I know we’ve said it a lot over the past several months, but we reached a milestone today that really drives home the point that the 787 Dreamliner is the most successful program launch in commercial aviation history.
A follow-on order from Japan Airlines (JAL) has pushed the program over 500 orders. It’s just never been done before in a new program at this point in its history.
You can see how the Dreamliner stacks up compared to other airplane launches at this same point in their programs.
Reaching 500+ orders in less than three years, before the Dreamliner even takes flight, and more than a year before the first deliveries – it really says something that so many customers have endorsed this breakthrough product with so many orders.
As BCA’s president and CEO Scott Carson said today, the success of the 787 is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. And we’re just three months away now from seeing the first Dreamliner assembled.
You may have read the news that we’re rolling out the first 787 in a celebration in Everett on July 8 – or 7/8/07, as we write our dates here in the U.S. It’s going to be huge – and we’re planning on giving people all around the world a chance to join in. We’ll let you know how, as we get closer.
The Dreamliner: 43 customers, 514 orders from around the globe.
JAL’s order today is for five additional 787-8s – for a total of 35 Dreamliners on order for them. Several other unidentified customers have also booked firm orders for Dreamliners in the past several days, bringing us to the 514 firm orders from 43 customers so far.
Clearly, we made the right choice in developing the 787. And airlines around the world are making a great choice for the environment, for their fleets, their bottom line, and for the way people want to travel – point to point, and nonstop.