I always enjoy meeting with our suppliers. After all, they’re key players in our success. I got the opportunity to see many of them in person at this week’s annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance Conference in Lynnwood, Washington— where I was able to thank them for helping us increase our 2012 deliveries by 26 percent through several rate increases.
Speaking at the annual PNAA conference.
We then turned our focus to the objectives for 2013—which include getting the 787 back in the air, executing more production rate increases while improving efficiency and reducing costs, and keeping development programs like the 737 MAX and 787-9 on track.
Of course, a lot of folks in the audience were very interested in our continued progress on the 777X and 787-10X. The potential market entry of the 777X would be around the end of the decade, and our customers have really been helping us shape this airplane.
The 777X will have the lowest fuel burn per seat of any airplane, significantly lower operating costs, and greater payload and range capability. We’re also working hard on a new interior for the airplane that will really be spectacular— making the best in class 777 even better.
The 787-10X, a stretch of the 787-9, will give the airlines a capacity of around 320 passengers, while still offering the best fuel burn and operating economics. Consider it the “people mover” of the 787 family—carrying the most passengers with the best fuel economics.
A rendering of the 787-10X.
When you put them together, it’s obvious the 777X and 787-10X will put a lot of pressure on the competition. It’s an exciting time for the wide-body market with a lot of pent up demand for these airplanes.
On the single-aisle side, we couldn’t be happier with the acceptance of the 737 MAX. Just this week, we finalized an order for 16 737 MAXs from Icelandair. That brings the total MAX orders to date to 1,180.
The 737 MAX in Icelandair livery.
Across the board, we’re offering the best products to meet our customers’ needs. And we thank our suppliers for being part of the Boeing team.