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 above 1,100 for the first time. In fact, at 1,144 so far, we now stand at exactly 100 orders more than last year’s net total – which was 1,044.

Not only are we setting a record for overall orders, but with more than 300 orders in 2007, the 787 Dreamliner program continues to see unprecedented market demand, and will set a program record again this year for orders.

Of course, our job is about a lot more than orders, and we are as committed as ever to executing and delivering on our promises to our customers.

I have to say, though, the numbers are just astounding.

Comments (17)

G (France):


Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Good. Both companies race past 1,100 as if it were done every year. Astonishing!

Leonard L. Bird (Everett, WA):

I am a first line manager for the Supply Chain for the 787 Program. I cannot say enough how proud I am of our 2nd Shift Team of MPRF's & SCA's. We look at our Mechanics as our customer and the faster we can get them the parts they need the faster we can get our beautiful bird (787) in the air.

We have a great VP in charge of the 787 Program and with Excellent Communication and a Great Attitude, there is nothing Boeing Can't do. WE WILL DELIVER and we have THE 787 Group to do it. WE WILL "GETR DONE"!

So, HANG ON you're in for a wild ride.........

Darrell J. (Everett):

3 record years in a row is amazing. What's also amazing is our inability to predict it.

At the end of 2005, sales management said 2006 would be good, but not as big as 2005. But sales increased. Then they said this level of sales couldn't possibly be sustained in 2007, but we broke another record.

Another point: Comparing the sales per month with how many airplanes we deliver every month, and there's a huge mis-match.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

I love the strong market for jetliners, as the airline fleets expand in new markets and mature markets need new planes. Congrats to Airbus for getting that A350 right even though they changed the
design almost as soon as Boeing came up with the current 787 airframe, but a hardy congrats to Boeing
for having a vision on the 787 and the 777.

Congrats for 1,144 jets!

Kirk G Scherz (Tukwila, Washington):

Congratulations to ALL Boeing Commercial Airplanes employees! Thank you for your contributions to the continued success of our team.

Danny R. Walker (Bonney Lake, WA, USA):

Simply amazing.

THREE-PEAT. 3 years in a row over 1,000 firm orders.
I am surprised at the remarkable achievement.
I am looking forward to 4 consecutive years when 2008 is in the books.

Thanks goes to the airlines and leasing companies of the world.

Ron (San Francisco, CA, USA):

As the hangman said, it's all about effective execution.
The numbers may be daunting, but it can all be captured in a simple but incredibly powerful phrase- Promises Made, Promises Kept. Results to plan will determine the heroes and victors in this truly global theatre.

There is NO place for complacency.

Les Greene (El Segundo, CA):

Great! Now we just have to deliver...

Ted Cook (Mt. Vernon, WA):

Good for Boeing. Out of total widebodies sold over the last 3 years, how many were purchased by airlines from the USA? Makes me wonder what the future of long haul travel will look like.

Jay Miller (Bellevue, WA USA):

Sales success for commercial airplanes is exciting for us all. I love to see announcements of new sales. I love seeing the records shattered. I even enjoy seeing Airbus having similar results - its all exciting.

But the business school text books all have stories of too much success. And I'm scared. What can happen? I don't know. We have enough back orders to last for years, so even if sales drop off.... Yeah, well, I'm still scared. Surely half of these start-up airlines that are buying new planes will not make it in the long run. What will happen with those new airplanes owned by dead companies when the living companies all have their own new airplanes?

If all of these airplanes that are being ordered fly every day, where will they land? Where will they get their fuel? What will happen to the price of all oil-based products?
I'm very proud of Boeing for developing the 787. I think its incredibly wonderful to be part of this. It reminds me of when I moved to a new job in a new state, bought my first real house, bought a rental house, bought and started learning a new computer. I was off balance for 3 years with my head swimming.

Boeing has a new airplane, made of different materials, made in a different way, brought together in a different way. And the point is???? It is my great hope that experts exist and that Boeing employs them to keep us somehow moderated and controlled. I firmly believe "the bottom will fall out"; I just don't have a clue how or when. I hope the experts are making good forecasts and developing contingency plans.

Doug (Renton, wa. USA):

I say congrats to all those hard working Boeing people at all levels that made this happen. You stood up, faced the challenges of a new airplane program, and should be very proud of your commitment, accomplishments and lifting the company to new levels.

The journey continues, where is our next big win?

Chris C (South Africa):

How privileged we all are to witness these times of such a dynamic and exciting commercial airplane industry! Congratulations Boeing on a sterling job so far on posting this phenomenal amount of orders, and with the year nowhere near over yet, these truly are exciting times for Boeing.

Matt (Long Beach, CA USA):

Congrats to the entire BCA team. Although this is great news for Boeing and our suppliers, it is also "crunch time". With a record backlog and several new airplane programs in progress requiring significant resources, we must maintain our focus to execute and deliver on our promises. Then our worldwide customers will really see how successful Boeing and our global partners can be and what great products we can produce.

Doug Skordas (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA):

This is great news!
But as was said: "...our job is about a lot more than orders,...", the task at hand is now to deliver the quality aircraft we've sold...and look for more sales!

Chris Gibson (Australia):

It seems strange that Airbus is once again claiming a victory in the annual sales race by listing sales of a product that is still on the drawing board and may or may not ever fly. . At least Boeing sales are for an established product . Surely the annual deliveries are what counts and while for the current period Airbus is slightly in front it will be Boeing's turn for the next few years.. Good luck with the 787 we are all waiting to see this magnificent bird take flight in the coming weeks.

James Baloun (Palo Alto, California):

Off Topic (Future Topic)

Many are wondering how Boeing will address numbering future airframe families as the venerable 7-series approaches the last; the 797. Boeing may be wondering as well. However a precedent has already been set and by none other than Boeing itself. The development of the Boeing SST in the late 1960s introduced the number 2707 and implies a whole new number series which, as we enter the third millennium is all the more appropriate. So maybe the replacement for the 737 could be the 2737 and the replacement for the 777 could some day be the 2777 and so on with the 2747. Maybe with the advent of new technology we may someday have a vertical takeoff 2757, a Single-Stage-to-Orbit 2767, or an X-wing (rotor) 2717?

On a side note, to some who may be critical that the Boeing SST or the Sonic Cruiser did not go into production, the future is wide open and who knows what new technology will bring?

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