After two days of twin-aisle action at the Paris Air Show, today belonged to the 737. Ryanair president and CEO Michael O’Leary flew into Le Bourget on a 737-800 decked out in special livery to celebrate the airline’s formal order for 175 Next-Generation 737-800s.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner greets Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary at Le Bourget.
The order is Boeing’s largest ever from a European airline. As always, O’Leary drew an overflow crowd at our media chalet for the signing ceremony—where he entertained reporters while also handing out some great compliments about the 737.
The two CEO’s make the 737 deal official.
O’Leary also made the point of talking about his interest in the 737 MAX, and we look forward to continuing discussions with Ryanair.
There’s never a dull moment during an O’Leary news conference.
Earlier in the day, we announced an acceleration on the 737 MAX program. First delivery has been moved up one quarter— to third quarter 2017. It’s a sign of just how much progress we’re making. To see why we’re so excited about the MAX, check out the video below.
I also wanted to share this image of what our Renton factory will look like once the MAX comes on line. The MAX will be built on the “proving line” in-between the two main production lines to the left and the right.
Here’s a look at the future of our Renton factory. Of course, there will be a roof!
Also today— CIT Aerospace placed an order for 30 737 MAX 8s, Oman Air ordered five 737-900ERs and Travel Service made a commitment for three 737 MAX 8s.
Here’s the 737 MAX in CIT livery.
What a day for the 737!