August 2013 Archives

Right here, right now

Miami is known for a lot of things. Sun, surf, palm trees, pink flamingos. You can also add aviation training to that list.

South Florida is something of a training nexus for the industry. A number of flight schools and training facilities are in the region (including those operated by Boeing and Airbus) - a crossroads of the Americas, which also happens to be on the route structures of many of the world’s airlines.

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Boeing Flight Services campus in Miami.

Miami is closer to home for our customers and that means it reduces travel time and costs associated with training. That’s why it makes sense that Miami is now the home of Boeing’s largest commercial aviation training campus. This week we officially launched 787 flight training at the Boeing Flight Services campus in Miami, part of an ongoing consolidation of Boeing commercial training capabilities in the Americas.

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One of two 787 flight simulators now located at our Miami campus.

We welcomed Florida Governor Rick Scott, along with members of the U.S. Congress, and other state and local officials and dignitaries at the Miami campus to mark the occasion.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (left) and Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, tour a 787 simulator.

Together with several other newly located full-flight simulators and one more on the way, Miami will have a total capability of 17 simulators along with other facilities to train the pilots and maintenance technicians of the world. Miami is significant too, as one of only two Boeing locations in the world where we have the capacity to train engineers and technicians on how to maintain and repair the 787 composite structure.

We also took the occasion this week to release the 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook. This is a report that ties closely with the Boeing Current Market Outlook and tracks the tremendous demand for the flight crews and technicians who will be needed to fly and maintain the fast-growing world fleet over the next 20 years.

The numbers are astounding. By the year 2032 the world will need an estimated 498,000 new commercial airline pilots. Airlines will also need an estimated 556,000 maintenance technicians in that time period.

As my colleague Sherry Carbary, our vice president of Flight Services, said during the Miami event, this is an urgent demand that is here right now. It’s what you might call a very long-term growth market requiring a lot of jobs.

When you break down the numbers, we’re talking about a demand for an average of 25,000 new pilots and 28,000 new maintenance personnel per year over the next 20 years!

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Pilot training in a Next-Generation 737 simulator.

Of course, this huge requirement goes hand in hand with the projected growth in world airplane fleets over the same period of time. When you look at all these numbers, you realize it’s going to be a challenge to meet the demand for people that this growth calls for.

In particular, where we see the largest growth in airplane deliveries - in the Asia Pacific region - we also see the largest demand for aviation personnel: 192,300 pilots and 215,300 maintenance technicians. In China alone we see a need for 77,400 pilots and 93,900 maintenance technicians.

In some parts of the developing world, the training infrastructure is clearly not yet ready to meet growing demand as regional airlines expand. Boeing has been investing in creating and enhancing world-class training facilities in Asia, for example - where we offer 787 training in Shanghai and Singapore. We’re adding 787 simulator capacity in London to better serve the needs of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

And as I mentioned, we are creating our largest training campus in Miami - a hub city for many of the world’s airlines and very convenient to our customers as a location to train their pilots, technicians and cabin crews. We’re also working with partners around the world on an advanced pilot development program to train future pilots from basic theory through qualification as a commercial jet first officer.

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An advanced 787 maintenance training classroom.

The challenge for Boeing and the industry is not only to help our customers manage growth in demand for training, but to align the training methods and technologies to match the needs of future aviation professionals. They expect information when they want it, where they want it and how they want it. So we’re moving from chalkboard-based training to incorporate computer tablets, gaming technology, eBooks and interactive three dimensional models.

There’s no magic solution. Ultimately, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing - developing better, more advanced training programs, getting closer to our customers and tailoring our training curriculum and delivery methods to the needs and styles of today’s and tomorrow’s generations of aviation personnel.

Aviation is a great field to be in. Now to meet this huge demand for personnel we need the entire aerospace industry to work harder to promote itself as attractive and cutting edge - which it certainly is. I’ve spend my entire career in this field and I still get excited coming to work each day. I invite you to check out a video here that shows everything going on at our Miami campus.

New sensation

A customer’s first 787 will also feature another first—a brand new livery. The first 787 for Royal Brunei Airlines recently came out of the paint hangar in Everett with a bright yellow tail featuring the national crest of Brunei.

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Here’s the first 787 for Royal Brunei Airlines. All photos by Colleen Pfeilschiefter.

The airplane features a classic styled new livery and logo. Royal Brunei Airlines says it is designed to create a family-like, peaceful and tranquil atmosphere with high class customer service.

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Royal Brunei Airlines has five 787s on order, with this first one scheduled for delivery this fall. Congratulations to them on the sensational new look.

Let the good times roll

The blue skies dotted with clouds over Everett this weekend made for the perfect backdrop as the first 787-9 rolled out of the factory.

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A picture perfect setting for the rollout of the 787-9. Colleen Pfeilschiefter photo.

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It’s an exciting time for the 787-9 team as they prepare the airplane for its first flight later this summer. Meanwhile, the second and third airplanes are in final assembly—keeping our schedule on track.

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For a behind the scenes look at what it took to get this airplane to this important milestone, check out the video below.

Making room for MAX

Here’s some exciting news. The first major piece of the 737 MAX production puzzle is now in place. Recently, employees in Renton moved Wings Systems Installation from our Final Assembly building over to the wings building. I’ll let the pictures tell most of the story.

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The moving crew met up at 4 a.m. to talk through the logistics of the big move. These wings are headed back to the building where they were originally constructed to be “stuffed” with systems on a new Systems Installation line.

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Each cart and rack is carefully wrapped in industrial-strength plastic wrap to ensure all the parts make their way to the new line.

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Then each wing is carefully lifted…

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—-and loaded onto a dolly for a trip across the Renton parking lot.

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The wings are in place in their new location before lunch time. The move went so smoothly that the team didn’t miss a beat in production, starting work back up the next shift, which is important when customers are counting on us to deliver airplanes at record rates.

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This final wing is nearly complete so it is staged to go to the wing-to-body join position in final assembly rather than make the trip to the new location.

With the freed up space inside final assembly, work can now begin on two new double-decker fuselage systems installation tools. This will consolidate fuselage systems installation in one location, ultimately freeing up floor space for a MAX dedicated production line which we’ll use to prove the build of the new airplane before mixing it with Next-Generation 737 production in the rest of the factory.

These production moves are significant— not only being the culmination of months of planning, but also revealing the flawless execution of the Boeing team in Renton. 737 MAX production is scheduled to begin in final assembly in 2015. Congrats on the big move!

Shining Star

I always love showing off the first 787 destined for yet another customer. So check out the first Dreamliner for an Australian airline— sporting Jetstar’s bright orange and metallic silver livery.

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The first 787 for Jetstar rolls out of the Everett paint hangar. All photos by Colleen Pfeilschiefter.

Jetstar, the Qantas Group’s low-cost brand, has 14 787s on order and expects to fly an all-787 long-haul fleet by 2015. Their first 787 recently rolled out of the paint hangar in Everett and will be their only 787 to fly domestically before joining the airline’s international network.

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Congrats to Jetstar as they get closer to taking delivery. The airplane is truly a shining star!

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Cheers to that!

You could hear a lot of cheers in our 767 factory in Everett this morning. That’s because the first KC-46A tanker forward fuselage section was loaded into place— two days ahead of schedule.

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The tanker begins to take shape inside our 767 factory. Gail Hanusa photo.

767 employees gathered to mark the occasion, receiving commemorative tanker pins and signing a banner as production began in the forward and aft body structure control codes.

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This 767 team gathers to mark another tanker milestone. Gail Hanusa photo.

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767 employees sign a banner after celebrating a KC-46A achievement. Gail Hanusa photo.

The tanker is scheduled to roll out of the factory in January. First flight for the fully provisioned tanker is scheduled for early 2015, with first delivery set for 2016.

Getting better all the time

We’re making a lot of progress on the flight test program for the 747-8’s Performance Improvement Package (PIP). We’ve flown 218 hours since testing started in May, and expect certification and deliveries starting in the fourth quarter of this year.

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This 747-8 Intercontinental takes to the skies to test a performance improvement package.

With the PIP, the 747-8 will see a 1.8 percent improvement in fuel burn— saving our customers approximately $1 million annually in fuel per airplane. We’re also planning more weight reductions —and two to three years from now we’d like to increase the Intercontinental’s range to 8,200 nautical miles. Click here to watch a video on the PIP testing.

While we continue to invest in 747-8 improvements, it seems the competition is more worried about our advertisements. This week, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK dismissed a complaint from Airbus that had to do with a recent 747-8 Intercontinental ad.

In that ad, we laid out the clear advantages our airplane has over the A380. After the complaint, we defended our position and supplied plenty of material to back it up—and the ASA concluded that our 747-8 stats were well-substantiated. We stand behind the ad and the analysis we put into it 100 percent.

It’s no secret the large airplane market segment is pretty tough at the moment—and there’s no doubt that our ad hit a nerve. So far in 2013, Airbus hasn’t booked a single firm order for the A380. In fact, the last A380 order from a new customer was more than a year ago.

Since then, we’ve booked five firm orders for the Intercontinental (along with seven firm orders for the 747-8 Freighter), while Korean Air has agreed to purchase five Intercontinentals.

While they worry about ads in Toulouse, we’ll stay focused on our sales campaigns and making the 747-8 even better. After all, the proof is in the performance.

Rocket man

It’s not very often that I get a chance to talk about the defense, space and security side of Boeing. But I couldn’t resist talking about our CST-100 spacecraft that happens to include a lot of elements from Commercial Airplanes.

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The CST-100. NASA photo.

NASA astronauts recently conducted flight suit evaluations inside a fully-outfitted test version of the CST-100, which we designed to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective crew transportation to the International Space Station and other low Earth orbit destinations, for NASA and other government and commercial customers.

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NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik suits up for flight evaluations in the CST-100 mock-up at our Houston Product Support Center. NASA photo.

While the spacecraft may look like Apollo-era capsules on the outside, its interior is the result of our Space Exploration team working across the Boeing enterprise to incorporate technology. The team utilized LED lighting, similar to the 787 interior and the Boeing Sky Interior on the Next-Generation 737.

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The CST-100 interior features LED Boeing Sky interior lighting. The capsule is designed to maximize the space to accommodate crew and cargo. NASA photo.

The headrests in the capsule are also inspired by the 787 headrests.

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Inside the CST-100. NASA photo.

It’s exciting to see exactly what can happen when the full resources of the company are pulled together—truly “One Boeing.”

By the way, the first piloted orbital flight of the CST-100 capsule is scheduled for 2016. I invite you to check out our CST-100 photo gallery and to visit beyondearth.com for more information about the future of human space exploration. Rocket man indeed.

 

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