, which will operate the airplane. The reveal...
  • June 2013

    • Heathrow Shuffle

      It’s always an exciting time for us when a customer receives its first 787. So I’d like to congratulate British Airways as their first Dreamliner landed at Heathrow earlier today. The first 787 for British Airways is seen on approach...
    • We'll always have Paris

      As the 2013 Paris Air Show comes to a close, I wanted to share some final thoughts on the past week. For all of us at Boeing, this show will be remembered as the place we launched the 787-10. It...
    • 737 owns the day

      After two days of twin-aisle action at the Paris Air Show, today belonged to the 737. Ryanair president and CEO Michael O’Leary flew into Le Bourget on a 737-800 decked out in special livery to celebrate the airline’s formal order...
    • Drop the X

      Launching an airplane is always a special time. And it doesn’t get more special than launching it during an air show. We did just that today in Paris as we did away with the “X” and formally launched the 787-10....
    • Thunder road

      The Paris Air Show kicked off today in Le Bourget with a bang—literally. Chalet road turned into thunder road this morning after two torrential downpours complete with thunder, lightning and wind. Stormy skies didn’t stop the air show— although some...
    • Another landing at Le Bourget

      On the eve of the Paris Air Show, a brand new Qatar 787 made a gorgeous landing at Le Bourget today. Boeing photographer Ed Turner snapped these images as the airplane arrived under sunny skies. We’re excited to have this...
    • Flying in France

      There’s no doubt in my mind that this year’s Paris Air Show will be all about the widebodies. In fact, all you have to do is look at all the activity in France today. While the Airbus A350 made its...
    • Focus on efficiency

      It’s no huge leap, but it is a big step. That’s the best way I’d describe our new Current Market Outlook (CMO) which I unveiled today in Paris. We’re forecasting the demand for 35,280 airplanes over the next two decades...
    • Moving day

      Just before leaving for Paris in advance of the air show, I took part in one of my favorite events of the year. I have the honor of serving on the Board of Directors at the Seattle Aquarium, and co-chaired...
    • Month of May

      I’m getting ready to head to Paris in advance of the air show to unveil our new 2013 version of the Current Market Outlook—our 20 year forecast of market demand. But before we look too far ahead, I wanted to...
    • Cool change

      If you follow this blog on a regular basis, you know we’ve been tracking the progress on our first 787-9. I’m happy to report that final assembly of that airplane is now officially underway inside our Everett factory as we...
  • May 2013

    • Family affair

      What an exciting week for the 787 program. Two more customers received their first Dreamliner, and I was lucky enough to go along for one of the delivery flights. On Thursday, I took off from Paine Field in Everett on...
    • Getting the job done

      I’m pleased to announce that Boeing has now finished installing the new 787 battery system in all 50 of the delivered airplanes that required a retrofit. Six of our eight in-service customers have returned to passenger service, with the others...
    • ANA resumes 787 service

      We’d like to congratulate ANA as they resumed 787 revenue service over the weekend. The airline is operating five non-scheduled, domestic flights with the Dreamliner this week— in advance of the resumption of scheduled 787 services on June 1. ANA...
    • Give me wings

      There’s more progress to share as the 787-9 continues to roll along. The wings for the first airplane recently arrived at our Everett factory. The wings for the first 787-9, from our partner MHI. Matthew Thompson photo. I also wanted...
    • Stateside service resumes

      I wanted to send out my congratulations to United Airlines as they became the first airline to resume 787 service in the United States. United Airlines Flight 1 from Houston to Chicago left on time and landed ahead of schedule....
    • Launching the MAX 7

      It’s only fitting that the launch customer of the new 737 MAX has now become the first airline to order the 737 MAX 7. Today, Southwest announced it will convert 30 existing orders for Next-Generation 737s into orders for the...
    • 787 deliveries resume

      A lot of great things are happening at our 787 factory in Everett. In just the past few days, the first major piece of the 787-9 arrived—and the first 787 built at the increased production rate of 7 airplanes per...
    • Unforgettable flight

      Boeing employees take great pride in their work. And recently, some of them got the chance of a lifetime. Six 777 frontline mechanics who’ve been honored for their commitment to quality got to fly with American Airlines on the delivery...
    • Smooth

      Here’s a very visible sign of progress on the 787-9. The first major piece—the horizontal stabilizer— has arrived in our Everett factory some three weeks early. The horizontal stabilizer was built and assembled by the Boeing Advanced Developmental Composite team...
    • Step by step

      I’m thrilled to say that we’re taking the next step on the 777X. Development keeps progressing and we’re now able to share more technical, pricing and scheduling details about the airplane with our customers. And let me tell you—customers love...
  • April 2013

    • Proving flight

      Now that I’m back home after visiting 787 customers overseas, I wanted to congratulate ANA on a significant development over the weekend. Just a few hours after I flew on the first Dreamliner to resume commercial service with Ethiopian Airlines...
    • Flight to remember

      I’ve taken countless flights during my career at Boeing. But I can tell you the one I took today may be the most special. I had the privilege of being on the first 787 to return to commercial service with...
    • Say cheese

      Here’s a photo opportunity we just couldn’t resist. Earlier this week, ZA005—our 5th 787 flight test airplane—made a stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Little did we know that a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a North American Aviation T-28 Trojan...
    • Status report

      As we announced some very strong first quarter earnings today, we also gave an update on our 787 battery system improvements. In fact, I’m currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia talking with our customer Ethiopian Airlines, the media and others about...
    • Don't stop believin'

      There’s no greater sense of accomplishment than completing a true technical challenge. The 787 battery issue was indeed a challenge, and having the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration give its approval of our improvements today is welcome news. But we’re not...
    • Rare treat

      The Boeing employees who build our airplanes usually get to see the results of their hard work at different stages of production. But it’s rare that anyone ever gets to see the finished product on the inside— if the airplane...
    • All things 747-8

      Members of our 747-8 team just got back home from Hong Kong after celebrating some big news with Lufthansa. The airline recently launched 747-8 Intercontinental service between Frankfurt and Hong Kong. It’s another testament to our 50-plus year partnership with...
    • Reasons to celebrate

      We were able to celebrate with Thai Airways this week for several reasons. The airline not only took delivery of its latest 777-300ER, but also became the first airline to fly away from our brand new Everett Delivery Center. The...
    • Being bold

      KLM Royal Dutch Airlines took a bold step for sustainable aviation last month by launching the first in a series of “Optimal Flights” using a 777 between New York and Amsterdam. And today, we have some numbers that show just...
    • The final test

      While the 787 has had many milestones, the one today is something we’ve all been waiting for. With Captain Heather Ross at the controls, 787 Line Number 86 for LOT Polish Airlines completed the final certification test for our new...
    • Celebrate me home

      We have plenty of reasons to celebrate our new delivery home for the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787. The new 180,000 square foot Everett Delivery Center was officially debuted in front of thousands of employees yesterday. This is truly a...
    • Warm welcome

      I wanted to share some images of another first for the 747-8 and our customer Lufthansa. This week, Lufthansa became the first airline to bring the 747-8 to Hong Kong. The airline says Hong Kong is an important market that...
  • March 2013

    • Celebrating 1,000 times over

      We love celebrating milestone deliveries. This week was a celebration for the 1,000th Boeing airplane for China, with the delivery of a Next-Generation 737-800 to China Eastern Airlines. Photo by Jim Anderson. The jetliner is painted in special peacock livery...
    • 787 Flies Again

      Crews are back at work today analyzing data from Monday’s 787 functional check flight on Line number 86, a Boeing-owned production airplane built for LOT Polish Airlines. The flight, a normal procedure to validate that all systems function as designed,...
    • Good vibrations

      Everyone on board a recent 777 delivery flight for Cathay Pacific Airways had to be feeling some good vibrations. Members of The Beach Boys were special guests of the airline. Mike Love, a founding member of the Beach Boys, and...
    • No slowing down

      In just a few weeks, our Renton factory will deliver our first 737 at the increased rate of 38 airplanes per month. But in the meantime, we’ve delivered another milestone airplane. Our 7,500th 737 was delivered to Malindo Air. The...
    • The Bridge

      When I’m out on the road, I talk a lot about building a production bridge between our Next-Generation 737 and the new 737 MAX. One of the keys to our success is making sure we keep building Next-Generation airplanes right...
    • 100 and counting

      Our 747-8 fleet reached a very important milestone over the weekend when a Cargolux 747-8 Freighter touched down in Hanoi. It marked the 100th airport to welcome 747-8 revenue service. Even more incredible, the airplane has reached that number after...
    • Sharing our solution

      Tonight during a live webcast from Japan, which you can watch a replay of here, we unveiled the specifics of our permanent solution to the 787 battery issue. That solution is the result of a detailed and rigorous process involving...
    • Testing our solution

      Today, we got good news from the FAA that they’ve given us the go ahead to start testing and certifying our solution to the 787 battery issue. By successfully completing each step in that plan, the FAA will allow the...
    • We just disagree

      It’s always fun to share the stage with John Leahy from Airbus. While we didn’t actually take the stage together today, we gave back to back presentations during the ISTAT conference in Orlando, Florida. I lost count, but John said...
    • You ought to be in pictures

      The first 737 built at the new rate of 38 airplanes per month is quickly moving its way through our Renton factory. Our team has been tracking the airplane’s progress over the past several weeks, and I thought you’d be...
    • Order up!

      The 747-8 program is scoring big in China. We’ve now finalized an order with Cathay Pacific for three 747-8 Freighters and received a commitment from Air China (pending government approval) for two 747-8 Intercontinentals. Air China also made commitments for...
  • February 2013

    • The VIP treatment

      It’s hard to believe a year has already gone by. But today marks the first anniversary of the first delivery of our 747-8 Intercontinental. The airplane, a BBJ version of the 747-8, went to a VIP customer. The first 747-8I...
    • New heights for the 777

      I wanted to share a couple of pictures of the airplane that took our 777 program to new heights. The first 777 built at the increased production rate of 8.3 per month, or 100 per year, has now been delivered....
    • Our supply chain

      Working with suppliers to build airplanes is nothing new to Boeing. The need for outside sources dates back to 1916 when “the very best Irish linen” was brought in to cover the wings of Boeing’s Model C. While we don’t...
    • Inside the 787

      We’re making good progress on resolving the issue with the 787, working with our customers and the regulatory and investigative authorities to get the fleet back in the air. While that work continues, the 787 team has put together some...
    • There's an app for that!

      When Boeing launched the Current Market Outlook back in 1964, it was all on paper. As the years went by, we eventually transitioned to an electronic version. Now, there’s an app for that! As of today, you can check out...
    • Best in class

      I always enjoy meeting with our suppliers. After all, they’re key players in our success. I got the opportunity to see many of them in person at this week’s annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance Conference in Lynnwood, Washington— where I...
    • 787 test flights

      Our fifth 787 test airplane, ZA005, has been pretty busy the past few days. On Saturday and again today, the airplane left Boeing Field and took to the skies for test flights. (Photos by Marian Lockhart and Jim Anderson) ZA005...
    • The 787 front

      It’s been an incredibly busy day for us on the 787 front. The morning started with a 787 ferry flight from Texas to Paine Field in Everett. We were moving one of the airplanes that had recently been painted for...
    • Top Dog

      It’s always great to see the reaction of out of town media when they visit our Everett factory for the first time. But as much as they love to see our airplanes, they sometimes get a bigger kick out of...
    • When the going gets tough, Boeing's talent gets going

      Today, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued another update on the 787 incident in Boston. As we continue to assist in the investigation, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the specific things we’re doing to...
  • January 2013

    • 100,000 reasons to celebrate the 747-8

      The 747-8 program has 100,000 reasons to celebrate. On January 27, the fleet surpassed 100,000 hours in the air. Each and every 747-8 customer currently flying the airplane played a role in reaching that milestone, and we’re excited to see...
    • Focused on the future

      Today, we took one final look back at 2012 as Boeing released its fourth-quarter and full year earnings report. We finished 2012 with record revenue and a record backlog—while restoring our market share leadership in orders and deliveries. Now, we...
    • Keep on rolling

      Boeing’s best-selling 737 just keeps on rolling. The program has just started building its first airplane at the new, increased rate of 38 per month. 737 wing mechanics Jon Powell, Jared Sanchez, Ron Doleman, Mike Graham and Ron McNabb lift...
    • A few days in Dublin

      DUBLIN - I always look forward to the annual Airfinance Journal Conference. It’s the chance to catch up with all my aviation colleagues in Dublin, look back at 2012, and look ahead to 2013. I heard from the airlines, leasing...
    • 787 questions and answers

      I know a lot of you have questions about the status of the 787 as we continue to work with our customers and the various regulatory and investigative authorities. Our team has answers to some of the most frequently asked...
    • 787 update

      This afternoon, our Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney provided a statement after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency airworthiness directive that requires U.S. 787 operators to temporarily cease operations and recommends other regulatory agencies to follow suit....
    • Success stories

      I’ve always said that Boeing’s success is owed to our people, our products and our customers. And our customers are sharing some 787 success stories of their own. This week, Qatar Airways launched the first-ever commercial flight of a 787...
    • The Power of 12

      As one incredible season comes to an end for the Seattle Seahawks, I wanted to take a moment to congratulate them. Prior to yesterday’s game, a giant 12th Man flag was draped over our 737 factory in Renton—just part of...
    • Absolute commitment

      Back in December 2011, I had an experience I’ll never forget. I was lucky enough to be on board a 787 flight from Seattle to Beijing on what would be the very first stop of the Dream Tour. Even more...
    • Ramping up

      One of the key things that drove our success last year was executing our rate increases. That will be just as important this year. Another sign that we’re right on track for 2013 came this week as the first 777...
    • Update on 787 event in Boston

      The 787 has been in the headlines quite a bit this week, and I wanted to take this opportunity to address the incidents at Boston Logan Airport. First, today’s issue with one of Japan Airlines’ 787s (a different airplane than...
    • More than a feeling

      I had a feeling that 2012 was going to be a banner year for Boeing. But I had no idea just how good. Today’s final tally of orders and deliveries proves we all have something to be proud of. We...
    • Hitting 1,000

      What a great way to start 2013! This morning, we announced an order from Aviation Capital Group that officially pushed our 737 MAX orders to date to more than 1,000 (1,029 to be exact). ACG’s order, consisting of 50 737...
  • December 2012

    • Signing off for 2012

      This is the last day before the annual Boeing holiday break, so I wanted to say a huge thanks to all of you for reading this blog during 2012. And my, what a year it has been. It started with...
    • MAX right on track

      Just a few weeks after announcing that the 737 MAX reached “Firm Concept,” the program has released the first design drawing on the program of the thrust reverser actuation system, or TRAS. Here’s a brand new image of the 737...
    • Travelin' band

      Here’s a trivia question for you. What’s the only airplane that doesn’t roll out the south doors of our Everett factory? The answer is— the 767. You may remember that back in January 2011, the 767 line moved to a...
    • My favorite things

      Our airplanes have been doing a lot of fun things recently, while bringing a lot of joy to everyone who flies. In keeping with the holiday season, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things. Cool Runnings In...
    • The Glamorous Life

      We always knew the 787 would be a favorite of photographers. But I’m pretty sure no one ever thought the Dreamliner would be used in a fashion shoot. Caras Magazine, one of the top publications in Chile, ran a fashion...
    • Our other market outlook

      Occasionally you see me write about aircraft financing. As an engineer by trade, it’s not an area where I spend much time. But I know that our ability to deliver products -as great as they are - is only as...
    • Just the facts

      This week, our 737 team set a new record for both orders and deliveries in a single year. A 737-900ER for United Airlines was the 377th single-aisle we’ve delivered in 2012. Total year to date net orders for both the...
    • Celebrating in San Diego

      It’s been an exciting weekend for Japan Airlines as they launched the first ever nonstop service between San Diego and Asia with the 787 Dreamliner. The airplane landed in San Diego this morning. This is just one more example of...
  • November 2012

    • Wednesday Week

      I’ve talked before about the great campaign at WestJet called “Winglet Wednesday.” Passengers are invited to take photos of the winglets while in flight and send them in to WestJet’s Facebook page. Gorgeous view of Montego Bay. Since this is...
    • 7's are wild

      It just hit me that seven years ago this month, I was part of Boeing history. On November 9, 2005, I was lucky enough to be on a 777-200LR that broke the non-stop distance record for commercial airplanes. The 777-200LR...
    • Middle-earth

      During my recent business trip to New Zealand, it was impossible to miss a new campaign by our friends at Air New Zealand. Leave it to them to come up with yet another creative in-flight safety video. And it was...
    • Oh, what a night!

      There was history in the air last night, as the first families of aviation gathered to salute Bill Boeing, Jr. on his 90th birthday. The Boeing, Wright, Douglas, and Kindelberger families gathered at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, along...
    • High 5

      Every production rate increase at Boeing is always closely watched, but none more so than the 787 program. That’s why I’m excited to report that we’re now officially building at the new rate of five airplanes per month—just as scheduled....
    • 737 flashback

      As we marked the delivery of the 7,370th 737 earlier this week, it got me thinking about the very first 737 and what an incredible ride it has been since then. The 7,370th 737 was delivered to Lion Air this...
    • Lady in red

      It made its debut during one of the most elaborate unveilings we’ve ever done. The very first 747-8 Intercontinental, introduced to the public in February 2011 with a surprise “sunrise” livery, has now been delivered to an undisclosed BBJ customer....
    • Come on get happy

      It seems like only yesterday I was talking about our very first 737 with the new Boeing Sky Interior (BSI). Only two years later, we’re celebrating the delivery of the 500th 737 with this amazing interior. The airplane was delivered...
    • Thanks for your service

      As we get closer to Veterans Day, Boeing is paying tribute to the men and women of our company who’ve also served for our country. A special tribute page on Boeing.com has just been launched that includes military related video...
  • October 2012

    • Riders on the storm

      I’m often asked “just how tough is the 787’s composite skin?” The answer is “very tough.” And here’s proof. One of our customers recently had a lightning strike that was so intense—it probably would have punched through an aluminum airplane...
    • The voyage together

      Normally this journal is an opportunity for me to share my thoughts with you. But to mark the anniversary of the start of 787 revenue service one year ago today (Tokyo to Hong Kong), we received a letter from Shinichiro...
    • The third quarter

      Strong performance is once again paying off. Boeing’s third-quarter earnings have again beaten the street, with net income of $1.0 billion, or $1.35 per share, on continued strong core performance and revenue of $20.0 billion. On the commercial side, we...
    • Higher ground

      When you look at the size of a 777, it’s almost hard to believe that our team in Everett can build seven of them in a single month. So imagine going even higher! A lot of planning went into another...
    • First flight for LOT's first 787

      I always enjoy sharing photos and video of our customer milestones. So here’s a look at the first flight of LOT’s first 787. The airplane’s livery looked beautiful during the flight out of Everett last week. LOT Polish Airlines will...
    • Stand and deliver

      Just seven months after breaking ground, Boeing’s new Everett Delivery Center is quickly taking shape. The new 180,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art delivery center will focus on the airline customer experience. It’s set to open in first quarter of 2013. Enjoy the photos...
    • Class of its own

      It’s not very often that you can celebrate the anniversary of a new airplane’s first delivery and entry into service on the same day. But that’s exactly what the 747 program is doing today. One year ago, we delivered the...
    • "Proudly All Boeing"

      It’s always great when we get to team up with Seattle’s hometown airline. And today, we made some history in the process. We’re thrilled that Alaska Airlines placed an order for 50 of our 737s, including 20 MAX 8s, 17...
    • Good Times

      It was only fitting that I returned home today from a week-long business trip to Japan on board one of ANA’s 787s. While I’ve flown on the Dreamliner several times during the recent Dream Tour, this was the first time...
    • Signed, sealed, delivered

      I thought I’d end the week with some beautiful pictures from a history making day at Boeing South Carolina. Today, the first 787 built at our North Charleston factory was officially delivered to Air India. Marking a milestone in South...
    • Leasing to the MAX

      This morning we announced that GECAS finalized an order for 75 of our 737 MAX 8s. The order continues the momentum the 737 MAX has established in the leasing industry. Since the Farnborough Airshow, leading lessors like ALC, Avolon and...
    • Fun with numbers

      What’s in a number? When that number involves something at our Renton factory, the answer is quite a lot. The number 4238 on the 737 fuselage pictured above is significant because it will eventually become the 7370th 737 built in...
    • Double vision

      I obviously see a lot of Boeing airplanes while on business travel. But I wasn’t expecting to have double vision during a visit to Wichita last week. Two Dreamlifters in Wichita. I managed to snap a photo of not one,...
  • September 2012

    • It was a very good year

      While September 25, 2011 will go down in the history books as the official day when the first 787 Dreamliner was contractually delivered, I know the next day—September 26—will always be the day that I and thousands of others will...
    • The Divine Miss M

      It seems music stars and Boeing go hand in hand these days. Just a few weeks after Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson paid a visit to the 747-8 simulator near our Renton factory, Bette Midler took a tour of Boeing South...
    • Bear necessities

      Talk about a special delivery. A 747-400 Freighter is used to carrying all kinds of cargo. But what a great moment it was to see the Singapore Airlines Cargo airplane transport two giant pandas to their new home. Kai Kai...
    • Being Green

      From Glasgow, Montana all the way to Washington, DC, our ecoDemonstrator for American Airlines continues to turn heads. The airplane, a 737-800, has been going through flight testing in Montana over the past few weeks. Tuesday, it was shown off...
    • Bash for "Brandenburg"

      Lufthansa’s 747-8 Intercontinental was the star of the show today as the ILA Berlin Air Show kicked off. The media turned out in force to capture this beautiful airplane. Lufthansa’s 747-8 Intercontinental arrives at the ILA Berlin Air Show. Dozens...
    • How sweet it is

      When I noticed that the 737-900ER was sitting at 499 orders a couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about what a great success story this airplane is. Now that we’ve officially passed the 500 mark, I wanted to share...
    • Demand in China

      BEIJING - Hello from China where I’ve just unveiled the Current Market Outlook for this rapidly expanding nation. Over the next 20 years, we’re forecasting that China will need 5,260 new airplanes with a price tag of $670 billion. Incredibly,...
    • Taking shape

      The 787-9 is one giant step closer to reality. Major assembly on the first airplane is now underway. Things kicked off on time when Boeing partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries began installing passenger door frames in the forward midbody fuselage. When...
  • August 2012

    • First in the Americas

      Here’s a great way to end the week as we head into a long holiday weekend. LAN Airlines celebrated its first 787— becoming the first airline in the Americas to receive the Dreamliner. The first cities that will be served...
    • Surging ahead

      The temporary surge line for the 787 is now up and running in our Everett factory. And today, I wanted to give you the first look inside. Employees position 787 fuselage sections into place on the temporary surge line in...
    • Time flies

      Has it really been a year? It’s hard to believe, but this weekend marks one year since the 787 was certified. I still look back on that day with tremendous admiration for all the work that went into what is...
    • Absolutely committed

      The front page headline in today’s Seattle Times had some people scratching their heads. The story’s premise is that we’ve slowed down the development process for our 777X. The fact is— our timing on a 777X decision hasn’t changed one...
    • Gold on the Ceiling

      The installation of a new crane is giving me the chance to share some dramatic views of our 777 factory. Boeing photographer Ed Turner captured the images below as crews work to finish the new crane that will eventually lift...
    • Long Train Runnin'

      Getting ready to go up in rate on the 777 program involves many moving parts. But here’s one you may not have thought about. Our 777 flight decks travel about 2,000 miles by rail from Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita to...
    • Africa First

      Blue skies over Everett today set the stage for a delivery ceremony to remember. Ethiopian Airlines became our third customer, and the first customer in Africa, to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner. It was incredibly appropriate that the airline...
    • Rocking the 747-8 simulator

      My friends in the 747-8 program certainly know how to get me excited. Last fall, they brought in Steve Miller Band to help employees celebrate the delivery of the first 747-8 Freighter. So when they invited me to meet the...
    • All down the line

      Anyone who has been inside our 737 factory in Renton is always impressed at how quickly the airplanes roll down the line. Demand from our customers is the reason we’re increasing our rates to get those airplanes into their hands....
    • Delhi Debut

      Even though I'm on vacation this week, I couldn't pass up the chance to share some beautiful images of the 747-8 Intercontinental and to congratulate our customer Lufthansa. Yesterday, the airline launched 747-8 service from Frankfurt to Delhi. This is...
    • 700 and counting

      Now that we’re more than halfway through 2012, I thought it would be a good time to look at where things stand. This week, our total net orders for the year hit 700. It’s a great spot for us to...
    • "Worth the wait"

      It was a party-like atmosphere in Everett today as United officially unveiled its new 787 to employees and the media. United’s Senior Vice President for Sales Dave Hilfman summed it up best— “The 787 was worth the wait.” United even...
    • Heart of Gold

      As the Olympics roll on in London, I’m happy to report that Boeing is taking home some gold, silver and bronze of its own. For the fifth year in a row, the 777 has won the Gold Award for the...
  • July 2012

    • Signature swoop

      A lot of our friends from United were up well before the crack of dawn this morning to pull off a live webcast from our Everett site. It was all for the rollout of their first 787. Their Dreamliner livery...
    • PIP anniversary

      Here’s an anniversary that comes with some gifts in the form of positive customer feedback. One year after the first Next-Generation 737 was delivered with the Performance Improvement Package (PIP), airlines are telling us about the benefits. Our promise was...
    • Back to its roots

      Our customer ANA is getting ready to bring the 787 Dreamliner back to its roots in the Seattle area. Earlier this week, the airline launched its new daily nonstop service from Seattle to Tokyo with a 777-300ER in order to...
    • Act 2

      In the days leading up to the Farnborough Airshow, I emphasized to the media that the show was just one week out of 52—and that our plan to add orders and commitments would come before, during and after. Today’s historic...
    • Name that airplane

      There’s no doubt our friends at Thomson Airways are excited about being the first UK airline to fly the 787 Dreamliner. Now, they’re adding to the excitement with a contest to name their first 787— and the chance to win...
    • Fabulous at 50

      As you probably know, we released our 2012 Current Market Outlook earlier this month. But unless you looked at the forecast in depth, you probably missed our view of the cargo market and the need for both production and converted...
    • Family Affair

      Music is often a way to bring people together. And in this case, music—and one special airplane— brought an extended family together. Norwegian’s Next-Generation 737-800 takes off from Boeing Field for Oslo. (Jim Anderson photo) Many of you know that...
    • The Beat Goes On

      I’ve been saying all week that the Farnborough Airshow ain’t over til it’s over. Proof of that came today with United’s order for 150 of our 737s, including 100 737 MAXs. While the announcement was made in Chicago instead of...
    • Farnborough Finale for the 787

      Day 3 of the Farnborough Airshow ended with the final performance of the 787 for Qatar Airways. My congratulations to our great Boeing pilots, Captains Mike Bryan and Randy Neville, for putting on 3 performances none of us will soon...
    • The Commitments

      As I look back at Tuesday’s events here at the Farnborough Airshow, it struck me that it really was all about commitment. Two of our customers, who happen to be two of the top leasing companies, made the commitment to...
    • Firsts at Farnborough

      Day One of the Farnborough Airshow was a series of firsts—the first time our new CEO attended an air show in his new role, the first 737 MAX order from a leasing company, and the first time a Boeing 787...
    • London Calling

      LONDON—After unveiling the 2012 Current Market Outlook, I’m spending the next few days in London in advance of the Farnborough Airshow. Earlier today, the 787 in Qatar Airways livery performed two validation flights as it gets ready to take part...
    • Seeing double

      I wanted to share something pretty special that happened at our Everett factory earlier this week. Incredibly, Line No. 1,035 for both the 767 and 777 programs loaded into the final body join positions on Sunday night. This is the...
    • Reminiscing

      Earlier today in London, I presented our new 20-year forecast for the aviation market—better known as the CMO (Current Market Outlook). Before I share the highlights of that forecast, allow me to reminisce about how far we’ve come in air...
  • June 2012

    • Vote of confidence

      Whenever someone asks me how long we’ll keep building 767s, my answer is always the same. As long as customers keep ordering them. And thanks to customers like FedEx Express, the orders keep coming in. A 767 Freighter in FedEx...
    • Flying at Farnborough

      Earlier today, we officially announced that a 787 Dreamliner—decked out in Qatar Airways livery—will travel to the Farnborough Airshow. It won’t just be on static display. This airplane will take part in flying demonstrations on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday...
    • Change at the top

      The news that Ray Conner will be taking over for the retiring Jim Albaugh as President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes has me taking a trip down memory lane. I remember very clearly the day Jim took the reins...
    • Qatar's First Dreamliner

      I always enjoy pointing out important Boeing milestones. And when that milestone also involves a customer, it makes it even more special. That’s why I’m thrilled to show off photos from today’s first flight of Qatar Airways’ first 787 Dreamliner....
    • We are family

      Talk about a family affair! Boeing hosted a Hollywood-like affair earlier this week for descendants and close relatives of America’s visionary aviation leaders. Held in Washington, D.C., the gala evening was the first time “the first families of aviation” were...
    • Latin flavor

      SAO PAULO — I’m posting this journal entry from Brazil as we continue to take the 737 MAX message around the world. And even though we’re talking MAX on this trip, I wanted to start with a great photo shoot...
    • Dream Weaver

      While we’ve touted the 787 Dreamliner as being 20 percent more fuel efficient than other airplanes its size, we always knew the proof would be in the actual performance. Thanks to our launch customer ANA, we now have the numbers...
    • Trading spaces

      From the cool picture file, here’s a nugget I wanted to share. We recently moved our 777 service-ready wing area so it could be closer to the wing-to-body join. Since each 777 wing is 106 feet long (eight feet longer...
    • Green-Eyed Lady

      I always enjoy using this blog to take you behind the scenes. And today, something pretty exciting happened at our Renton factory that I wanted to share. The fuselage for what will be our very first ecoDemonstrator airplane moved into...
    • On the road again

      Unless I look out the window, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of what city I’m in. Such was the case last week when I took part in the Australia stop of the Dream Tour—and then headed straight to Europe...
    • "Exceptional" week for the 747-8

      Today marked the beginning of a new era for the Queen of the Skies and also ended what has been one incredible week for the 747-8 program. Earlier today, Lufthansa’s 747-8 Intercontinental touched down at Dulles Airport in DC after...
  • May 2012

    • Been Around the World

      I’ve been fortunate enough to take part in at least a portion of all seven legs of the 787 Dream Tour. It all started back in December of last year when we touched down in Beijing— which also happened to...
    • Moment in Time

      Something special happened yesterday that brought a smile to my face—and a lot of other faces around Boeing. As the first 787 built in South Carolina made its first flight out of Charleston, we couldn’t help but notice some other...
    • Strength in numbers

      Every now and then, I find myself sharing the stage with my counterpart from Airbus. As you can imagine, we both work hard to highlight the competitive advantages of our products while “poking” at our competitor’s shortcomings. This back and...
    • Window in the skies

      The 787 Dream Tour wrapped up its sixth leg this week. While we’ve been able to show you plenty of great photos of the airplane itself, I thought you’d like to see a photo gallery from the inside looking out....
    • Takin' care of business

      ST. LOUIS — I’m here in St. Louis for the annual Boeing investor conference. The 787 paid a visit here over the past couple of days as leg 6 of the Dream Tour wrapped up. The 787 and the F-15...
    • Wild week for the 787

      This has been one whirlwind of a week for the 787. The Dream Tour airplane arrived in Washington, DC on Monday. We managed to capture some beautiful photos and video of ZA003 as it flew past the Washington Monument. The...
    • Open the door

      Our production rate increases will be a key part to our success over the next few years. That’s why I’m always fascinated with the creative ways our employees manage to do their jobs better and faster. That’s not always easy—especially...
    • Spread your wings

      We’ve upped the game when it comes to the 737 MAX. Just when you thought we couldn’t further improve the airplane, along comes our new Advanced Technology winglet. While most of the buzz in the media has surrounded its eye...
    • Lufthansa, a legend and a look to the future

      It’s not very often that Boeing legend Joe Sutter, the father of the 747, shows up for an event. So when he does, you know that event is something special. Such was the case today as Lufthansa became the first...
  • April 2012

    • South Carolina rollout

      “We build jets!” That was the chant from thousands of Boeing employees in South Carolina as the first 787 built in our North Charleston plant rolled out last Friday. Since I’ve been traveling overseas, I wasn’t able to attend the...
    • British Invasion

      Just as America will always remember the British Invasion of the 1960’s led by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, it seems our friends in the UK will remember the 787 Dreamliner invading London and Manchester this week. All of...
    • Strong start to 2012

      We knew 2012 had the potential to be a banner year for Boeing—and today’s financial numbers show we’re off to a strong start. First-quarter net income rose to $1.22 per share on revenue of $19.4 billion. I’ve touted 2012 as...
    • Follow the Fin

      Be on the lookout for a fin to the left or fin to the right. In what may be the ultimate road trip, a 787 fin is making a cross-country journey from Washington State to South Carolina to mark the...
    • The Space Between

      When it comes to traveling, there’s almost nothing worse than getting to the airport and discovering your flight is delayed. When you fly as much as I do, every minute counts. That’s why the very latest reliability stats on the...
    • Gallon of Gas

      ANA helped us make history by becoming the first airline to fly the 787 Dreamliner. On Monday, we teamed up with ANA to make some more history with the first ever 787 biofuel flight. Fueling up at Paine Field. The...
    • Ready to fly the 4,000th

      When you talk about the world’s best-selling airplane, it’s easy to get lost in the mind boggling numbers. But today, we celebrated a milestone that really proves how wildly popular the 737 is with our customers—and shows just how busy...
    • Ceremony in the Sky

      Just when you thought we’d run out of “firsts” when it came to the 787, along comes another first involving our newest Dreamliner customer. Transaero Airlines, the first Russian airline to add a Boeing airplane to its fleet back in...
    • Proof of Performance

      We usually don’t celebrate anniversaries until at least the one year mark. But as we approach six months in service, it’s definitely worth celebrating the accomplishments of the 747-8 Freighter. 14 of the airplanes have been delivered to five customers...
    • Changes

      This past weekend, I flew on one of ANA’s beautiful 767s. Orders for this great airplane keep coming in, a little more than a year after Boeing was awarded the U.S. Air Force contract to build the KC-46A aerial refueling...
  • March 2012

    • Mr. 1K

      When we celebrated the 1,000th 777 earlier this month, there was another milestone that didn’t get much attention. But when I heard the story behind it, I had to share it with you. Boeing employee Dick Bender seems to have...
    • Over the Andes

      SANTIAGO - We saved the best for last during our time here at the FIDAE Air Show in Chile. All eyes were on the 787 today as the airplane took off for a demo flight. I wanted to share some...
    • All smiles in Santiago

      SANTIAGO - Greetings from Chile, where a 7.1 earthquake greeted me shortly after my arrival this past weekend. Other than a few tense moments—all was fine. I’m here taking part in the events surrounding the 787’s visit to Santiago as...
    • Blowin' in the Wind

      It’s ‘wind on’ for the MAX in Seattle this week. The final phase of 737 MAX wind tunnel testing is well underway to establish the low- and high-speed performance of the new engine variant of the ever popular 737. Last...
    • The Warrior

      There was a big party this morning in Dallas to celebrate a new era at Southwest Airlines—as they unveiled their brand new and first ever Next-Generation 737-800 to thousands of employees. The airplane, named Warrior One, also features Southwest’s first...
    • "Bonding" with United Airlines

      Last week saw a milestone event for the 787 program. It might go unnoticed by most aviation fans, but this was a grand slam in the world of aircraft financing. Our customer, United Continental Holdings, went to the financial markets...
    • Dream Prize

      Most of you know I’m a music lover. That’s why I was thrilled to learn the 787 Dreamliner has taken home the equivalent of a Grammy. The airplane was honored today with the Robert J. Collier Trophy for 2011. This...
    • Train kept a-rollin'

      Back in December, we delivered the 7,000th 737. That number included the “classics” as well as our Next-Generation 737s. Now, another milestone airplane is working its way through our Renton factory. Meet what will soon become the 4,000th Next-Generation 737....
    • What a week

      This has been some week for the 787 team. First, we announced the completion of flight testing required for certification of 787s with GE engines. That means all of the flight testing for the baseline models is done. To reach...
    • 777 Reunion

      As the 1,000th 777 took to the skies on Tuesday for its first flight, the flight deck became the scene of a very special reunion. Captain John Cashman, who flew the very first 777 flight back in 1994, teamed up...
    • Retro in Toronto

      When the 787 touched down in Toronto to kick off the fourth leg of the Dream Tour last week, there was something else to celebrate. The airplane, which Air Canada calls one of the key components in its fleet renewal...
    • 7771K

      When you think about it, 1995 wasn’t all that long ago. But since that time, we’ve seen 1,000 777s come out of the Everett factory. Today, we took time to celebrate that incredible milestone with thousands of the men and...
  • February 2012

    • Delivering The Incredible

      It’s hard to believe just a little over a year has gone by since the 747-8 Intercontinental made her world debut. I took my son to the premiere event in our Everett factory to see the new Queen of the...
    • 4 on the floor

      Here’s something you don’t see every day. In fact, for only the sixth time in history—four different models of the 777 are currently being built inside our factory in Everett. The first time this happened was in 2009. The last...
    • Some like it hot

      I’m back home from Singapore after enjoying another great air show. Not even the 95 degree weather could stop the crowds from lining up to see the 787 during its special stop in Singapore as part of the Dream Tour....
    • Presidential visit

      President Obama’s visit to our 787 factory last Friday gave us the opportunity to show off the Dreamliner on a national stage. But it also put the spotlight on our employees who’ve worked so hard to bring this airplane into...
    • The (Boeing) Edge of glory

      SINGAPORE — Here at the air show, or any other time, it’s easy to get wrapped around talking about the latest new products and the global demand for our cutting-edge commercial airplanes. But I have to admit there’s a lot...
    • Shining moments in Singapore

      SINGAPORE - What an amazing kickoff to the Singapore Airshow. I’ve been busy over here as the good news keeps rolling in for Boeing. First, a huge congratulations to Lion Air for teaming up with us to make history. Lion...
    • Putting the 787 on the map

      The folks at Boeing Test & Evaluation have really outdone themselves this time. After coming up with a creative flight plan that basically painted a huge 747 over the U.S. last August, the team decided the Dreamliner should get its...
    • 787 production update

      You may have heard reports about a shimming issue on some of our 787s. I wanted to give you an update on where things stand. First, let me explain the issue itself. Shimming is a routine practice used across the...
    • Double delivery

      Some of my colleagues described it as Cirque du Soleil meets Boeing. In what was a stunning ceremony, Korean Air took delivery today of a 747-8 Freighter and a 777 Freighter. Korean becomes the first airline in the world to...
    • Taking a breather

      As we head toward the weekend, I’m catching my breath before what promises to be a very busy stretch going into the Singapore Airshow. First of all, I wanted to step back and say a huge thanks to Aer Lingus...
    • White room with a view

      There’s something very elegant about an airplane painted in simple white. And when that airplane just happens to be the first 747-8 Intercontinental scheduled for delivery, it’s even more beautiful. The Intercontinental being readied for delivery conducted its first flight...
  • January 2012

    • Already legendary

      I’m just back from Dublin, Ireland where the 787 Dream Tour made another impressive stop. Hello from Ireland! I’ve used many adjectives over the years to describe the 787. Now there’s a new one to add to the list -...
    • No looking back

      The way we ended 2011 with such strong orders, it’s really no surprise to see just how well the company did in the fourth-quarter. The numbers released today show that earnings per share rose to $1.84 on revenue of $19.6...
    • Build A Bike

      As a former engineer, I still miss the hands on part of bringing an airplane to life. But recently, I had the chance to work on a production line using the “lean” manufacturing techniques we talk about all the time....
    • Start me up

      There’s no doubt 2011 was a more challenging market than our customers anticipated. So what’s in store as we get deeper into 2012? For airlines, the name of the game is profitability—and it’s good to see that IATA is forecasting...
    • Smooth sailing

      The 787’s smooth entry into service will hit an incredible milestone this weekend when ANA welcomes their 100,000th Dreamliner passenger. Since ANA launched two domestic routes with the 787 on November 1, there have been very few empty seats. The...
    • 35 reasons to celebrate

      35 seems to be the magic number in Renton today. Employees at the 737 factory celebrated as the program officially reached the rate of 35 airplanes per month. The first airplane at the new rate was delivered today to AWAS...
    • Back to business

      First off, let me wish all of you a belated Happy New Year. 2012 is starting out with more good news— thanks in large part to 2011. We just tallied our orders and deliveries from last year and there’s reason...
  • December 2011

    • The long and winding road

      I’m often asked how many miles I travel in a year. When you’re on the road as much as I am, you keep track. So here are the final statistics of my travels in 2011. 277,710 miles 122 flights 31...
    • Spirit of the Season

      We deliver hundreds of airplanes every year (426 so far as of December 1). But many of you may not know that some of those deliveries carry very special cargo. I’m very proud that Boeing regularly teams up with our...
    • 7000 and counting

      Even though it’s the world’s most popular airplane, you still have to be amazed that we’ve just delivered the 7000th 737. I know our friends at flydubai are proud to be the ones flying it—especially since it comes with a...
    • Wild, Wild Week

      Just when you thought our late flurry of orders may have come to an end with the Southwest deal, our friends at FedEx Express kept the momentum going with today’s order for 27 of our 767 Freighters and two 777...
    • Sending our LUV to Southwest

      Just a few days ago on this blog, I hinted that our first firm order for the 737 MAX was coming soon. How fitting that our longtime partner Southwest made the order and became the launch customer for the MAX....
    • Thank you China!

      As the 787 Dream Tour moves on to Africa, I’m heading back home after an incredible journey across China. A water salute and rainbow greet the Dreamliner as it arrives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the African leg of the...
    • 100 days of MAX

      I can still remember standing in the room as we introduced the 737 MAX to the media for the very first time. 100 days later, the excitement around this airplane has reached a fever pitch. The unveiling of the 737...
    • Around the world... in 42 hours

      As the 787 continues to cause quite a buzz on the first stop of the Dream Tour here in China, another Dreamliner was flying its way into the record books. On Tuesday, Capt. Rod Skaar led a team of pilots,...
    • Ticket to Ride

      What a great experience for our customers and the media as we took them up for some short demonstration flights on the 787 during our Dream Tour stop in China. We’ve given a lot of tours of the airplane over...
    • Welcome aboard

      We’ve said goodbye to Beijing and hello to Guangzhou as the 787 Dream Tour continues through China. The Dreamliner arrives in Guangzhou for the second stop of the tour. Boeing pilots pose by the airplane after landing in Guangzhou. Before...
    • Feels like the first time

      There’s nothing like getting up at 3:30am on a cold, frosty morning to catch a flight. But when that flight happens to be my very first time flying on the 787 Dreamliner, I didn’t need to hit the snooze button....
    • MAXimum Commitment

      In the past couple of days since we announced our intention to build the 737 MAX in Renton, pending union contract approval, some people have questioned our commitment to the MAX. Let me be clear—we are 100 percent committed. Period....
  • November 2011

    • Working together

      When people sit down to work things out, it’s amazing what can be accomplished. Nine months before Boeing and the machinists faced a deadline for a new contract, today’s tentative agreement is a breath of fresh air. That deal, which...
    • Goodbye to You

      With the Dubai Airshow, all of our recent order announcements and the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ve been too busy to say a proper goodbye to the A340. So let me take the time right now. The A340 had a long— but...
    • Dream Tour

      After giving her a beautiful new paint job and gorgeous interior, we’re ready to unveil the big plans for ZA003—the third 787 Dreamliner. We’re hitting the proverbial road and taking the airplane on a 787 Dream Tour. The six month...
    • A Week to Remember

      How many times can you make history in one week? At Boeing, it seems the answer is three. A record order from Emirates for our 777s A record year for 777 orders A record commitment from Lion Air for 737s...
    • Signing off from Dubai

      Even though the Dubai Airshow is winding down, I have to admit that I’m still all wound up. When I look back over the past few days, which some have described as a bit of a circus, I can’t help...
    • 777th Heaven

      Talk about one for the record books. Emirates’ order for 50 of our 777s is still all the buzz here at the Dubai Airshow. We woke up this morning to headlines such as 777th Heaven: Emirates Breaks Record with Boeing...
    • Dubai Debut

      DUBAI — Hello from the Middle East, where the Dreamliner made its debut in this region today. ZA003, the third 787, showed off its new paint job as it landed for the big Dubai Airshow. The airplane had the logos...
    • Big Ol' Jet Airliner

      The secret is finally out. To celebrate the accomplishments of the 747 program, more than 7000 employees were treated to a surprise concert by the Steve Miller Band today at the Everett factory. And even though the concert was delayed...
    • 1000 reasons to love the 777

      The 777 team is celebrating two milestones this week that mark the program’s incredible history and its bright future. On Monday, the 50th 777 Freighter produced by the program was delivered to FedEx. This is FedEx’s 16th 777 Freighter, making...
    • I've Been Everywhere

      Three months after the 747-8 Freighter wrapped up its certification flight testing by drawing a giant 747 across a map of the U.S., the 747-8 Intercontinental has pulled off a feat of its own. Last week, the crew flew an...
    • The Sweet Spot

      Hello 68. That’s the magic number everyone has been waiting for since the day we introduced the 737 MAX back in August. Today, we announced that we’re going with a 68-inch fan for the engine on this new variant of...
    • Greetings from Asia

      HONG KONG - I’ve spent the past few days in Hong Kong and Taipei talking about how Southeast Asian airlines are ordering new airplanes at a rapid rate. Changes in regulations have really opened up air travel here. For example,...
  • October 2011

    • Back from Barbados

      Just eight months after its first flight, the 747-8 Intercontinental wrapped up its certification test flights today with a Function & Reliability flight back from Barbados. This marks the second certification flight test program the 747 team has completed this...
    • A toast to the future

      They may not be a 787 customer yet. But we’re already toasting our friends at RwandAir with their very own beer—RwandAle. The Pike Brewing Company of Seattle created a special private label for RwandAir. When the airline’s CEO John Mirenge...
    • Saluting the Belle

      It’s not often that I get to talk about the defense side of Boeing. But I definitely wanted to share a special moment from this past weekend that honored a Boeing legend. The new memorial in Memphis. Boeing and FedEx...
    • The Third Quarter

      It’s very fitting that the day Boeing got great financial news on third-quarter earnings, the very first revenue flight of ANA’s 787 Dreamliner landed in Hong Kong. I wish I could have been on the flight myself, but as 787...
    • Two milestones with one delivery

      It’s only fitting that our best-selling 777, the 777-300ER, helped mark two recent milestones. We just delivered our 300th 777-300ER to Biman Bangladesh Airlines. It was also the airline’s first 777-300ER. The first 777-300ER for Biman Bangladesh. This delivery continues...
    • Seoul Man

      After spending the first half of this week in South Korea where the 787 Dreamliner made its Korean debut at the Seoul Air Show, I’m now in Tokyo where all the buzz is about the 787’s first revenue flight. The...
    • First at 35

      On any other day, a wing spar load in our Renton factory would be considered routine. But that simple action today was a huge step forward in our Next-Generation 737 program. This morning, we began work on the first airplane...
    • Twice as nice

      Here’s a cool fact for the Boeing history books. Today, the second airplanes from each of our new programs were contractually delivered to our customers. Cargolux flew their second 747-8 Freighter directly to Luxembourg a short time afterward, while ANA...
    • Delivery day for Cargolux

      UPDATE - Now that the airplane has flown away, I wanted to add a few photos from the big day. The 747-8 Freighter leaves Everett this morning. Safe travels to Luxembourg! The crew says goodbye with a wing wag. The...
    • Spirit of Seattle

      I stopped off in Washington, D.C. last week for a quick visit after wrapping up my market outlook presentations in Canada. And look what was waiting to carry me back to Seattle! My ride back to Seattle from DC. It’s...
    • Musings from Montreal

      MONTREAL - Bonjour from Canada where I’ve spent the past few days unveiling our 2011 Current Market Outlook for North America. The ties between Boeing and Canada go all the way back to 1919 when Bill Boeing and pilot Eddie...
    • Present tense

      Over the past few weeks, I’ve fielded a lot of questions about Boeing’s future plans for the 777 program. But for me, the real news is what’s happening with the 777 here and now. With last week’s order for 6...
  • September 2011

    • Coming home

      Now that ANA’s very first 787 is on the ground in Japan, I wanted to share some final thoughts on the events of the past few days. As a crowd gathered outside Paine Field yesterday morning to watch the flyaway,...
    • Dream Delivered

      I’ve never seen so many smiling faces in the pouring rain as I did in Everett today. The weather did nothing to dampen the energy and excitement as we delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to ANA. I could actually feel...
    • The buzz in Barcelona

      I’m just back from Barcelona, Spain where I attended the ISTAT Europe conference (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading). ISTAT attracts a mix of traders, airlines, leasing companies, media, financiers, and manufacturers—and there was clearly a lot of interest with...
    • The Lion's Share

      It’s easy to see why our employees are so connected to the airplanes they build. And in some cases, they also have a strong connection to the home country of a customer. One such story involves Wenarto, a manager with...
    • 747-8F first delivery update

      Just yesterday, I was telling you about all the excitement leading up to first delivery of the 747-8 Freighter—including a surprise musical guest who’d be performing for employees. It turns out, that party will have to wait. We still need...
    • Guess who's coming to Everett?

      While final preps are underway for Monday’s first delivery of the 747-8 Freighter to our launch customer Cargolux, there’s a bit of a party atmosphere around the Everett factory right now. Monday will be packed with a lot of pomp...
    • A picture perfect "thank you"

      The certification of the 787 and the 747-8 Freighter involved the hard work of thousands of Boeing employees. But two of those employees know better than anyone how those airplanes handle in the sky. It’s not often that you see...
    • Give me wings

      I wanted to share another way our team in Renton is ramping up for our next 737 rate increase. In January, we’ll deliver the first airplane built at our new rate of 35 airplanes a month, an increase from 31.5....
    • Opportunity knocks in China

      BEIJING - Hello from China where I’ve just unveiled some pretty impressive numbers about this booming country. Over the next 20 years, our Current Market Outlook shows that China will need 5,000 new airplanes worth $600 billion. That’s 15 percent...
    • Dancing in September

      To say we’re going to be busy around here in September is an understatement. We knew first delivery dates for the 747-8 Freighter and the 787 Dreamliner were going to be very close to each other. Today, we know exactly...
    • All in a day's work

      While our 737 has always been the workhorse of the Boeing fleet, some new numbers show the 777 is also putting in a pretty good day’s work. The more than 60 operators flying the 777 have increased the average number...
  • August 2011

    • Meet the MAX

      It may have been one of the best kept secrets in Boeing history. I’m still amazed we managed to keep the name 737 MAX under wraps until our official unveiling at today’s press conference. The members of our new family...
    • The Dream is Certified

      Well, 787 fans and friends, today was one for the history books. I wouldn’t have missed what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day in Everett. With government officials to my left and company leaders to my right, customers...
    • From Montana to Moscow

      I guess you could really call this post “How I spent my Summer Vacation.” As you know, there’s been a flurry of activity here at Boeing this summer. So while there’s a brief lull in the action, I wanted to...
    • Countdown to Cargolux

      Talk about a great way to end the week. The 747-8 Freighter continues the race toward first delivery with today’s news that it’s now certified for entry into service by both the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency. After logging...
    • Over and Done!

      MOSCOW — Hello from Russia where good news travels fast. I’ve spent the past few days at the Moscow Air Show where the first 787 Dreamliner has been on display. As that airplane continues to turn heads, we received word...
    • The WOW Factor

      Our 777 team is about to become even busier than they already are. Cathay Pacific just ordered eight 777 Freighters and four 777-300ERs. Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines agreed to order eight 777-300ERs (we look forward to finalizing the details of that...
    • Working for the weekend

      It was a very busy weekend at Boeing as we got to show off some of our new airplanes. The very first Dreamliner that will enter service rolled out of the paint hangar in Everett on Saturday— sporting a special...
    • Take the long way home

      At first glance, it looks like something a young aviation buff might have created with Etch A Sketch (for those of us who actually remember Etch A Sketch). Using perhaps the most creative flight plan ever drawn up, the 747-8...
    • Topping out on ETOPS

      One final set of testing down—one to go. The 787 team is celebrating another major accomplishment. This past Sunday during the flight of ZA102 (the ninth 787 to be built), the program completed its extended operations (ETOPS) flight demonstrations. Just...
  • July 2011

    • Open arms in Oshkosh

      We knew there was a lot of buzz over the 787 Dreamliner’s visit to Oshkosh, Wisconsin today. But we had no idea just how many fans would show up to see her. Check out this great video of the landing....
    • Beating expectations... again

      After posting strong first-quarter earnings, Boeing has once again beaten Wall Street expectations in the second quarter of 2011. A lot of that success was driven by Commercial Airplanes where we’re living through one of the most exciting and historic...
    • Up close and personal

      If you’ve never had the good fortune of standing beside a Next-Generation 737, we have a fix. Thanks to some pretty cool technology, you can now get down to “rivet level” of the airplane without leaving your computer. A digital...
    • The Next-Generation.. and beyond

      It’s not often you see Boeing and Airbus executives sharing the same stage. But it’s fitting for what is indeed an historic day in aviation. For all of you who’ve been wondering which direction we’d take on the 737 program,...
    • Harbour Town

      SYDNEY - Hello from “down under” where I’m spending a few days discussing the airplane market for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. With beautiful places like Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, it’s no wonder that more than...
    • Paint job

      With a fresh coat of paint and the sun shining through the doors to light it up, a brand new Southwest Airlines 737 looked gorgeous today as we officially opened a newly renovated paint hangar next to our Renton factory....
    • Human touch

      For the past week, the second 787 Dreamliner known as ZA002 has been welcomed by thousands of fans across Japan. On Sunday, the airplane finally got to meet some of its makers. Lucky employees from our partners such as Mitsubishi...
    • Baby I love your way

      Unless you see it in person, it’s hard to describe the genuine outpouring of emotion and excitement surrounding the 787 Dreamliner’s first visit to Japan. The Dreamliner touches down in Osaka. As it made its way from Tokyo to Osaka...
    • The Dream arrives in Japan

      In what was a picture perfect moment, a rainbow made an appearance as the 787 Dreamliner decked out in ANA livery touched down in Japan for the first time. More than 1,000 people— almost all armed with a camera— turned...
  • June 2011

    • Fill it up again

      Last week, the 747-8 Freighter made history by making the first transatlantic crossing on biofuel. Now, a 737-800 owned by KLM wrote its own history. This week, KLM became the first airline to operate a scheduled commercial flight on bio-kerosene....
    • European Vacation

      When two of the stars of the Paris Air Show left Le Bourget last week, they still had some stops to make in Europe. And let me tell you, they got the rock star treatment. When the 787 landed in...
    • That's a wrap!

      It’s time to put the wraps on another great air show here in Paris. All week long, we had the chance to showcase our new airplanes and innovative technologies to some incredibly receptive crowds. I put together a video showing...
    • Under Paris Skies

      Not even today’s downpour at the Paris Air Show could stop the excitement surrounding the 787 Dreamliner. A steady stream of customers, suppliers and media climbed aboard the airplane today—so many that I didn’t even have a chance to get...
    • Eyes on the sky

      You can always count on the 787 Dreamliner to get your blood pumping—and it did just that during Tuesday’s session of the Paris Air Show. The airplane landed during a media reception and immediately turned heads. Even though the Dreamliner...
    • Feels like home

      LE BOURGET, FRANCE - Greetings from the Paris Air Show, where Mother Nature is putting on a show of her own. We were treated to a little bit of everything today—rain, wind, cold, heat and humidity. I grew up in...
    • The big reveal

      It’s not easy trying to predict 20 years into the future. But here at Boeing, we have an excellent track record forecasting what’s ahead for the aviation market. For the past five decades, we’ve produced our Current Market Outlook (CMO)...
    • It's almost show time!

      The Paris Air Show is always a spectacle and promises to be filled with fireworks this year. Boeing will have an unprecedented number of airplanes at the show providing a feast for the eyes. It really will be a great...
    • A glass half full

      Next week, I’ll be in Paris to unveil our new Current Market Outlook. The CMO is a comprehensive report Boeing has put out since 1964 forecasting where we believe the aviation industry is headed over the next 20 years. But...
    • Number one crew

      We recently accomplished another meaningful milestone in the lead up to 787 first delivery. The first pilots from launch customer ANA have completed training at the Seattle Flight Services campus. Thumbs up from part of the ANA team before departure...
    • Big things are coming to Paris

      Guess who’s coming to Paris? We just revealed which airplanes will be flying over for the big air show later this month. In all, five airplanes will be making an appearance in Paris including the 747-8 Intercontinental in its Sunrise...
    • New coat of paint

      Things seem to be changing by the day over at our 737 factory. A refurbished paint hangar at Renton Field is coming online in just a few weeks. This past Friday, a Solaseed Air 737-800 that had already been painted...
  • May 2011

    • Do you believe in magic?

      The Boeing Sky Interior (BSI) has landed on yet another continent. GOL Airlines in Brazil just took delivery of a Next-Generation 737-800 with BSI, becoming the first South American carrier to fly with the new interior. You may remember that...
    • Big in Japan

      We’re gearing up for another exciting milestone on the 787 program. In about six weeks, we’ll fly the 787 flight test airplane ZA002 to Japan to conduct a service readiness validation (SROV) with our launch customer ANA. During the event,...
    • Boeing's own rock star

      It’s not often that a man who just turned 90 is asked to pose for photos like a rock star. But that’s exactly what happened when Joe Sutter, the father of the 747 and legendary Boeing engineer, recently stopped by...
    • Continuing the tradition

      As some of Boeing’s baby boomer workforce approaches retirement, we’re doing everything we can to ensure their wealth of knowledge is passed along to new Boeing employees currently on the job. We’re also looking at where the next generation of...
    • 777 goes to 7

      In addition to delivering on our 747-8 and 787 development programs, one of the most important things we’ll be doing this year is moving forward on our production rate increases. In fact, we’re raising production rates across all product lines...
    • All around the world

      If I ever need a reminder about the demand for our Next-Generation 737, all I have to do is take a walk through the Renton factory. You’ll always find a wide variety of customer logos as you walk the floor....
    • Speed of flight

      What if somebody came up with a way to save airlines up to 200 pounds of jet fuel each flight and more than 40,000 minutes of flight time on a fleet-wide basis per year? You’d think that would represent a...
    • The "ultimate" test

      Back when I first started at Boeing as a flight test engineer, I gave my brother a framed photo of the 747-200 going through one of the most challenging (and nothing short of spectacular) certification tests you can imagine. That...
    • Everything's gone green

      We thought the new Sunrise livery for the 747-8 Intercontinental was a head turner. But when it comes to liveries, S7 Airlines in Russia may have one of the most eye catching you’ll ever see. Their new Next-Generation 737-800 was...
    • For all you foodies

      DATELINE: Buenos Aires Greetings from Argentina where I’m wrapping up some market updates for Latin America. As many of you know, I’m a foodie by heart. My recent business travel across Latin America, Europe and Asia allowed me to sample...
  • April 2011

    • Beating expectations

      It’s always good to wake up to the news that Boeing’s first-quarter earnings exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. There’s a lot to be proud of, but also a lot of work to accomplish by year’s end. On the commercial side, we...
    • Given to fly

      A great flight with no jet lag. That’s the way one of our pilots described the experience of flying a 787 Dreamliner full-flight simulator. Now, our customers have begun to experience this for themselves. This week Boeing Flight Services welcomed...
    • The Flight

      For anyone who loves airplanes, the passion usually begins at a young age. That’s why I was so impressed to learn that the 9 year old daugther of a Qatar Airways executive had written a short journal. In it, Sofia...
    • Picture perfect

      If you didn’t know better, you’d probably think the picture below was digitally altered. But this spectacular image is very real. This past Saturday, flight test photographer Leo Dejillas caught the 747-8 Intercontinental (RC001) and the 787 Dreamliner (ZA001) test...
    • Carolina in my mind

      In true journal style, I wanted to share my recent trip to South Carolina a couple of weeks ago.. including the first publicly released photos from inside our new 787 Dreamliner production facility. Tuesday I started the day by swinging...
    • Room at the top

      By the middle of this year, we may be answering the questions a lot of you are asking. Will Boeing offer a new engine for the 737? Will Boeing build an entirely new airplane? Regardless of the answer, one fact...
    • Turning two

      I feel a special attachment to our 777 Freighter, which recently marked its second year in service. That’s because I had a small part in bringing it to the market. Beginning back in late 2001, I was part of a...
    • Our commitment to excellence

      Here’s a statistic that is truly incredible. Every few seconds of every day, two Boeing 737s take off or land somewhere in the world. It speaks not only to the popularity of the airplane, but also to the safety and...
    • Creative marketing

      Some of our customers have once again come up with some classic April Fools’ Day news releases. In the spirit of the day, I wanted to share some with you. WestJet: Talk about a creative way to save fuel. Their...
  • March 2011

    • Behind the scenes story on naming the Dreamliner

      A lot of you remember the contest Boeing held back in 2003 to name what was then dubbed the 7E7 airplane. Of course, the name “Dreamliner” came out on top and will forever be attached to what is now the...
    • Here comes the sun

      Here comes the sun and there goes our new beauty. You couldn’t have asked for a better day than Sunday for the first flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental. The plane’s Sunrise livery sparkled in the morning sun as she left...
    • To our friends in Japan

      During my travels across Asia the past two weeks, I’ve had the chance to catch up with many people who are not only business colleagues— but close friends. That’s why the recent events in Japan and the people living through...
    • Travelin' Man

      BANGKOK - Hello from Thailand where I’m now providing market updates after spending the past week at the Asian Aerospace Expo in Hong Kong. And what a week it was for Boeing. The expo’s grand opening featured some celebratory lions...
    • An anomaly

      HONG KONG - Hello from the Asian Aerospace International Expo, where our new Intercontinental made news this week after Air China announced it would become the first Chinese customer for the plane. When we started work on the 747-8, some...
    • The games people play

      AMSTERDAM - Greetings from the Amsterdam Hilton (where the Ballad of John and Yoko comes to mind). As I sit here, it gives me the chance to write about something that’s been bugging me for weeks. Over the holiday break,...
    • 300 and counting

      If you’ve ever taken a tour of our 737 factory in Renton, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a plane with the Ryanair logo going down the line. At times, the Boeing factory actually looks more like Ryanair’s very own...
  • February 2011

    • Landing the tanker

      BERLIN - I’m traveling in Berlin today for some media and aviation forums, but couldn’t escape hearing all the predictions that EADS would win the U.S. Air Force refueling tanker contract. So when word came down that Boeing landed the...
    • Dreamliner milestone

      The 787 Dreamliner team now has 1,000 reasons to smile. On Wednesday, the Dreamliner took its 1,000th flight. The milestone was reached when test plane ZA004, one of seven planes taking part in flight testing, landed in Yuma, Arizona. Chief...
    • Ticket to ride

      If you’re a Boeing employee, you probably hear one question all the time: “Can you get me a job?” It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t love working for this company, which is why I’m always receiving inquiries or resumes...
    • California Dreamin'

      Getting to the airport at the crack of dawn isn’t one of my favorite things. But earlier this month, I gladly crawled out of bed at 4am to head for Boeing Field. After sitting down at the house for a...
    • How far we've come

      I’ve never seen so many people blown away by the sight of an airplane. I was there Sunday as the new 747-8 Intercontinental was unveiled in its surprise red-orange Sunrise livery symbolizing prosperity and good luck. Instead of writing more...
    • Traffic in the sky

      As anyone who reads this journal or follows our industry knows, we’re going to need tens of thousands of new airplanes over the next 20 years (as well as pilots and crews to operate and maintain them) to meet the...
    • A lot of excitement and a little mystery

      Our 747-8 team is putting the finishing touches on what promises to be a huge event this weekend as we unveil the new Intercontinental. You can watch it all from the comfort of home by logging on to our live...
    • Numbers Game

      Here’s a question: when is a year not really a year? When it comes to making airplanes, the answer is all in the math. As the market keeps demanding more and more airplanes, we here at Boeing keep upping our...
  • January 2011

    • Our winglets are worth a thousand words

      Almost a decade after they made their commercial debut on a Boeing Next-Generation 737-800, our blended winglets are still giving travelers a reason to smile. Our good friends at WestJet are now featuring a program called “Winglet Wednesday.” The airline...
    • Feelin' stronger every day

      Hello again from Dublin. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m currently attending the European Airfinance Conference where I have had the chance to hear what’s in store for the year ahead. As I’m listening, I can’t help but...
    • Ready for its close-up

      Dateline: Dublin Greetings from Dublin, Ireland where I’m attending the European Airfinance Conference. The aviation finance world converges here every year to see what’s on the horizon for 2011 and beyond. For us, 2011 will be a huge year especially...
    • Order up: A U.S. first

      Even though it was born in the USA, it has been generating a lot of buzz overseas. Now, the excitement over Boeing’s 777-300ER has American Airlines getting in on the action. American just finalized a contract to buy two of...
    • New timeline for Dreamliner

      It’s the question everyone has been asking: When will Boeing deliver its first 787? The answer is we expect to deliver the first Dreamliner to ANA in the third quarter of this year. This new date allows us to complete...
    • All decked out

      The secret weapon to shake up long-haul travel is now airborne in the form of a new Boeing 777-300ER. About a year ago the folks at Air New Zealand invited me and one of my colleagues to a “secret location”...
    • Rock steady

      They say there’s strength in numbers. And our 2010 orders and deliveries numbers, released today, were rock steady. These figures back up what I’ve been saying: Not only has the market recovered, it’s expanding. Net orders for commercial airplanes in...
    • Super 737

      Happy New Year! I’m back at work after taking a well-earned rest and spending some quality time with my family. I’m ready to get going on an exciting year, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you here...
  • December 2010

    • 787 returns to flight

      I’m here in Los Angeles on my way back to Seattle after participating in the first flight of the first Air New Zealand 777-300ER and I can’t imagine a nicer gift for the holiday season than the return to flight...
    • Better things

      As we reach the end of 2010 and I look back on what the year has brought, I see a a year of both highs and lows, of great accomplishments and a few setbacks. But what remains my strongest impression...
    • Here I am!

      I have to tell you, I’m really impressed by your efforts in our little game from last week. As you can see (click on the photo for a larger view), I’m here in the lower half of the 5. It...
    • Where's Rand-O?

      On Dec. 1, I had the opportunity to join in a fun event at our Renton factory. Stylish and highly visible To celebrate the 8,500th order of a 737 airplane, some 1,500 employees who help build the airplane and its...
    • Out of Africa

      As I mentioned recently, I had the chance to fly to Ethiopia on Ethiopian Airlines’ new 777-200LR — the first -200LR to be delivered to an African carrier. During the trip, we filmed a video blog to share some of...
    • Accolades for AERO

      For those of you techies who regularly read Boeing’s AERO magazine, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that our quarterly customer publication recently won a top award in a global competition for communications excellence. Our AERO technical magazine...
  • November 2010

    • All day and all of the night

      Without a doubt, it’s been a very busy fall for me and for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. So busy that a pretty cool anniversary sneaked up on us this month. My luggage still carries a reminder of that record-setting flight. On...
    • Likely cause of ZA002 incident determined

      The diligence and determination of the engineering team that has been investigating the cause of the incident on ZA002 earlier this month in Laredo has been exceptional. Today we announced some of the findings from that investigation and the steps...
    • Off to Africa

      Today, I’m off on a couple of new adventures. First, I’m going to do something I’ve always wanted to do, and I get to do it in a special way: Ethiopian Airlines is flying away its first 777-200LR today, and...
    • 787 update

      Our colleagues at the 787 program have posted another update. It’s available here....
    • Nothing stays the same

      The first time I went to China was in the early 1990s. I was a young marketing analyst supporting a sales campaign at China Southern. It was one of my first trips outside the United States, and so to me,...
    • Update

      We’ve posted some updated information on the incident that occurred on board ZA002 Nov. 9....
    • 787 Incident

      On Tuesday, Nov. 9, one of our 787 test airplanes, ZA002, experienced an on-board electrical fire. While this is a very serious issue for the program, the good news is that the airplane landed safely and everyone on board evacuated...
    • Pilot project

      We’ve just made available online the latest addition to our Current Market Outlook - our global forecast for pilot and maintenance personnel demand over the next 20 years. You may have read about this new projection Boeing released several weeks...
    • Sky's the limit

      One of the best things about our Next Generation 737 is that it just keeps getting better. Our 737 team, despite already producing the best-selling commercial airplane family in history, has never been content to rest on its laurels. Instead,...
    • Carry that weight

      BEIJING — I’m back in Asia again, this time in China. While I’m here, I’ll be talking about the China market and the incredible growth that this nation’s air transport industry will see over the next 20 years. But that’s...
  • October 2010

    • Short stop

      As you may have seen from my recent entries and from stories that have appeared in the media, I’ve been out on the road quite a lot over the past few weeks. I showed you some pictures from my time...
    • Third-quarter earnings

      Today Boeing posted its third-quarter earnings, and they’re pretty solid. Here’s a link to our release....
    • Join together

      You might remember that before I moved into my current role, I spent a lot of time on the 747 program, including as vice president of Marketing for the 747-8. So you’ll understand when I say how thrilled I was...
    • 2,000 hours and counting

      We’ve just completed our 2,000th hour of flight testing on the 787 Dreamliner. ZA002 in Iceland for crosswind testing. ZA001 continues to be the high-hour airplane with more than 655 hours of flying time. ZA002 hasn’t flown as many flights...
    • All these things that I've done

      September, October and November are traditionally busy travel months for me and this year is no exception. Last week, I was in Northeast Asia, touching the Japanese and South Korean markets - you may have seen some of the media...
    • 6 in the air

      TOKYO — It’s great to have six airplanes in our flight test fleet. ZA006’s first flight today was just as spectacular as our other first flights and just as disciplined. And now, our flight test fleet is complete. Captains Christine...
    • School's in session

      As I mentioned a little while back, I did my annual swing Down Under a couple weeks ago. It was a great but very busy trip. I visited Sydney and Brisbane, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand, and over a 5-day...
  • September 2010

    • Changes

      Today as I’m sure you’ve heard, Boeing announced a schedule change for the 747-8 Freighter. We’re moving delivery of the first freighter to mid-year 2011. Decisions like this are always disappointing, and most certainly always difficult to make. We had...
    • Big numbers

      Over the past few months I’ve noticed some creative ad campaigns produced by a couple of our really good industry partners. I wonder if you’ve seen them as well. The first features the 777 Freighter. In this ad for Hong...
    • Dream weaver (Part II)

      Earlier this year I shared Part I of my conversation with Klaus Brauer. Klaus, Boeing’s long-time “guru” on aircraft interiors, retired from Boeing in 2009 after a 30-year career with us. Following a very busy several months I finally...
    • Do it again

      AUCKLAND - One more item to mention from the other side of the world. A few months back we talked here about the fact that Boeing would be keeping a close eye on the market to see whether we needed...
    • WTO interim decision in EU case

      AUCKLAND - In New Zealand for the next couple of days, meeting with reporters and customers here, as I did in Australia earlier in the week. Of course, the news back in the States has also caught my attention as...
    • A day in the life

      SYDNEY - I’m Down Under at the moment, where I’ve had a successful media briefing discussing our 20-year market forecast for the region. I’m also heading to New Zealand later in the week. Meantime, I wanted to touch base on...
    • AERO Q3 2010

      A few years back I was really tied in to the 747-8 Program as its Customers Leader. So I was more than a bit intrigued when I saw the new edition of AERO just out. You can click on the...
    • The beat goes on

      As you may have heard, we’ve begun assembly on the 1,000th Boeing 767. It’s a significant milestone, and a proud moment for the entire team in Everett. This 1,000th airplane is a 767-300ER (extended range) passenger model. ANA is scheduled...
    • Breakfast in (North) America

      MONTREAL - Nothing like waking up to a breakfast of cold cereal and juice together with a dose of hot, muggy end-of-summer weather. It’s been in the low 30s Celsius here this week (around 90 F) - and coming from...
  • August 2010

    • Learn to fly

      CALGARY - I’m in Canada for the next few days meeting with media. I’ll have more about that later in the week. But I wanted to share a bit about a significant event back home. Last Thursday we officially launched...
    • Straight on

      By now you’ve seen the news about the target for first delivery of the 787. As you know, we said earlier this summer that it was possible that our first 787 delivery could move a few weeks into 2011. The...
    • Sharks and jets

      Aviation, like any other business, requires that you stay close to your customers, to understand their wants and needs - while at the same time always keeping your eye on the competition. So I’ve been watching recently as Airbus has...
    • Heavy rotation

      We like to say all the time how flight testing is about stretching the capabilities of the airplane above and beyond what you’d experience in normal flight operations. How about taking off weighing more than a million pounds (454,500 kg)?...
    • Business travel rebound

      I’ve been saying for months that this is a year of recovery for our industry, and I wanted to share something that gives a little anecdotal evidence that we are indeed seeing a rebound. I’m traveling right now myself -...
    • The "Crickets"

      I’ll be doing some traveling coming up, including some much-needed vacation, but I wanted to share one last bit of fun from Farnborough. It has to do with an honor bestowed upon me for my performance on the field at...
    • 787 flyover

      Crowds along Seattle’s Lake Washington got a thrill over the weekend when ZA003 flew over the annual summer event known as Seafair. The 787 Dreamliner over Seattle and Lake Washington on Sunday. It’s a bit of a tradition. Nearly every...
    • These are the times

      We’ve posted a great video highlighting the events and accomplishments of the 2nd quarter. I thought you’d like to take a look if you haven’t already discovered it. Click above to go to the Boeing Commercial Airplanes 2010 2nd Quarter...
    • Air safety report

      Boeing has just updated our annual air safety report. It’s the 41st annual “Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents,” our way of studying trends to help prevent future accidents. Much like the Current Market Outlook, this analysis is a...
  • July 2010

    • Innovation generation

      Back in January, we had a great response to a couple of blogs pointing to our new “Design Highlights” interactive sites on newairplane.com - for the 787 Dreamliner, and the 747-8. We’ve just launched a similar feature focused on the...
    • Q2 2010 results

      It’s earnings season again, and today Boeing has reported on a solid 2nd quarter. Our news release: Boeing Reports Second-Quarter Results...
    • Werewolves of London

      LONDON - If you’re at all familiar with the song title above, you’ll understand when I say, at the end of a long week at Farnborough, my hair is far from perfect, and there’s scant time for kicking back at...
    • Tuesday afternoon

      FARNBOROUGH - Another long and very dynamic day, during which - to some observers - we saved the best for last. Truly a highlight of the entire show took place Tuesday afternoon - 4:41 pm local time by my watch...
    • Opportunities

      FARNBOROUGH - Already one day in, and you can see a huge difference between this air show and Paris in 2009. We’ve seen a lot of order activity vs. virtually none last year, combined with - if this is possible...
    • Dreamliner at Farnborough

      FARNBOROUGH - Quiet. It’s not a word you typically use to describe the scene at a major international air show. But that was the word, as we kicked things off at Farnborough. By quiet, I mean that was my impression...
    • Back to the future - Part III

      LONDON - Is it really possible that 1990 was 20 years ago? That’s when the above titled movie was released, closing out the popular film trilogy. It’s a fitting way to bookend our discussion of the commercial airplanes market for...
    • One week

      LONDON - The Farnborough Air Show is fast approaching. It’s going to be an exciting one, and I expect the show to focus on a couple of key stories: The recovery of the market and the buzz around the 787...
    • It's show time

      The Farnborough International Airshow is a little over a week away. This is going to be a dynamic and exciting show in many ways (as always) and I’m looking forward to getting started. I’ll be heading to the U.K. next...
    • Revolution -9

      We’ve completed firm configuration on the 787-9, the second member of the Dreamliner family. Firm configuration defines the airplane’s overall capability (structure, propulsion, systems) and allows us together with our suppliers to begin detailed design of parts, assemblies and other...
  • June 2010

    • WTO ruling: "No" to launch aid

      You may have seen or heard reports that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that billions of dollars in European launch-aid subsidies used by Airbus to develop its commercial airplanes are illegal. This is a very significant decision which...
    • Hotter than July

      Down in the desert we’ve finished a series of hot weather tests on the 747-8 Freighter, and initial data shows that the airplane performed well. RC522, the 3rd flight test 747-8, during ground testing in Arizona. Basically we wanted to...
    • 787 inspections prioritized

      Flight test is a constant balancing act and we’ve made a decision that will result in us not flying 787s for a couple of days. After finding a workmanship issue on the horizontal stabilizer of an airplane in final assembly,...
    • Shanghai dreams

      The past few months have been an extremely busy travel season for me. I’ve been to New York, Geneva, Jakarta, Singapore, Philadelphia, Orlando, St. Louis, Luxembourg, Dubai … Well, you get the idea. I finished my last major trip with...
    • ZA005 takes flight

      The other day we talked about the “fifth dimension” as our 5th flight test Dreamliner took to the air for the first time. With some new images now in, I had to share what I think are some really “otherworldly”...
    • Fifth dimension

      We got our first General Electric-powered 787 flying yesterday. It also happens to be the 5th Dreamliner to join the flight test fleet. Up, up and away for this beautiful Dreamliner - first flight for the 5th 787 in the...
    • 737 to ramp up further

      About a month ago we told you that we’ll be increasing our production rate on the Next-Generation 737. As I mentioned here, we would keep looking at the need for further 737 rate increases as the economy recovers and customer...
    • First look - 747-8 Intercontinental

      Next year we plan to deliver the first passenger model of the new 747-8. But for now we can enjoy the fact that fuselage assembly has begun on the Intercontinental. Take a look: In Everett, mechanics have loaded the panels...
    • 5 years time

      Last month marked my 3rd anniversary as Commercial Airplanes V.P. of Marketing - and my 3rd year of blogging. And it occurs to me as well that Randy’s Journal has been around for more than 5 years now. Hard to...
    • Cargolux 747-8

      It’s always great to see a customer livery for the first time on a new airplane. We got that look last night when a 747-8 Freighter left the Boeing paint hangar in the new-design livery of Cargolux. Luxembourg-based Cargolux is...
    • Winning

      Now this is a great way to end the week. We’ve just learned that our Commercial Airplanes Communications & Marketing team has won a 2010 Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The award is for...
    • Windows 787

      No doubt a lot of the buzz when passengers start flying in the 787 Dreamliner is going to be about the windows. They’re really big, and will give everyone on the airplane a view of the horizon. But there’s something...
  • May 2010

    • Rocky Mountain high

      I guess you could say it’s been a busy week for the 4th Dreamliner - ZA004 has been down in the desert and up in the mountains. Pikes Peak overlooks ZA004 as it arrives for testing in Colorado. ZA004 has...
    • Captains "fantastic"

      Just the other day we had the very first customer crew flying a 787 Dreamliner - pilots from launch customer ANA flew ZA001 for about 2 and a half hours over Washington state - and I didn’t want to pass...
    • 34 per month

      We announced today that we will indeed increase production rates on the Renton-built Next-Generation 737. We’ll be increasing the rate from the current 31.5 airplanes per month to 34 per month in early 2012. Next-Generation 737s on the production line...
    • Spirit in the sky

      We’ve had so many memorable images this year already, but this one ranks up there with the best of them. The first 787 Dreamliner, meets the Boeing Model 40, our first production commercial airplane, for an in-the-air rendezvous. Chief test...
    • Away we go

      SHANGHAI - I’ve been doing just a bit of traveling, from Dubai to Rome to Beijing in the past week or so, and now I’m in Shanghai before heading home, where there’s been lots going on in my absence. Yesterday...
    • Prepare for takeoff

      It’s been said that it takes three things to start a successful airline. One, a good business plan. Two, a talented team of managers. And three, money - lots and lots of money. If you want to start an airline,...
    • Sully in Seattle

      Yesterday’s announcement by the NTSB of 33 safety recommendations following an investigation into U.S. Airways flight 1549 called to mind the recent visit here by the captain of that miracle landing. The visit to Boeing was several weeks back,...
    • Middle East market outlook

      I’ve been in Dubai, presenting Boeing’s view of the market for the Middle East. We had a very successful media roundtable, including journalists from Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and a number of regional publications. You can take a look...
    • Boeing Fabrication Interiors South Carolina

      We’ve just announced that we’ve chosen South Carolina as the site for the fabrication and assembly of interior parts to supply the 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility in Charleston. You can read more in our news release. Boeing...
  • April 2010

    • San Antonio Rose

      The 787 has touched down in Texas, for a short testing stay in San Antonio. Airplane 3 at Boeing’s San Antonio facility. After a successful performance in the extreme-weather testing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, ZA003 went to...
    • Temporary adjustment to 787 supplier deliveries

      Yesterday, we addressed a series of media calls about an adjustment we’re making to some 787 component delivery schedules. This temporary adjustment is intended to keep the production flow in balance and to minimize out-of-sequence work moving into 787 Final...
    • 2010 and beyond

      You may have noticed earlier this year that IATA cut its 2010 airline industry loss forecast in half - basically because of signs of a much stronger than expected recovery, with the good start to this year. I would have...
    • Hot 'n cold

      I’ve often been asked by journalists and industry analysts, “What do you do when a flight test program requires us to find, say, cold weather to test in during warm weather months?” In other words, how and where will we...
    • Q1 2010 results

      As is often the case around here, there’s a lot going on, including our 2010 1st quarter earnings results, and the announcement of some major milestones on the 787 program. First, regarding our financial results, bottom line is we’re off...
    • In the desert

      We’ve started the transition of testing for the 747-8 Freighter that we talked about several months ago. RC521 became the first 747-8 to make the move from Seattle to Southern California this week as we focus on the next phase...
    • Boeing.com 2.0

      As you may have noticed, we’ve just launched a remodeled Boeing.com. I think you’ll find it engaging and inviting for a couple of reasons. First, our new Boeing “home page” is going to be a place where we’ll be featuring...
    • GoldCare launch

      This week, we launched 787 GoldCare service with Europe-based TUI Travel PLC. GoldCare provides support to 787 operators that aligns with the new, advanced technology Dreamliner - and it also leverages the e-enabled capabilities built into the airplanes. We think...
    • Squeeze

      How do you fit a jumbo jet the size of the 747-8 into a hangar? Answer: Very carefully. A tight squeeze for a 747-8 in a hangar at Boeing Field. The other day we moved a 747-8 Freighter (our #2...
    • Under pressure

      About 10 days ago, we performed the ultimate load wing and fuselage bending test for the 787 Dreamliner. As you might recall, we flexed the wings on the 787 static test article, bending them up by about 25 feet (7.62...
    • Jet City

      If you happen to commute to and from Seattle south of downtown, my guess is you’ve noticed the giant new “wallscape” billboard that just went up along I-5. For those of you who don’t live in the area, take a...
    • April 1

      I just had to share a few links - and there may be others out there - to some April Fool’s Day gags from our customers: Flying trailer Onboard vending machines Inflight Clapper technology Southwest Airlines “launched” T7 on April...
  • March 2010

    • Bend me, shape me

      It was an exciting day in Everett on Sunday as we took the wings on the 787 static test article to their “ultimate load” condition - bending them up by approximately 25 feet (7.62 meters). The test represents 150% of...
    • WTO ruling

      We’ve talked a little here in the past - but not a whole lot - about subsidies and the World Trade Organization case. Well, today you may have seen or heard reports about the WTO’s final ruling in the U.S....
    • Flutter and ground effects

      We’ve just achieved a further two important steps in the 787 flight test program – we completed flutter testing and ground effects testing. Both of these accomplishments move us much closer to achieving Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the Federal...
    • Production rate increase

      As you may have heard today, we’ve made a decision to accelerate our planned production rate increases on the 777 and 747 programs. It’s a move we’re making in order to support increased customer demand as the airplane market recovers....
    • Expanding the envelope

      In a season of first flights, we’ve had three this week, as the 2nd and 3rd 747-8 Freighters took to the air in addition to a 4th Dreamliner. RC 521, our 3rd 747-8 Freighter flight test airplane, in the air...
    • 1234

      Number 1 was historic. 2 was spectacular. And the 3rd to fly was something special. And now 4. Having 4 787s in flight test is satisfying, for sure. It means we’re doing what we said – adding airplanes to the...
    • 13 flights, 33 hours

      Just a brief update on flight test activity for the 747-8 Freighter. We’ve completed initial airworthiness testing, which as you may know means that test engineers can now be on board during future flights. This milestone also clears the way...
    • Hotel California

      Here’s the thing with new airplanes: You design ‘em, you build ‘em, you test ‘em, and then one day, they just fly away to the sunny skies of California! Seriously, though, we were very pleased to see ZA002, our 2nd...
    • Dream weaver

      In my 28 years at Boeing, I’ve met some truly remarkable people who have changed our industry. Some of them you know, such as Joe Sutter. Boeing’s Klaus Brauer. Others have spent their entire careers working behind the scenes...
    • NewGen Tanker

      Boeing announced today that we will offer what we’re calling the “NewGen Tanker” in the competition to supply the U.S. Air Force with a multi-mission aerial refueling aircraft. The NewGen Tanker is based on the 767 commercial jetliner - but...
    • Eight miles high

      I think it’s fair to say that last week was a great example of the interesting dynamics of flight testing. Yes, we had some obstacles to overcome - dealing with remote maintenance activity on ZA001. We also had some firsts...
  • February 2010

    • Second flight with a first

      I wanted to catch you up on some further flight test developments - namely, that we successfully completed the 2nd test flight of the first 747-8 Freighter earlier in the week. With Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein and Capt. Tom Imrich...
    • First flight of ZA004

      I suppose some day it will no longer be noteworthy when we have a new 787 start flying. But that hasn’t happened yet. For now, each new flight is a milestone. So, it was really great to see a 3rd...
    • ZA001 status

      The first 787 - ZA001 - returned from Moses Lake Sunday morning after landing there on Friday. Our flight test pilots had touched down at the Grant County International Airport after they experienced an uncommanded loss of thrust in one...
    • Sky blue

      The first flight of the 747-8 Freighter took place under such gorgeous weather conditions that we’ve had the opportunity to see some spectacular photography - from both the professionals and the hobbyists. I think some of the coolest photos I’ve...
    • Fantastic four

      The 4th Boeing Dreamlifter took off from Paine Field in Everett this morning. This is the 4th and final Dreamlifter of the fleet of specially modified 747-400s - designed to fly the large composite parts of the 787 from our...
    • AERO Q1 2010

      We’ve just posted online the latest issue of AERO magazine. If you’re technically-minded, it’s worth a read, with some good content around airplane maintenance economics, laser illuminations and other topics. You can click on the image above to go directly...
    • Eighth wonder

      A simply breathtaking air-to-air shot of the 747-8 Freighter and Mount Rainier during first flight on February 8....
    • I can see for miles

      I must say I’m a bit blown away by the response to the first flight of the 747-8 Freighter, but on the other hand, I’m not surprised either, since this airplane has a very special place in my heart as...
    • Up in the air

      First flight of the 747-8! The -8 Freighter took to the skies at 12:39 p.m. Seattle time on Monday, February 8, 2010. It’s all just a little bittersweet for me. Obviously, I worked hard in my previous role to sell...
    • Gonna fly now

      The first flight of the 747-8 Freighter is set for Monday, February 8, at 10 a.m. Seattle time. We completed taxi tests on Saturday, the last functional test planned before the -8 flies. We’re told that the airplane reached a...
    • I gotta feeling

      SINGAPORE - I just finished up my 2nd Singapore Air Show. What a week! Things for me got started with the ATW (Air Transport World) awards. Air New Zealand took home the big prize, “Airline of the Year, and Air...
    • Heat of the moment

      SINGAPORE - I delivered my media briefing here on Tuesday at a very hot, muggy and busy air show. A lot of the news coverage so far has focused on our outlook for the next couple of years - essentially...
    • GOL!!

      SINGAPORE - I’m at the air show and getting ready for my press briefing here. There’s a lot to talk about as always and I hope to fill you in as time permits. Meantime, Boeing reached a pretty neat milestone...
  • January 2010

    • Great gig in the sky

      I’m heading to Singapore, but before I leave for the air show, I wanted to point you to some great new material about 787 flight testing. Clearly the Dreamliner is the subject of intense interest right now. And many of...
    • Alignment

      Over the past several months I’ve been asked over and over again about the future development of the 777 and 737. It’s an understandable question in light of our new competition and the changing marketplace. Today we got some...
    • Challenges and achievements

      By now you’ve read about our 4th quarter and full year 2009 results. We’ve discussed here many times the challenges we faced over the past year. So I’m not going to tell you it was a totally successful year, from...
    • Visionary design

      LONDON - I’ve been traveling this week, first to Dublin, then here in London and on to Warsaw. And I’ve been looking over your great comments to the recent post linking to our 747-8 Design Highlights site. Thank you for...
    • Initial airworthiness

      We’ve reached our first 787 flight test milestone this week, completing what’s known as “initial airworthiness” testing. I imagine no one is happier about that than our flight test engineers. What this milestone means is a couple of things. It...
    • 747-8 interactive

      We’ve just updated our newairplane site with an information-rich package called 747-8 Design Highlights. Click on the image above to go to the 747-8 Design Highlights site. On the site you can explore a number of interactive features, such as...
    • On target

      As has been my tradition these past couple of years, I just took a look back at our post from this time last January. Here’s what I said then: I don’t think there’s any need to “sugar-coat” the outlook for...
    • New year dreams

      Welcome to 2010. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the year than with some spectacular air-to-air photos of the continuing flight testing of the 787 Dreamliner since last month’s first flight. ZA001 bathed in sunset light...
  • December 2009

    • Sleigh ride

      It may not have involved a one-horse open sleigh, but 2009 was certainly quite a ride. The ups and downs for Commercial Airplanes and our industry this past year are well-publicized. For me, personally, I’ve traveled through the hills and...
    • Three's company, four's a quad

      This falls into the category of “Just had to share this.” I hope you enjoy the photos. We just delivered 4 Next-Generation 737-900ERs to Lion Air. A unique opportunity presented itself to photograph 3 of the 4 airplanes as they...
    • In your eyes

      If you want to get a feel for the global impact of the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner you only have to take a look at some of the comments we’ve been getting to the Journal. From Johannesburg,...
    • Subsidies and the "horse race"

      It’s been some time since I’ve weighed in on the issue of European government support to Airbus, but Boeing’s position remains the same: We consider “launch aid” to be a particularly egregious subsidy that’s unique to Airbus - and one...
    • Flying high again

      At 9:09 Tuesday morning, Seattle time, a beautiful sight rose into the clouds above Paine Field. ZA002, our second flight test Dreamliner, flew for the first time. The second flight test 787 leaves the ground. ZA002 in flight, bearing the...
    • Boeing Charleston grows

      A busy year is coming to a close in characteristic fashion. Certainly lots of news this week. Boeing Acquires Alenia North America’s Interest in Global Aeronautica...
    • Journey

      I’ve had the privilege of being around for a number of first flights of new airplanes. Back in the 1980s I got to see the 757 and 767 fly for the very first time. And then we had the 777...
    • Volare

      A number of you have asked to see a photo of the Dreamliner in flight with the gear up. Here’s a great one. In addition, take a look at the highlights video (below) we’ve put together of the 787’s...
    • Fly me away

      Three hours in the air = aviation history. ZA001 flew over the east end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. 787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker and Captain Randy Neville took the 787 to 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) and an...
    • Up!

      The 787 Dreamliner is in the air! Follow the progress of first flight live online at the 787 Dreamliner First Flight Web site. We’ll post up some more photos later today....
    • This is it

      We’ve launched our Web site dedicated to providing news and updates about the 787 first flight. Click on the banner above to go to the 787 Dreamliner First Flight site. Check the site frequently for updates on timing and for...
    • Let's go

      Successful taxi tests this weekend have cleared the way for us to establish a takeoff time for the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner. Weather permitting, ZA001 will take to the air at 10 a.m. Seattle time on December 15....
    • Static and gauntlet complete

      I wanted to quickly update you on the completion of two milestones as we approach first flight of the 787 Dreamliner. We’ve just announced completion of the final functional testing, also known as final gauntlet. We’ve also completed our review...
    • Power of four

      We’ve reached another milestone on the 747-8 program - successful completion of the first engine runs. A good view of two of the four GEnx-2B engines powering the 747-8. During the engine run test, the engines are started and operated...
    • Since u been gauntlet

      Gauntlet testing of ZA001, the first 787, has started in Everett. You may remember that earlier this year, I explained that these tests simulate flying conditions and put the systems through their most robust integration testing before flight – essentially...
    • United selects Dreamliner

      First thing this morning United Airlines announced its selection for twin-aisle aircraft. Obviously it’s great news. We’ve posted this statement: Boeing Statement on United Airlines Selection of 787 Dreamliner SEATTLE, Dec. 8, 2009 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] is delighted that...
    • KAL goes Intercontinental

      I have to make a confession. I’m a little biased toward the 747-8. So it’s a bit hard to contain myself in light of the newest order for the 747-8 Intercontinental. Looking great in Korean Air livery. Korean Air, one...
    • Ahead of plan

      December promises to be another month of milestones here at Boeing. This week we reached 90% design for the 747-8 Intercontinental. The program releases the detailed designs in order to begin building parts, assemblies and tools for the 747-8I, the...
  • November 2009

    • Static test complete

      Looks to be the start of another busy week already. We’ve just completed the static test on the 787 Dreamliner. This was the test we needed to conduct to validate the side-of-body modifications we recently completed on the first two...
    • Highlights from Charleston

      Back in Seattle now, getting caught up on business after visits to Thailand and Vietnam last week. I wanted to let you know we’ve just posted some video highlights of a historic day for Boeing earlier in November. Click above...
    • Let it roll

      BANGKOK - I’m in Thailand, headed to Hanoi next, and getting set to wrap up a long couple of weeks, which included visits to Dubai and Singapore, along with media briefings here in Southeast Asia. Speaking of Dubai, a very...
    • Groundbreaking

      Boeing Breaks Ground on Second 787 Assembly Line Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, addresses employees at the groundbreaking ceremony at Boeing Charleston. An artist rendering of the second assembly line for the 787 program in North...
    • Hot, hot, hot

      DUBAI – Our days at the air show started out warm, and just got hotter in the significant heat and sunshine of the flight line. With little of the breeze we felt during the first day, the last few days...
    • Dressed to the eights

      DUBAI - The 747-8 left the paint hangar last night back home in Everett, and there’s no mistaking the name of this airplane. Check out the super-sized “8” on the tail. We’re calling this a “light” livery, and it’s special...
    • Dubai 2009

      DUBAI – After a full day at the air show I can say that this is a very different experience than Dubai 2007. Two years ago here we were at the peak of the cycle. Clearly that’s not the case...
    • Body building

      DUBAI – As things get into full swing here at the air show, we have another great update to share on progress back home at the Everett factory. Over the weekend, the 787 team completed installing the side-of-body section reinforcements...
    • Qatar 777 at the show

      DUBAI - The arrival of Qatar Airways’ brand new 777-200LR Worldliner kicked off the air show here this weekend. Qatar is “showing off” its new 777-200LR at Dubai. The airplane, just delivered last week, will be on static display and...
    • Night moves

      The first 747-8 Freighter has emerged from the factory. A “night move” to the flight line. I’m headed to the Dubai Air Show, but I just had to share the incredible photos from Thursday evening - an exciting time for...
    • Takin' care of business

      We’ve taken a big step toward first flight of the 787 Dreamliner. The 787 team finished installing the side-of-body reinforcements on Airplane 1 on Wednesday. The first 787 Dreamliner - in a paint hangar in Everett. Completion of the installation...
    • VFR

      Every once in a while, I come across a story on the Web that really “gets it” – that captures what our industry is all about. Click above to go to the Vero Venia blog. I want to share one...
    • Magic carpet ride

      We often talk about environmental progress in aviation in terms of improving fuel efficiency and developing sustainable biofuels. But there are many other initiatives going on, including one that is literally under our feet. It involves carpet tiles for airplane...
  • October 2009

    • Second line

      On Wednesday Boeing approved the choice of North Charleston, South Carolina for a second final assembly line for the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing Charleston will serve as a final assembly location, as well as supporting the testing and delivery of the...
    • Slow recovery, long-term growth

      SYDNEY - I’ve been on the “road” again in Asia and the Pacific region. I’m in Australia at the moment, where we’ve had an opportunity to talk about Boeing’s outlook for the region we call Oceania - Australia, New Zealand,...
    • Results and progress

      Any time you’re reporting a net loss for the quarter, you’re having a tough time. Clearly the bottom line about Boeing’s 3rd quarter was that our bottom line wasn’t good. You can read the full earnings news release on our...
    • Rumours

      You’ve probably seen or heard some reports over the past couple of days implying that we’ve had to get “back to the drawing board” on the 787 modifications. Don’t believe it. As 787 vice president and general manager Scott Fancher...
    • Testing 1, 2, 3

      Imagine this. Two new high profile airplanes in flight test at the same time. 9 or 10 airplanes involved. Yes, that would be a sight to see. Actually you don’t have to imagine it. We did see something similar when...
    • Going Dutch

      KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is celebrating its 90th anniversary this week. It occurs to me that Boeing and KLM got their starts at nearly the same time – and although we haven’t worked together for quite all of those 90...
    • It don't come easy

      On Tuesday Boeing announced a revised schedule for the 747-8 Freighter. At the same time we announced a $1 billion pre-tax charge resulting from production and market challenges facing the program. Unfortunately, the 747-8 has required more significant rework than...
  • September 2009

    • From Russia with love

      I had the opportunity to spend a week in Russia last month, just before and during MAKS 2009, or the Moscow Air Show. This bi-annual show featured a number of what I’d call weird and wonderful aircraft. It was a...
    • 787 "mod" underway

      Based on the comments and. questions posted to recent entries here in the Journal, it seems our side-of-body modifications to the 787 are certainly capturing your interest. So to answer one of the big questions, when will the “mod” begin,...
    • KC-7A7

      Earlier this week Boeing detailed some of the features of our offering in the U.S. Air Force tanker competition. The KC-7A7 family of tankers. As you can see in the image above, the Boeing tanker could be be 767-based or...
    • East by southeast

      MANILA – I’m still on the road in Asia where I’ve had the opportunity to present media briefings on the commercial airplanes market outlook for the Asia Pacific region - first at Asian Aerospace 2009 in Hong Kong, then in...
    • Undercover airplane

      As I mentioned the other day, we’re moving 787s into position as we get ready to start the “side-of-body” modifications. Well, now ZA002 has made its move. ZA002, the second flight-test airplane - in the livery of launch customer ANA...
    • Mod squad

      HONG KONG - I’m just wrapping up a visit here at Asian Aerospace 2009. But I also wanted to get you caught up on what’s happening in Everett. ZA004 moving out of the 40-26 building at the Everett factory last...
    • Hang on

      Four beautiful GEnx-2B engines now grace the very first 747-8 Freighter. Mechanics completed the job of hanging the engines on the new 747’s wings last Friday. With this milestone, the 747-8 is approximately 90% assembled. Most of the remaining work...
    • Leadership change

      Scott Carson is all the good things people have always said about him. He’s hard-working, he’s driven, he’s passionate about our business. He has a great sense of the history of Boeing – his father worked here before him. He...
  • August 2009

    • 787: Where we stand

      This morning Boeing outlined our revised schedule for the 787 Dreamliner. Given the progress over the summer addressing the “side-of-body” issue, we now expect a 787 first flight by the end of this year, with first deliveries starting in the...
    • I get around

      I’m back in Seattle after wrapping up an event-filled week attending MAKS 2009, better known as the Moscow Air Show. But I wanted to take a moment to reflect on an exciting week in Everett while I was away. The...
    • Big time

      The first 747-8 Freighter is now in final assembly - more than 80% assembled in fact. Looking impressive in final assembly - we can now get a complete view of the first 747-8. Last Friday we marked a big time...
    • 787 / Alenia

      We’ve gotten a number of questions and seen numerous media reports about a “stop-work” order involving one of our major 787 partners. So I wanted to clarify a few things about what you might be reading or hearing. The reports...
    • Commitment to air safety

      Although I’ve rarely written about air safety, it’s a topic that’s always at the forefront of everyone’s minds here at Boeing. Recent high-profile airplane incidents have led to some questioning about the safety of our air transportation system. I was...
    • Largest 777 operator

      With the delivery of a new 777-300ER last week, Emirates became the world’s largest operator of 777s. The delivery at Paine Field in Everett (top photo) marks Emirates’ 78th 777 overall, and the airline’s 45th -300ER. The Dubai-based carrier also...
  • July 2009

    • Ribbon in the sky

      We’ve talked here before about Boeing’s progress in meeting environmental challenges. Some of the exciting developments have been around the ASPIRE or “perfect” flights, as well as “tailored arrivals” testing going on over the past year or so. Now we...
    • Boeing Charleston

      Boeing has completed the acquisition of the business and operations conducted by Vought in South Carolina, as part of the agreement announced earlier this month. Boeing Completes Acquisition of Vought Operations in South Carolina...
    • FBJ - the movie

      Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about 747-8 final body join - now in a handy 2-minute movie. Well, maybe not everything, but it’s a great video. Take a look. The first 747-8 Freighter is looking like a complete airplane...
    • White and blue

      A couple of things to reflect upon today. First, we’ve unveiled the special new livery for some of our 787 flight test airplanes. Second, I have some thoughts about yesterday’s Boeing earnings report. The 5th flight test Dreamliner, ZA005, features...
    • 2Q 2009 results

      Boeing Reports Second-Quarter Financial Results...
    • All together now

      We’re getting our first real look at the size and scope of the 747-8 Freighter - “all together” now that we’ve reached the milestone of “final body join.” This is a big moment for the program, and the culmination of...
    • Fly me to the moon

      It’s a bit hard to believe, but Monday marks 40 years (40 years!) since we first walked on the moon. “The Eagle has landed.” That was July 20, 1969. Apollo 11 is a bit off the Commercial Airplanes topic, however...
    • Three wings

      The wings for all three 747-8 Freighter flight test airplanes are now in the final assembly bay in Everett. A unique view from the 747 factory. In the foreground is the wing and center section for the first flight test...
    • Right down the line

      Those of you who have children know what a proud moment it is when your toddler takes those first steps. That’s kind of what it was like for us Tuesday morning when the 787 Dreamliner took its first “steps” under...
    • Acquiring Vought in South Carolina

      We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries today - understandably - about our announcement this morning that Boeing is going to acquire the Vought operations in South Carolina. This is the facility where fabrication and assembly of structures, as well...
    • Final gauntlet completed

      Just before the start of the long holiday weekend here in the U.S., the 787 team completed the ‘round-the-clock final gauntlet testing on ZA001. On the evening of July 2, we wrapped up 18 hours of simulated flying on our...
    • Feels like the first time

      We’ve mentioned that testing and production is continuing on the flight test Dreamliners and other airplanes in assembly. Wednesday, on the flight line in Everett we saw (and heard) evidence of that as we completed engine runs for ZA002, the...
  • June 2009

    • Le sourire de la Joconde

      It’s been a challenging couple of weeks, as you can imagine. But I wanted to make sure - before we get too far removed from Le Bourget - to share some final sights, sounds and thoughts from the Paris Air...
    • Come together

      We’ve joined the wing to the fuselage for the first 747-8 Freighter. In the final assembly bay in Everett, our team has attached the 40-foot (12 meter) center fuselage section to the wing. This first 747-8 is now more than...
    • First flight - postponed

      By now, you’ve seen the news about the postponement of the 787 first flight due to the need to reinforce a limited area of the airplane’s structure. I can tell you that here in Renton where I work, as well...
    • Crystal blue persuasion

      LE BOURGET, FRANCE - As is the case when any new concept or innovation is introduced, getting the world on board the notion of sustainable biofuels for aviation could require some further “green” persuasion. I totally get that. But we...
    • Magnificent seven

      LE BOURGET, FRANCE - Hectic activity here at the Paris Air Show continued unabated on Wednesday. My daily calendar was filled with a variety of customer, analyst and media meetings, including an interview on Argentina television, and German and French...
    • Paths to first flight

      LE BOURGET, FRANCE - We heard from Pat Shanahan on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show. Pat is the vice president of Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He had a lot to share, including updates for the 787 Dreamliner...
    • Paris: A rainy day

      LE BOURGET, FRANCE - The first day of the Paris Air Show started very early in the morning with a downpour. And it never really completely let up. So, most of us spent our time under shelter and indoors on...
    • Sous le ciel de Paris

      LE BOURGET, FRANCE - The Air France 777 Freighter arrived here Sunday night. The airplane will be on static display just outside the Boeing chalet this week. I have to say, the landing of the 777 Freighter was a beautiful...
    • Back to the future - Part II

      LONDON - It’s hard to believe, but the movie of the above title is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. So I think it’s kind of appropriate to have a little fun with it as we get set to take...
    • Going though gauntlet

      I know there’s been great interest in all the steps leading up to the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner. So to help satisfy the craving for the latest news and images, we’ve made available a few new short videos...
    • Learning to fly

      We’ve just completed the intermediate round of gauntlet testing on the 787. It seems like we only just started and now it’s complete. This is the challenging - but also exciting – aspect of keeping up with the pace of...
    • Simply the best

      Premium passengers, executive travelers, elite mileage club members, the people who really rack up the miles – they know what they like and what they don’t like about the air travel experience. So it’s particularly gratifying that for the second...
  • May 2009

    • The gauntlet begins

      The 787 team in Everett has begun what we call the “intermediate gauntlet” on Dreamliner #1 - and testing is now underway. This means that over the next week or so, the team will really put ZA001 through its paces,...
    • New York minute

      A few weeks back I had the opportunity to sit down for a discussion and podcast with Aviation Week business editor, Madhu Unnikrishnan. Talking airplane financing with Av Week’s Madhu Unnikrishnan. Madhu and I chatted during the recent New York...
    • Born to run

      We’ve run the engines. Today marked the completion of the first engine runs on the first flight test 787 Dreamliner. Engines running: You can see waves of heat coming off the back of the engines in these photos. In the...
    • Forward motion

      The 747-8 team has finished assembly on the forward fuselage for the first -8 Freighter. In the photos we just got from the factory this week, you can see the iconic upper deck as it flies through the 40-22 bay...
    • Slow ride

      Under brilliant sunshine and blue skies, the 787 Dreamliner took a short, slow, and significant trip Saturday afternoon. The Dreamliner makes its way out of the fuel dock Saturday - in reverse! Airplane #1, or ZA001, has completed initial fueling...
    • Efficiency for long-haul

      We’ve just posted online our latest issue of AERO Magazine. The featured story really gets into the details behind our newest airplane, the 777 Freighter - its heritage, capabilities, range and capacity, design, and its ability to fit into existing...
    • Aviation night in Canada

      WINNIPEG – This city of about 700,000 people at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in the central plains of Canada is noted for many things. Winnie the Pooh for one. A departed, but sorely missed NHL hockey...
    • Dream on

      Dreamliner #1, the flight test airplane we call ZA001, is on the flight line in Everett. It’s a big step for the 787 on the road toward first flight. ZA001 moving from paint hangar to flight line - first stop,...
    • In the paint

      Some views of the 787 (Airplane #1) in the paint hangar in Everett from earlier in the week when about 25 reporters and photographers got a look at the first flight test Dreamliner....
  • April 2009

    • BSI: Seattle

      Imagine stepping onto a jetliner and knowing instantly that you’re on a Boeing airplane. I suppose a big flashing neon “BOEING” sign would accomplish that. But we prefer a more appealing sensory approach where you actually see and “feel” the...
    • Poseidon takes flight

      The P-8A Poseidon, a military derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, completed a three-and-a-half hour first flight over the weekend. I wanted to share a couple of the shots of this great looking airplane in the air. The P-8A Poseidon takes...
    • Intercontinental at 25%

      25% design release announced today for the 747-8 Intercontinental. This means a quarter of the information needed to build parts and tools for assembly has been completed. Read the full story here: 747-8 Intercontinental Passes 25 Percent Design Milestone The...
    • 1Q 2009 results

      We’ve just been through another tough quarter, not only for Boeing but for our industry. So, understandably our results are somewhat parallel to what’s happening in the global economy and its deep effects on the commercial airplane market. Boeing’s first-quarter...
    • Heard it through the grapevine

      As we get closer to the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner, clearly there’s going to be more and more focus on day-to-day, if not minute-to-minute progress. It’s the first new airplane program where we’ve seen the full effects of...
    • Flight to the future

      I had the opportunity to be in Chicago earlier in the week. And I didn’t have to go any farther than the airport to take part in a significant event not only for Boeing but for our long-time partner, American...
    • Production decisions

      We announced adjustments today that will affect production plans on some of our programs. You can read the release here: Boeing to Adjust 2010 Twin-Aisle Airplane Production Plan...
    • Middle East journey

      In my job, I’m fortunate to be able to visit far-flung regions and to meet with people from all over the world. But I’d hardly say I’ve been everywhere, and recently I had the chance to visit two key cities...
    • Facing realities

      I had the opportunity recently to spend a couple of days at the Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis last month, taking part as an instructor in a training program for Boeing executives called BEP - Boeing Executive Program. The...
  • March 2009

    • E-Enabled

      Boeing makes available technical information about our airplanes that many people aren’t aware is out there. One example we’ve talked about before is the excellent publication we call AERO. This is a quarterly that goes out to the operators of...
    • Six-pack

      I wanted to give you a brief update and share a couple of new photos from the 787 factory. They’re images of the Dreamliner that will be the 6th and final flight test airplane, designated ZA006. A couple of first...
    • Hot wings

      Winglets on a 767. I think you just have to see that to appreciate it. American Airlines just conducted the first revenue flight of a 767-300ER with Blended Winglets on March 8 – from Dallas/Fort Worth to London Heathrow. I’ve...
    • Counterparts

      Over the past couple of months, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know my new “counterpart”- Airbus head of marketing, Andy Shankland. We first met at the Airfinance conference in Dublin and then again at the Geneva...
    • Tragedy at Schiphol

      GENEVA - I happened to be in Europe this past week, participating in the Geneva Forum. So the tragedy outside Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport hit that much closer to home for me, as it has, of course, for the greater Boeing...
  • February 2009

    • Le 777 cargo

      I’m reminded that I was present at the birth, so to speak, of the 777 Freighter program. It happened in May of 2005, in Shanghai. This was the occasion of the signing of the first Air France 777F contract as...
    • Chow mein, clocks, and "hmm"

      Pop quiz. Which is the fastest-selling new commercial airplane program in history – the A350 or the 787 Dreamliner? Recently we’ve heard claims that the A350 has taken the crown. But I’m just scratching my head about that because, in...
    • First flight +40

      February 9, 1969 was cold, cloudy, and windy. In other words, a typical winter’s day in this neck of the woods. But it was also a day that changed everything. A little before lunchtime on that date, the first 747...
    • Over the hump, and other 747 news

      As became clear last week, we’ve had our share of challenges on the 747-8 program, but it’s moving ahead and things are taking shape in the factory right now. So, I thought that rather than just talking about the progress...
  • January 2009

    • Take five

      End of a busy week, and a good opportunity to take some time out for a brief update on where we stand in the 787 factory. We’ve now returned to what you might call a steady level of production with...
    • Challenging year behind us, ahead of us

      Clearly, today’s Boeing earnings report for the year-end and 4th quarter 2008 reflects the consequences of not achieving our objectives at Commercial Airplanes. While Boeing posted a profit - $2.7 billion - for the year as a whole, we’ve also...
    • $3.5 trillion economic impact

      It’s not very far into 2009 and I’m already being asked what our outlook is for the year ahead. That’s a tough one to predict in any year, and this year is going to be tougher than most. It’s hard...
    • Tough decision

      In my last blog entry I talked about the challenges that we all face in 2009. Now comes word that the U.S. is in the middle of the worst loss of jobs in more than 60 years - and as...
    • The difference a year makes

      As we all get back into the swing and we start 2009 business in earnest, I couldn’t help but go take a look in the archives to see what we posted last year at this time. Last January we were...
  • December 2008

    • The flight before Christmas

      If you’re like me, you’ve got a zillion things to get done before the holidays. So here is where I take care of all the items that have been piling up in my blog stocking – waiting to be “wrapped.”...
    • Rhapsody in blue

      I wanted to follow up on a previous discussion, and talk a bit about a successful third ASPIRE flight we had in mid-November. This time it was a United Airlines 747-400, making United the first U.S. carrier to demonstrate how...
    • The path ahead

      There’s not much more you can say in terms of just how frustrating it is to announce yet another delay. And it is deeply frustrating, once again, for the team, our partners, our suppliers, our customers, for the Boeing family....
    • At the crossroads of continents

      I was recently in Europe to present Boeing’s 20-year forecast to a very diverse range of media - the newswire services in Paris, business journalists in Frankfurt and a large group of Turkish media in Istanbul. The thing that surprised...
    • Ground game

      There’s a great television program recently produced and airing in re-broadcasts from time to time that you might want to check out. It focuses on the amazing skill of a group of Boeing employees known as the Airplane On Ground...
    • New contract

      You’ve most likely heard the positive news today. We have a new four-year contract with SPEEA-represented professional and technical employees. They ratified the contracts and announced the results last night. The agreement covers about 21,000 employees. As was the case...
  • November 2008

    • Bountiful harvest

      As we here in the U.S. get set to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the Next-Generation 737 family is celebrating two recent milestones - the 15th anniversary of the program’s launch and the 5,000th Next-Generation 737 order. Either of those two...
    • Take this broken wing

      I wanted to briefly talk the successful destructive testing over the weekend of a 787 Dreamliner composite wing box, and point you to a fascinating video of the milestone. The test is part of the certification process – but doesn’t...
    • 747-8 challenges

      The audiences I speak to around the globe, as well as readers of this blog are familiar with something we’ve said many times. Big commercial airplanes are challenging, complicated work, especially new (or major derivative) airplane programs. We’ve gotten another...
    • ASPIRE to perfection

      Last month I promised to return to talking a bit more about my recent trip to Asia, Australia and New Zealand. During those visits, something that always seemed to come up was the environment, and questions about what the aviation...
    • President-elect

      This was the first U.S. presidential election since we started blogging. So as we mark Tuesday night’s election results which will usher in a new administration in January, I wanted to share with you a couple of items to whet...
    • Future of freight

      KUALA LUMPUR – In Malaysia at the moment, attending the 24th International Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition, where we’ve just released Boeing’s World Air Cargo Forecast for 2008/2009. I think you’ll find it of interest in light of the current...
    • Back to work

      Over the weekend Boeing machinists ratified a new four-year contract. They started coming back to work last night, and will continue to return to factories and other facilities over the next week. As Scott Carson said after the vote, “we’re...
  • October 2008

    • Tentative agreement

      We got the word last night that we’ve reached a tentative agreement with the IAM. It’s a hopeful sign that we may soon get back to the work of delivering on the more than 3,700 airplanes in our backlog, and...
    • Tough quarter

      In my most recent weeks of travel and meeting with reporters and with customers, the questions I most often heard had to do with the impacts of both the ongoing machinists strike at Boeing and the current economic situation. Our...
    • Down Under in Australia and New Zealand

      I mentioned earlier that I was headed to Australia and New Zealand to brief airline customers, news media, banks, industry and financial analysts and government agencies on Boeing’s commercial market outlook for both the near-term and 20 years out. Those...
    • The Next-Generation

      In the midst of everything else that’s going on, I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to show you some photos from a great event a few weeks ago with a great Boeing customer. Alaska Airlines has completed a...
    • One down, two to go

      The 787 program reached a milestone last Saturday, successfully completing the high-blow test on the 787 static test vehicle in our Everett factory. This test is one of three static tests on a full airframe that must be cleared prior...
  • September 2008

    • Details, details

      As I head off on my annual trip to Australia and New Zealand (with stops in Japan and Korea, too), I wanted to steer you toward some great new industry info that’s just available. Many of you know that we...
    • Can you hear me now?

      A little over a year ago I asked a simple question: How quiet do you want it to be on the airplane the next time you fly? Spending some “quiet” time visiting the A380 flight deck at Farnborough in July....
    • Who wins?

      What comes to mind right now is what my predecessor wrote in this blog three years ago. At times like this, we greatly disappoint our customers. Boeing’s Everett factory - one of the facilities affected by the work stoppage. While...
    • No agreement reached

      The mediated talks with the IAM have ended without reaching agreement. Boeing has issued this statement: “Over the past two days, Boeing, the union and the federal mediator worked hard in pursuing good-faith explorations of options that could lead to...
    • Mediation

      Boeing has issued a statement today from Doug Kight, vice president of Human Resources, about Wednesday’s contract vote with the IAM. We offered employees the best package of pay and benefits in the aerospace industry. We are disappointed with the...
  • August 2008

    • BAFO

      This morning Boeing submitted our Best and Final Offer (BAFO) to the IAM. The new offer includes an increased pay package, an industry-leading retirement plan, and improved health care and insurance plans. As I mentioned in the previous post, you...
    • 2nd offer

      I’m sure many of you are watching with great interest the negotiations going on this week between Boeing and the IAM union. We have a 2008 labor negotiations site where you can keep up with the latest. This afternoon Boeing...
    • Newairplane, new focus

      Last week I mentioned being away enjoying some time off, so I thought I’d share a couple of photos. The first one is yours truly jumping in for a swim - my personal version of “wheels up, wheels down.” I...
    • Wheels up, wheels down

      While I was lakeside in Montana last week, the 787 program really got “geared up.” In the final assembly facility in Everett they began the process of testing the landing gear on Airplane #1. These gear swing tests replicate the...
    • Big new jet airliner

      Late last month, I had the pleasure of visiting Japan on my last business trip of the summer season. In Tokyo, I briefed a packed room of more than 20 journalists. We discussed the future of big airplanes in Asia,...
    • (pod) Casting for new leaders

      It’s not often you get a personal insight into what it means to be a leader inside Boeing. So I want to share with you a podcast hosted earlier this year by my Commercial Airplanes colleague Sandy Postel, on behalf...
  • July 2008

    • First half

      As you’ve probably heard or read today, Boeing announced its second-quarter 2008 financial results today. Clearly we had some challenges last quarter, and that’s reflected in our results. On the defense side we had the previously announced charge for the...
    • Lucky man

      FARNBOROUGH – Well, despite the lyrics to the song I alluded to earlier in the week, I guess the show does eventually have to end, and we’re at the end of a very eventful week here at this biennial event....
    • Lean and green

      FARNBOROUGH – Some people are saying that the show has seemed leaner this year – as in, smaller crowds, less excitement. Well, I don’t know what show they’re at, because there’s lots going on, and I’ve been running nonstop since...
    • A busy day on two shores

      FARNBOROUGH - Just a quick note from the air show to point you to a highlight or two from our first day here. And back in Seattle, a milestone flight for the 777 Freighter. The 777 Freighter lands at Paine...
    • Welcome back my friends

      FARNBOROUGH - Here we are again. Can’t believe it’s already been more than a year since my first major air show as marketing V.P., last year in Paris. I found that experience to be exhilarating, exciting, and exhausting beyond all...
    • Traffic and whether

      LONDON – Call it an understatement, or call it an overstatement, but we do seem to be in unprecedented times right now. The airlines are under pressure as we’re facing a weakening worldwide economy, surging oil prices, and slowing traffic...
  • June 2008

    • To market

      We’re heading into July – and that means it won’t be long before Farnborough Air Show time. That also means my marketing colleagues and I are busy formulating Boeing’s 2008 Current Market Outlook (CMO). For us at Commercial Airplanes, the...
    • The power of 1

      As promised, we’ve launched a dedicated Web site that we think captures just what 787 Power On is all about. You’ll get to see the actual tests, as well as interviews with experts, and executive commentary. This is an interactive...
    • Hour of power

      Just last week we reported that we’d taken the first steps toward “power on” for the first 787 Dreamliner. Today I can tell you that we’ve successfully completed this very significant milestone – a major accomplishment for the entire 787...
    • Tanker protest upheld

      We just found out that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found in Boeing’s favor on a number of issues related to our protest of the U.S. Air Force’s award of the $35 billion aerial refueling tanker contract. In response...
    • "Power on" begins

      Yesterday, we got word that we’ve taken the first steps towards providing power to the first 787 Dreamliner in the Everett factory. “Power On” is a milestone accomplished on all new airplanes. But this one is especially important because the...
    • Three of four

      We’ve had another first flight. This time it was a brand new Dreamlifter, the third of four planned Dreamlifters. The new airplane received FAA certification about a week ago after a successful flight in Taiwan. Dreamlifter 3 – taking off...
    • Challenging times

      I’m back at the blogging desk after a brief absence. Family and civic responsibilities have been keeping me busy. This past week I was serving on jury duty. Never did get to serve on an actual trial, though. But my...
  • May 2008

    • Sights and sounds

      We opened up the 787 factory to the world’s media on Monday. It was a great event, and I wanted to share a couple of photos we took during the factory tour. The 787 factory in Everett, in full swing...
    • One year, one million

      I know it’s a cliché, but man did this past year go fast. Last year this time I was just moving into a new office, learning some new ropes, and also blogging for the first time. But a year -...
    • The conversation

      In the past, some people might have seen labor negotiations as a difficult, but necessary task to get through. But in 2008 we’re taking the view that the conversation getting underway today represents a tremendous opportunity. As Boeing begins negotiating...
    • Single aisle redux

      HONG KONG - I’ve been on the road again this week, first in Thailand, and now in Hong Kong for a speech at the Royal Aeronautical Society and to meet with some reporters. Typically, in my travels, one of the...
    • ZA003

      This week we loaded the newest 787 Dreamliner into position in the Everett factory, and I wanted to share a couple of pretty amazing photos with you. The newest Dreamliner – designated ZA003 – in first position in the 787...
  • April 2008

    • Poseidon adventure

      The start of final assembly is always a significant milestone. But in this case it’s a historic adventure as well. Boeing Renton employees received the first fuselage from Spirit AeroSystems earlier this month, and final assembly is underway on the...
    • Growth and guidance

      The Boeing Company shared some strong financial results today, and projected some solid growth to come. You can read through a lot of the details in our first quarter earnings release. But I wanted to briefly touch upon some of...
    • Joining forces

      Reducing the impact of aviation on the environment isn’t just a Boeing or an Airbus “thing.” It’s of importance to the entire world. So a working-together initiative just signed by both companies in Geneva is a great step in increasing...
    • Siga o Mestre

      I mentioned a couple of weeks back how I had the opportunity to appear on the Brazilian television channel TV Ideal. Click on the image to watch the video clip. Since I had to endure the makeup process for this...
    • Program update

      We’ve updated our plans for the 787 Dreamliner’s first flight and deliveries. Here’s the news release: Boeing Revises 787 First Flight and Delivery Plans. Obviously there’s been a lot of anticipation in the aviation and financial communities surrounding this announcement....
    • Inside the 787

      Now that I’m back from a great trip to South America, I wanted to share with you a short (1:30) video clip that I used in my presentations at the FIDAE air show and earlier during my visit to Brazil....
    • Fuel cell flight

      Have you had a chance to check out this story today about the first-ever flight of a manned airplane powered by hydrogen fuel cells? You can also read more about it here, and view a video of the flight. This...
  • March 2008

    • Southern latitudes

      SANTIAGO – I’m in Chile this week for the FIDAE air show. It’s been a few years since my last visit here, so it’s great to be back and meeting with some old friends. A spectacular view of Santiago. Over...
    • Best aircraft types

      As you may know, the 747 was the focus of my previous role here at Boeing. So I know it’s a pretty special airplane. And now the readers of Global Traveler have cast their votes in favor of the Queen...
    • 787 process

      I attended the JPMorgan Aviation and Transportation Conference in New York over the past couple of days. You can watch the Webcasts of some of the presentations, including mine, at the J.P. Morgan conference site. And as many of you...
    • Tanker blog

      My colleagues at Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) have launched a new blog, and I think it might be worth your while to check it out. A depiction of the Boeing aerial refueling tanker in action. Tanker Facts is a...
    • Growth and consolidation

      With all the continued talk of mergers both in Europe and in the United States, the average observer might think a dramatic consolidation is taking place in our industry. In fact at the recent Geneva Forum on Aircraft Finance and...
    • Protest filed

      Just a brief note to update you - with today’s release: Boeing Protests U.S. Air Force Tanker Contract Award...
    • Tanker decision

      This evening Boeing announced it has decided to file a formal protest of the Air Force aerial refueling tankers contract award. Boeing chairman, president, and chief executive officer Jim McNerney said today, the team has taken a very close look...
    • Take it to the limit

      We’ve had an overwhelming response and a good conversation going on in the comments to the Tanker posts, and we will be following that issue as we go forward. But I wanted to take a moment catch up on some...
    • Tanker debrief

      Over the past several days, the Air Force tanker announcement has generated more commenting here than any subject since I started blogging. A lot of well thought-out and spirited comments. One of the reasons I enjoy my job is that...
  • February 2008

    • Tanker announcement

      We found out this afternoon that Boeing’s KC-767 Advanced Tanker proposal was not selected by the U.S. Air Force. Here’s the Boeing Company statement: Obviously we are very disappointed with this outcome. We believe that we offered the Air Force...
    • "First flight"

      Our 787 chief pilot Mike Carriker, and our 787 systems director Mike Sinnett had an awesome experience earlier this month. They “flew” the Dreamliner with the “Blockpoint 8” software for the first time - in a successful test of the...
    • Extra, extra

      SINGAPORE — I’m here for the big air show this week, and I know there’s going to be a lot on people’s minds not only here at Singapore, but as I travel throughout the year. No doubt one of the...
    • Airplane 4, position 1

      I wanted to share with you a new photo from the 787 factory, as final assembly gets underway on the Dreamliner that will be our second flight test airplane. Our team in Everett is joining together the fuselage sections and...
    • Level field

      This is a crucial year for our industry in many ways. For one thing, there’s a head-to-head competition going between Boeing and EADS/Airbus to provide the U.S. Air Force with its next generation of aerial tankers. Much has been said...
    • Chinese Lunar New Year greetings

      The Year of the Rat (or Mouse) is upon us. We’ve put together a brief video to help celebrate along with people around the world. Click on the image to go to the video. And when you’re on the video...
    • Apples and oranges

      Last month I talked a bit about the industry-record 1,413 net orders for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 2007. And you may have noticed that Boeing reported our 2007 results in net orders (while also indicating gross). That’s key because net...
  • January 2008

    • Earnings

      Boeing posted record earnings, revenues, and backlog in 2007. You can check out the results for 4Q and full-year 2007 in our news release (PDF)....
    • Northern exposure

      STOCKHOLM - I’m in the middle of a two-week tour of European cities, and just wrapped up a visit to Sweden. Enjoyed some beautiful sunshine, although this time of year the sun barely gets above the horizon all day! Blue...
    • Getting it right

      I haven’t blogged specifically on the subject of aviation safety – and neither had the “other” Randy. That probably says as much as anything about the high level of safety in our global air transportation system. But there is definitely...
    • Dreamliners over Bahrain

      Over the weekend Boeing finalized an order with Bahrain’s national carrier for up to 24 787 Dreamliners. Not only is the order great news, but Boeing released a cool new image to go along with it. A new Gulf Air...
    • Orders and commitments

      Clearly there were two big stories in aviation today, the announcement of Airbus’ 2007 results, and Boeing’s announcement of 787 delays. About the 2007 orders story, as you’ve probably read by now, Airbus had 1,341 net orders last year, compared...
    • Amazing race

      This is one of those events that falls under the category of “don’t try this at home.” Check out the story....
    • Great year, new year

      Happy 2008! It’s great to be back in the office. And I’m looking forward to a very busy year. We’ve compiled our BCA year-end orders for 2007, and as expected it was a record-breaker in many ways. With 1,413 net...
  • December 2007

    • Stocking stuffers

      As we enter the Boeing year-end break, I won’t be posting again to the blog until after the holidays. We’ll have a lot to talk about then, including how we did in commercial airplanes sales and deliveries in 2007. It’s...
    • New Year's resolution

      This is the time of year when many of us resolve to improve ourselves in some way in the future — lose weight, kick a habit, maybe establish a more fuel efficient fleet, etc. Well, that last resolution is more...
    • Record setting

      We’ve just updated our orders and deliveries Web page. I know we’ve said this before, but at the beginning of the year, no one could have predicted the sustained strength of this airplane orders cycle. Boeing’s commercial airplanes orders are...
    • First of many

      A few days ago I was talking about the remarkable 777 which, with well over 1,000 orders, is the best-selling twin-engine widebody in the world. I neglected to mention a couple of other significant points. With 125 orders in 2007...
  • November 2007

    • 3 for 3

      As many of us here in the U.S. got ready for the Thanksgiving holiday last week, it was rather remarkable to watch as Boeing’s updated orders and deliveries Website rolled past the 1,000 orders mark for the third time in...
    • Planes, trains, automobiles

      Can’t speak to train and automobile travel too much, but I did come across a great resource that’s especially timely as a lot of people across the U.S. get ready to board airplanes for holiday travel this week and for...
    • Alaska wings it

      You hear so much about the environment and the things we all can do to conserve energy and resources, but sometimes you forget that you can do big things in a lot of little ways. That’s why I want to...
    • Midday at the oasis

      DUBAI - It’s been a big and busy week here at the air show. I delivered Boeing’s market outlook for the Middle East region – 1,160 new airplanes, more than half of which will be widebodies – and I got...
    • Travel, in a "flash"

      One of the points I like to make in my presentations is about the value of direct flights. As I travel to different regions, for each of my presentations I’ve developed a nifty little animation piece that helps bring home...
  • October 2007

    • New China pattern

      A few weeks back I started a discussion about the hot airplanes market in China. I wanted to return to the subject again, because there’s so much more to the story than just the market forecast. When I first started...
    • 3Q 2007

      The Boeing Company released our results for the third quarter today. On a number of levels it was an outstanding quarter. And I think that our well-publicized challenges ought to be viewed in the context of the big overall picture....
    • "Launch aid"

      The notion of government subsides for the major airplane manufacturers is at the heart of a debate that’s now before the World Trade Organization (WTO). When it comes to “launch aid,” does everyone do it? No, everyone does not do...
    • Big delivery

      SEOUL – I’m in Korea for the Seoul Air Show. But at the moment a lot of eyes are watching the developments elsewhere – the delivery of the first A380 to Singapore Airlines. No doubt, the first delivery for a...
    • A change of flight plan

      AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - Clearly, as our company’s top executives expressed this week, the 787 schedule change is disappointing for all of us at Boeing. The 787 rightly has generated so much excitement inside and outside Boeing that even a...
    • Final frontier

      SYDNEY - Space may be the final frontier. But in this case I’m talking about space inside an airplane cabin. What traveler hasn’t wished that economy seating could incorporate more of the space and comfort features of business and first...
    • Bringing techie back

      I started my career with Boeing on the technical side, and I guess when that’s in your blood, you never quite lose that interest in the nuts and bolts of our business. So it’s a good thing that we brought...
    • Flying high .. on the hog

      I’m not one to typically “ham” it up, but I didn’t want the summer to go by without at least mentioning something neat that’s been going on in Seattle for the past several months. This little piggy went to market,...
  • September 2007

    • FAQ on BBJ & VIP

      A big conference going on in Atlanta this week focuses on a more glamorous, but at the same time lesser known, area of our industry. That’s the VIP or business jet category. In my last job I was able to...
    • Forecast: Hot

      BEIJING – Since my last trip to China, some things have changed, and some haven’t. The Sichuan dishes are just as spicy – and as good - as I remember them. No change there. But the Beijing skyline is boasting...
    • Testing, testing

      The 787 Dreamliner program has completed the third of three large-scale structural tests - to determine whether the actual airframe performs in a simulated “crash landing” condition the same way as software modeling predicts. Much of the results are in...
    • Delta dawns

      Doing a blog is challenging – all the more so in the consumer-focused world of the airline industry. So my hat is off to Delta Air Lines. They just started a blog called Under the Wing. Delta launched the blog...
    • Wake up call

      Like many of you, I woke up a bit earlier than usual yesterday. It was a big day at the house - the first day of the school year. So my normal routine got a bit changed - I managed...
  • August 2007

    • 7/8/07

      No doubt a lot of people enjoyed the excitement of the Dreamliner Premiere and the great coincidence of the date 7/8/07, for the July 8 rollout of the first airplane. But did you know there was another milestone marked by...
    • Top of its game

      A lot of the attention in the widebody market has been on the record-setting pace of orders for the 787 Dreamliner. That’s to be expected. But quietly, the 777 has just reached its own record milestone – achieving 1,000 orders...
    • It's a wrap

      Talk about “building” momentum. Korean Air has taken the Dreamliner Premiere to new heights. They’ve wrapped their entire headquarters building in Seoul with a giant image of a 787 taking off – in Korean Air blue – along with the...
    • 100 days

      It’s been a little over a hundred days now since I’ve been the “Randy” in Randy’s Journal. And borrowing a page from American political tradition, I thought it would be “prudent” (with apologies to Dana Carvey) to look at where...
    • Life begins @ 40

      The thing about airplane manufacturing is, it’s constantly evolving and improving with technology. Clearly, the revolutionary 787 Dreamliner, and the evolutionary 747-8 are already carrying on the story into the 21st Century. But as we look ahead, I also want...
    • Sound of silence

      How quiet do you want it to be on the airplane next time you fly? Sounds like a rhetorical question, but it’s not as simple as it seems. When we develop an airplane like the 787 – or any airplane...
    • 7,000

      It’s a nice round number, and looks pretty darn good from overhead, especially when several hundred Boeing employees are actually forming the numerals. We just reached an amazing milestone – the 7,000th Boeing 737 order. And to mark the occasion...
    • State of the industry

      One of the questions that came up on the Boeing Company earnings teleconference with investors and reporters last week had to do with where we are in terms of the “cycle.” I think my predecessor, Randy Baseler, did a good...
  • July 2007

    • Halfway mark

      Boeing has announced its second quarter 2007 performance results. And the report shows continued strong growth. For Commercial Airplanes, our backlog grew to a record $208 billion in Q2. We received 360 gross orders and delivered 114 airplanes in the...
    • Wildest dreams

      It’s been a blur of activity beginning about six weeks ago with the run-up to Paris, and continuing through some travel in Asia, and of course the Dreamliner Premiere weekend. But while it’s still all fresh in the mind I...
    • "Rock star"

    • In the wings

      The first 787 Dreamliner is now ready, and waiting in the wings, just hours away from its Premiere on the world stage. I have to say it’s hard to believe we are finally at this moment. Hundreds of media from...
    • On a "roll"

      We’re just a couple of days away from what promises to be one of the biggest corporate rollout events anyone has ever seen. I’ll be there in Everett on Sunday when the 787 Dreamliner makes its Premiere. And I hope...
  • June 2007

    • Seven heaven

      This coming week is going to be exceptional for more than just the obvious reason. As part of the 787 “rollout” on July 8, starting today we’re releasing one video a day, leading up to the big event. It’s something...
    • Dream event

      The July 8 rollout - or “Premiere” - of the new 787 Dreamliner is a little over a week away. And it has generated such worldwide interest, that Boeing is going to make the event available to viewers around the...
    • Airshow!

      LE BOURGET - Air shows are a blur of nonstop activity. Seems I’ve tackled questions on everything from, “What’s the wake vortex on a 747?” to “How do you fly an elephant from Anchorage to Tampa?” It’s to the point...
    • If it's Wednesday ..

      LE BOURGET – You ought to know that the people who manage my schedule have kept me pretty busy this week. Some might say, “If it’s Wednesday, I must be in Paris.” But at this point I say, if this...
    • Lundi, Lundi

      LE BOURGET – A guy by the name of Charles Lindbergh landed here 80 years ago after the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic. It’s truly a place of aviation history. Paris has hosted air shows virtually since the...
    • The long run

      PARIS - Although I’m not a big fan of the group, I do remember that the Eagles had a hit single and album called “The Long Run.” And that’s the kind of phrase that comes to mind at air show...
    • Back to the future

      LONDON – I just wrapped up a meeting with a group of journalists here in the U.K., as well as conducting an international media teleconference. It’s part of activity around the release of the new Boeing commercial airplanes market outlook....
    • The heat is on

      It’s been a busy June already, and it’s only just begun. This time of year - air show time - is always a little frantic. As I continue to get up to speed on the new job, I’m also preparing...
  • May 2007

    • Conference call

      I was in Chicago last week for an opportunity to talk with a vital audience about how Boeing views the commercial aviation market over the next 20 years - and about how we’re addressing that market. Close to 200 representatives...
    • Arrivals

      The 787 factory is officially open for business. And it’s time to start assembling the first 787 Dreamliners. I have to say there’s no experience quite like watching a new airplane come together. I’ve been with Boeing for more than...
    • KC-767

      Last month Boeing submitted to the U.S. Air Force our proposal for the KC-767 Advanced Tanker. It’s a big milestone, and a big step in a process that has gotten a lot of attention. Our entry in this competition is...
    • The replacements

      Something I talked a lot about in my previous role as Customers Leader for the 747-8 program was the replacement cycle for passenger airplanes in the 400-500 seat category. And since earlier here in the blog we talked about the...
    • Hello, hello

      I think Randy Baseler had it exactly right. Magical Mystery Tour it is. In so many ways. As I find myself stepping into some big shoes, this tour is just beginning for me. And it’s certainly an odd thing to...
 

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