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 here at Farnborough, it capped an incredibly successful week—and helped us make history in the process.
737 MAX in United livery.
United’s order pushed the total orders for the world’s most popular airplane to more than 10,000—a milestone that every employee in Renton, past and present, can take pride in. I was privileged to take part in a photo shoot a few weeks ago outside our Renton factory as 737 employees formed a giant 10,000 in the parking lot. While no one knew exactly which airline would bring us to this milestone at the time, we’re thrilled that United can celebrate the moment with us. (Photos and video of employee event below).
Where’s Waldo? See if you can spot me in the photo.
Over the past week, customers have announced orders and commitments for 396 Boeing airplanes, valued at more than $37 billion. Our net orders for the year now stand at 691. Yes, the beat goes on.
While we’ve been successful this week, it’s still only one week out of 52. Our focus continues to be on ensuring that our production rate increases go smoothly, that we make the right decisions at the right time on product development, and making sure that we offer the best airplanes in the market. It’s exciting to see the great progress we’ve made on the 737 MAX when it comes to range and takeoff weight—and even more exciting to see the market respond to the airplane.
As I get ready to head back home from two weeks here in the U.K., I wanted to reflect on what this air show means to Boeing—and me personally. It’s still all about connecting with our customers and suppliers—and showcasing our products. Our thanks to Korean Air for bringing their beautiful 737 with the Boeing Sky Interior. And of course, thanks to the star attraction—the 787 for Qatar Airways. (Photos and video of flying display below).
The 787 in Qatar Airways livery departs from Farnborough.
Cheers to everyone at Farnborough for being a great host. See you back here in two years!