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 always remember. Standing outside our Everett factory in the pouring rain, our team - more than 10,000 people - stood proud as we presented ANA’s chief executive officer with his first Dreamliner.

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An incredible sight—September 26, 2011 in Everett.

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Here’s me and Boeing legend Joe Sutter at the first 787 delivery ceremony one year ago.

In fact, that day had so many special moments—like when 500 employees walked into the celebration area with the airplane following behind them and graciously bowed to demonstrate our humble pleasure in handing the airplane over. On that day, the pride felt by the entire team was something you could almost touch.

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Employees were leading the way as one of ANA’s Dreamliners was towed into the big event.

One year later, we’ve delivered 25 airplanes to a total of six customers. That includes one this past weekend to our first U.S. customer United Airlines. And while the ceremonies may not be as big and splashy as that very first one, each is a celebration of pride.

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United took delivery of its first 787 this past weekend.

It really is all about the people - the names you know like Mike Sinnett, our 787 vice president and chief project engineer who has worked on the 787 program since Day 1. And the names you don’t know of the men and women who come into work every day with the skills and dedication that make our airplanes great. They’re delivering the 787 experience to our customers— and in turn to passengers all over the globe.

So on this anniversary, stop and think a moment about how far we’ve come—and how far we’re going. Yes, it was a very good year.

In addition to ANA and United pictured earlier, here’s a look at our other four customers who’ve taken delivery of the Dreamliner so far.

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JAL

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Ethiopian

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LAN

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Air India

Comments (9)

Brad Johnson (Shakopee, MN):

Thank you, Boeing, for continuing to innovate in one of the most highly regulated industries in the world. You show that scientific and engineering excellence is alive and well in the US. Your accomplishments are now spread across the globe, making connections from person to person and country to country!

capt.mehedi (dhaka.):

Congratulations.

José Quesada (Tegucigalpa, Honduras):

I've been following the development of the 787 since 2004, and although I don't work at Boeing, if I feel proud of that marvelous plane, I can just imagine how the team that dreamt it, designed it and is building it must feel, congrats to all of you and to the airlines that bring this wonderful aircraft to their customers!!!

Ilham Hanif (Jakarta, Indonesia):

Congratulation!

Daniel Agyenim-Boateng (North Charleston, SC):

Oh! how a year can easily fly by. I remember when we were putting much hours everyday on average of 12 hours a day and sometimes the whole weekend. I work in the AFT section of the 787 and anytime I feel so stress out, I just walk to the FAD(finalassembly& delivery) and the mere sight of the new airplane being built reliefs my stress and always go back with new renew strength. Today, I feel so blessed to be part of this wonderful team. My message to you all is that: Determination today leads to success tomorrow.

BAO TRAN (Wichita , Kansas - USA):

Congratulation , keep going forward ;-)

keesje (netherlands):

Regardless of the bumpy maturation sofar, 25 delivered is a valuable milestone. Congratulations to all that showed persistance and continued dedication during the program.

Kazuhisa Oka (Yokohama, JAPAN):

Congratulations! I hope that the dreamliner will be one of Boeing's best seller airplanes.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Already twenty-five and counting and another one on the way, full speed ahead. Congratulations, well done!

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