Building our future

It was another strong quarter here at Boeing, with Commercial Airplanes leading the way thanks to an 18 percent increase in deliveries compared to the same quarter last year. It’s a testament to our people and our plan, as we execute on our production rate increases and drive productivity.

We booked 235 net orders during the first quarter and delivered 161 airplanes, up from 209 and 137 in the same period last year. At the same time, we kicked off some major expansion projects that will play a huge part in our future— developing the Puget Sound into a center for composite technology with our 777X wing facility, and expanding our 737 Delivery Center in Seattle to accommodate 737s being produced at record rates.

Here are some other things I took away from today’s earnings call:

• There’s high confidence in our ability to execute a successful production bridge to the 777X.

• The 787 fleet is flying more than 260 flights per day. Overall dispatch reliability is trending positively at above 98%.

• We remain on track to deliver the first 787-9 to Air New Zealand around the middle of this year.

• Customer interest in the 737 MAX remains very high as we close in on 2,000 total orders.

It promises to be another busy year for us, but we’re up to the challenge. Here’s a look back at our first quarter highlights in photos, and in this video.


 First 737 built at the rate of 42 airplanes per month rolls out of the factory in Renton.


The first 737 at the increased rate of 42 airplanes per month rolls out of the Renton factory.

 Major expansion begins on the 737 Delivery Center at Boeing Field to support increasing production rates.


737 VP & General Manager Beverly Wyse takes the first ceremonial swing as we make way for an expanded 737 Delivery Center in Seattle.

 737 Configuration Studio is unveiled in Renton to assist customers with interior design and configuration for the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX.


A new studio showcasing 737 interiors.

 Alaska Airlines takes delivery of its 100th Next-Generation 737.

 Air Canada finalizes an order for 61 737 MAX 8s and 9s.


Air Canada finalized their 737 MAX order.

 Flydubai finalizes an order for 75 737 MAX 8s and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s. It is Boeing’s largest single-aisle order in the Middle East.

 SpiceJet announces an order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer, for 42 737 MAX 8s.

 SunExpress finalizes an order for 15 737 MAX 8s and 25 Next-Generation 737-800s. It is the largest order in the nearly 25-year history of the Turkish carrier.

 GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announces an order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer, for 20 737 MAX 8s and 20 737-800s, giving GECAS the most 737 orders in the leasing industry.

 Boeing launches the BBJ MAX family after receiving the first order from an undisclosed customer for a business jet based on the 737 MAX 8.


 Cargolux Airlines finalizes an order for an additional 747-8 Freighter, bringing its unfilled orders for the jumbo freighter to five.

 A 747-8 Freighter painted in a Seattle Seahawks livery pays tribute to the team’s first Super Bowl victory with a flyover of Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. The airplane also took flight before the game, tracing the number “12” over Eastern Washington in a salute to fans, known collectively as the “12th Man.”


The 747-8 in Seahawks livery flies past the Space Needle and downtown Seattle.

 747-8 team implemented and certified comprehensive design changes that allow the 747-8 Intercontinental to carry fuel in the horizontal stabilizer, providing enhanced range and payload capability.


 Assembly begins on the fourth and final KC-46 Pegasus test airplane for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program. The tanker uses the platform of the 767.


Boeing remains on plan to deliver the initial 18 combat-ready KC-46 tankers to the U.S. Air Force by 2017.

 Everett factory receives the first Pratt & Whitney PW4062 engines for the first KC-46 Pegasus test aircraft.

 KC-46 Pegasus test aircraft achieves “power on,” plugging into an external power cart and bringing power into each segment of the electrical system.


 Boeing announces plans in February to build a composite wing center north of the factory in Everett to support fabrication of the 777X composite wing.

 High-speed wind tunnel tests for the 777X begin at Boeing’s Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle, following wind tunnel tests at QinetiQ’s facility in Farnborough, UK.


777X wind tunnel tests get underway in Seattle.

 All Nippon Airways (ANA) announces its selection of 20 777-9X and six 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes.

 China Southern Airlines receives the first of 10 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes.


China Southern takes home its first 777-300ER.

 Turkmenistan Airlines takes delivery of the first of two 777-200LR (Longer Range) airplanes ordered in 2011.

 777 wins numerous awards including Best Aircraft Type for 2013 (Global Traveler, Premier Traveler, Business Traveler USA and Executive Travel magazines).


 Boeing rolls out its first 787 Dreamliner built at the rate of 10 per month. The airplane, a 787-8 and the 155th Dreamliner built, was later delivered to International Lease Finance Corp. for operation by Aeromexico.


The first 787 at the increased rate of 10 airplanes per month rolls out of the Everett factory.

 Boeing flies the 787-9 to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand. The flight — 13 hours 49 minutes — marks the 787-9’s international debut and its longest flight since testing began in September.


The second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight test program, ZB002, arrives in Auckland, New Zealand.

 ANA announces its intent to purchase 14 787-9s.

 Kenya Airways takes delivery of its first 787.

Comments (3)

V V (Montréal, Québec):

Forty Two

42 is the answer to "The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything" as mentioned in the
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".

And 42 units per month is the current production rate of the 737NG.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Things are looking good, almost 2,000 737 MAX orders, still a few years before the 737 MAX takes to the air for the first time. The thing I am paying the most attention to is the 777X. I like to see how it develops and what things will be improved. I am also interested in the 787-9 and how the 787-10 will be developed.

Orion (Tempe, AZ):

Since Boeing has had another strong quarter, I'm guessing they are planning on hiring a lot of people or possible getting some new blood in to the company?

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