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.
An incredible sight—September 26, 2011 in Everett.
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.
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.
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.