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 bit.

Our new president and CEO Ray Conner said it best today: “We are absolutely committed to the 777X.” He said the same thing at the Farnborough Airshow—and also made it clear that he feels the same way about the 787-10X.

Let’s talk about where things stand right now with both airplanes. We’re engaging our customers to make sure we understand their specific needs while continuing to invest both the time and the resources to make sure we bring the absolute best products to the market. The plan is to have the airplanes enter the market late this decade. When we’re confident with all the factors, we’ll act. As Ray said “my position is that when we are ready, we will go.”

In my travels across the world to meet with customers, stakeholders and media, I know there’s a huge interest in our future products. And our dedication to bring those products to the market remains just as strong today as it did before the newspaper headlines. Ray’s full message to Boeing employees is below.

While the Seattle Times reported this morning that we have slowed down the development process for the 777X, our timing on a decision to offer that airplane has not changed. We are absolutely committed to the 777X and continue to invest the necessary time and resources to ensure we produce a superior airplane for our customers. That’s what they expect of us.

The 787-10X product development effort continues as well. As with the 777X, we want to make sure that we respond to our customers’ business needs and that we develop a plan that is well defined and leads to success.

Boeing teams are working the many variables of a complex, integrated product development process, and we continue to work with a number of customers on their unique requirements. To that end, we’ve held formal and informal meetings with customers designed to facilitate a two-way conversation about our plans for these products. These are robust conversations which have always been part of what we do to create the best products and services for our customers.

As we’ve consistently said, when we are satisfied with the risks, costs and schedule, as well as many other important factors, we intend to present a plan for offering these wide-body airplanes to customers. The airplanes would enter the market late this decade. My position is that when we are ready, we will go.

All of these efforts are tied to a clear objective to execute on existing programs, which will enable us to invest in our future. These two concepts are tightly linked - we must execute today to be successful tomorrow. Our future depends on it.

What’s most important here is that we are aligned as one team working toward a common goal. Your hard work, commitment and enthusiasm are critical to getting us where we need to go. Thank you for everything you do to contribute to our success and our customers’ success.

Ray

Comments (9)

jamil boeing nigeri:

Another day, another chance to make it right. Go boeing! Go boeing ! Go

rsal (CA):

Hello Mr. Randy,
Thank you very much for your clarification related with B777x future.
Just a question, I wonder why Boeing does not consider making more effort to clear their B787 from KPAE field. I think it is very strange to see while more and more B787 are coming out from your plant (current rate 3 to 3.5/ month), the delivery rate was only 1 during July & 2 so far during August. I am sure something wrong is there.

Jozsef Meszaros (Gyomro, Hungary):

The Boeing Company uses cutting-edge engine technologies (from the 737 MAX over the 787 over the 747-8) such as advanced wing-designs (for example the super-winglets of the 737 MAX)...

I wonder if the 777X couldn't be enhanced by canards? Canards are not only meant for supersonic jets and they could be introduced to commercial aviation on the 777X... Of course, the well proved airframe of the B777 shouldn't be modified seriously, I am only thinking of modest lifting canards...

leopardrone99 (LA,CA):

GOOD LUCK TO BOEING!I BELIEVE YOU CAN MAKE THE MOST WONDERFUL AIRCRAFT TO SATISFY THE VARIOUS CUSTOMERS IN THE WORLD!

Andrew Boydston (Boise,ID USA):

My own reaction is what a tease The Seattle Times make on the 777x innuendo. I see Boeing carefully considering the Market, Customers and Development. It does no good to launch the 777X until certainties are hammered out.

Waiting for customer input and its competitor commitment to unfold, really helps what type 777X needs to be built. Boeing is capable of building a wide range of Aircraft, using, plastic, metals and new engines. Boeing would like to replace its current 777 winner with something better, than just performing an exercise in narcissism by throwing out to the public the next best thing, since shark fins were glued on a bird. Research and Development section of Boeing is probably producing opportunities for it customers and nightmares for its competitors. I can patiently wait and see what this next very important step will produce for our traveling pleasure.

121 Pilot (Alexandria, VA):

I think that the article recently released by Mr. Aboulafia http://www.richardaboulafia.com/shownote.asp?id=364 speaks volumes regarding this situation. Ultimately time will tell whether or not Boeing is truly committed to the 777X and 787-10 or whether or not you intend to sit on your laurels until Airbus's increasing and preventable market penetration forces your hand. I think history has shown that when Boeing choses to invest in and develop new aircraft it has prospered (707, 757/767, 777 etc.) and when it choose to rest on its laurels (think 767-400 or 747-400ER) those efforts have been costly failures especially in terms of market share.

Chris Cook (South Africa):

Randy,

The Airbus A350XWB is a very serious and real threat, period.

Boeing is not committed to the 777X or 787-10X until you’ve launched it, period.

Saying nifty catch phrases such as “absolutely committed”, “engaging with customers”, “understand specific needs” and “robust conversations” only go so far.

The real mettle is to say “we’re launching yet another game-changing, revolutionary airplane family”.

Unfortunately, whilst Boeing has been using clever catch phrases as stated above, the competition has been successful in securing a major 777-300ER customer for their A350-1000 and another major 777-300ER customer has been voicing concern over apparent slow pace of 777X development and is too a major A350-1000 customer.

Yes, whilst there is still a great deal of risk in the A350XWB schedule, the fact is that Airbus has a new airplane family on offer (maybe not the best), whilst Boeing doesn’t, and that’s a serious problem.

Airbus says the -1000 variant will fly around 8,400nm with 350 passengers in an Airbus ruled tri-class configuration whilst burning 25% LESS fuel than the 777-300ER, who’s range is limited to 7,900nm with 365 passengers in similar configuration. So, whilst those figures only gloss over the surface and the 777 still has some significant payload/range advantages, the fact is the new A350 will burn LESS FUEL.

Boeing has the absolute leadership in the 300 to 400-seat market, period. Your 777 is superb. But, by the turn of this decade, the tables could shift to Airbus if Boeing doesn’t respond in time with an all-new 777 to combat the very serious threat from the A350. The A350 shouldn’t be determining your launch date and what to make the 777X, your customers should. And if your customers are saying “hurry up”, then you better listen.

RICHARD CAMPBELL (Nassau ,Np,,Bahamas):

Just being real here boeing should look at building a bigger and better 777,in my opinion its still the best aircraft out there. how can boeing make it better by increaseing it rang,speed,payload length and interior.airline around the world would be shock
to see the money they could make with such an aircraft in there fleat.then and only then would it be call the best aircraft ever build.i like the aircraft family .get it done boeing.

VERNON KHOO (Singapore):

Randy Tinseth(VP Marketing) said "As Ray Conner said, “my position is that when we(Boeing) are ready, we will go.”"

Well by the time Boeing is "Ready", ALL the major Airlines who now operate B777-300ERs would have signed up the A350-1000 as their replacements!! (IAG, JAL, etc.) Singapore Airlines used to be the world's biggest operator of the B777 with a fleet of 77 aircraft at its peak.

SIA has now ordered a total of 70 A350s. That is a huge number - which somehow got very little press. Its going to be "adios" to the old B777-200s & -300s.

That order also includes some A350-1000s(which are capable of displacing the B777-300ER)as well so ..... Boeing; just keep hitting the Marketing snooze button! Again & again & again!!!

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