September 2013 Archives

4567

Our 737 program always seems to be having fun with numbers. And today, there was one number I couldn’t resist pointing out.

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This airplane for United was the 4,567th Next-Generation 737 built in our Renton factory. All photos by Marian Lockhart.

The 4,567th Next-Generation 737 was delivered to United Airlines. Boeing photographer Marian Lockhart captured some gorgeous images of the airplane flying away into a cloudy sky. The airplane is a 737-900ER with the Boeing Sky Interior. The next sequential Next-Generation 737 off the production line, 5678, is about two and a half years away.

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The 737 program continues to break records, delivering 291 Next-Generation 737s between January and August of this year. And we’re on track to increase our production rate yet again to 42 per month starting in the second quarter of 2014.

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Congrats to the Renton team. We’ll keep counting!

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The long run

We know the 777 is a favorite of both our airline customers and their passengers. And excitement is building as we get closer to launching the new 777X.

Today, Lufthansa became our first customer to commit to the airplane—selecting 34 777-9Xs for their new long-haul fleet.

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The 777-9X in Lufthansa livery.

Lufthansa is an amazing customer and we thank them for their confidence in this airplane. The 777-9X will join the 747-8 in the airline’s long-haul lineup. Lufthansa created a special webpage where you can see more details.

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We’re actively talking with other customers about the 777X, and I can tell you that they like what they’re hearing. With a new composite wing and all-new engines, the 777-9X will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine commercial jet in the world. It will also boast the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane— with no competitor in its market segment. That’s good news for the airlines—and their passengers.

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We look forward to building on this momentum as we target the formal launch of the 777X for later this year. Stay tuned.

Cloud 9

I hope you were able to watch some of our live webcast on Tuesday as the 787-9 made its first flight. The 5-hour, 16-minute flight was a huge success— allowing our pilots to gather a large amount of data as we begin flight test.

Thanks to our employees (who gathered to watch the takeoff and landing), our customers and our suppliers for helping us reach this key milestone. Enjoy the photo gallery below— along with this video showing off great air to air footage.

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Takeoff from Paine Field in Everett.

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Up in the air— moments after takeoff.

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Boeing employees cheer the 787-9 first flight.

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Gorgeous air to air shot of Mt. Rainier.

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Landing at Boeing Field.

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787-9 pilots give a thumbs up after landing. Capt. Mike Bryan (left) and Capt. Randy Neville.

Power of 12

If you live in the Puget Sound area, you know people are crazy for the Seattle Seahawks. And with Sunday’s huge home opener against San Francisco looming, the 12th Man is at a fever pitch.

To show our support for the Hawks— on this 12th day of the month at exactly 12:12pm— we unfurled 12th Man banners from both our Renton and Everett factories— along with several other Boeing locations around Puget Sound. Many of our employees put on their Seahawks gear to celebrate the occasion.

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Celebrating the Seahawks at our Everett factory. Ed Turner photo.

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Employees at Boeing Everett sign a Seahawks banner. Ed Turner photo.

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Everett employees all decked out in Seahawks gear. Ed Turner photo.

Boeing and the Seahawks have partnered together for more than a decade to support the communities we live and work in. We’re incredibly proud this year to have the Boeing logo featured on the backdrop during the team’s press conferences.

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Showing our Seahawk pride in Renton as we unfurl the 12th Man banner at our 737 factory. Jessica Oyanagi photo.

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I guess you can call this a Seahawk mohawk.

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The many faces of the 12th Man in Renton.

As a season ticket holder, I can’t wait to see the atmosphere inside the stadium on Sunday night. Go Hawks!

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Renton employees go all out for the Seahawks.

Triple play

Hello from Beijing, where I’ve just unveiled the new Current Market Outlook for China. The big news is that we’ve increased the number of airplanes we expect this country to need over the next two decades. In all, we forecast a demand for 5,580 new airplanes for China with a price tag of $780 billion. That’s 320 more airplanes than we projected last year.

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It’s always fun to visit with the media in China.

Why the hike? China’s economy just keeps on booming. Throw in a spike in tourism, especially long haul international traffic, and we expect to see China’s fleet triple in size over the next 20 years.

There’s no question that China is a key market for Boeing. More than half of all commercial jets operating in China are Boeing airplanes. We’ll be working hard to keep that business in China and grow it even more with our current and future product lineup.

Since I haven’t posted many food photos lately, I’ll close with some pictures of a lovely meal our team enjoyed in Beijing—mackerel and crab mushrooms.

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Mountain jam

You’ll find a lot of proud employees around our 767 factory today. That’s because we delivered a gorgeous 767 Freighter to FedEx Express this morning. It’s the first 767 Freighter for FedEx as the company modernizes its fleet.

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This airplane, named Hannah after the child of a FedEx Express employee, is the first of many to come for FedEx as they plot a new course. The airplane is 30 percent more fuel efficient and offers 20 percent lower operating costs than the MD-10 freighters it will replace. Enjoy these amazing photos captured by Monica Wehri of the airplane during a production test flight around Mt. Rainier— as well as from today’s delivery ceremony by Gail Hanusa.

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Open arms

It’s been a busy few days for our airline customers are they continue to launch inaugural routes with their 787s.

Over the Labor Day weekend, British Airways launched its 787 long-haul service with a flight from London to Toronto. See the landing here.

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Here’s the first 787 for British Airways.

The Dreamliner will fly exclusively between Toronto Pearson and London Heathrow this month. And beginning in October, the 787 will operate between New York and London.

Our customers are also proving that the 787 will open new routes and new markets. In March of next year, British Airways will use a 787 to offer the only direct flights between London and Austin, Texas.

Meanwhile, United Airlines recently asked for approval to start flying the 787 from San Francisco to Chengdu, China—becoming the first U.S. carrier to serve mainland China outside of Beijing and Shanghai.

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One of United’s 787s.

And shortly after launching 787 service to New York, Norwegian just announced it will launch new 787 routes between Scandinavia and Los Angeles, Oakland and Orlando next spring.

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Here’s the first 787 for Norwegian.

We’re excited to see more and more Dreamliners flying all over the world. 84 of our 787s have been delivered to 14 customers as of today—and we’re on track to increase our production rate to 10 a month by the end of this year. Congratulations to all of our customers as they keep the world connected. For a full list of where 787s currently fly as of August— you can check out this website.

 

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