Race to the finish

For the second time in two weeks, we’ve finalized another big 777X order. Qatar Airways officially booked an order for 50 777-9Xs during the third day of the Farnborough Airshow.


His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways (left) and Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes at the 777X announcement.

The airline also announced a commitment for 50 additional 777-9X purchase rights and their intent to order four 777 Freighters with options for four more. We thank Qatar for their confidence in the 777 and 777X.

In addition to the Qatar order, Wednesday saw a flurry of customer announcements. Here’s a look at the day in photos.


Air Algerie ordered two Next-Generation 737-700C convertible airplanes.


MG Aviation finalized an order for two more 787-9s.


Hainan Airlines announced a commitment for 50 737 MAX 8s.

I’ll end by mentioning two other things unrelated to the air show— but still important. The 5,000th Next-Generation 737 has rolled out of the Renton factory destined for the US Navy.


The 5000th 737NG is a Boeing C-40A Clipper - a modified 737-700C.

And a Lufthansa 747-8 Intercontinental touched down in Berlin with the winning 2014 World Cup German national team onboard. We’re proud to see Boeing airplanes all over the world.


Comments (6)

jeanne (Sequim, WA 98382):

As a retired contract electrical engineer who had the great experience of working on the development of the pilot warning system on the 777 - I'm a real aviation fan and looking forward to the next Farnborough show - if I had known the general public could attend on two days, I would have been there in a heartbeat.

Andrew Boydston (Boise, ID USA):

Blogging per usual duing Farborough. I comment off of the things happening during the show and always follow your journal. Today was a remarkable day for this (my) blog. I recieved many-many hits from France today on the Blog. Its unusual at least, since I rarely get clicks from France. The blog takes what you give in your journal and from other sources and tries to make sense out of it. This has been a great week for Boeing. Even after announcing 150 777X (Emirates) prior to the show, and is not part of the show's grand tally. Boeing has surpassed Airbus even though Airbus saved up order annoncements just for the show. Boeing booked 63 billion as of today for the show, where Airbus was at 61 billion (assuming US$). Congratulation Boeing for doing it right for its customers. Congratulations Boeing customers for getting on track with winning orders.

Joe (S.F. CA USA ):

So Germany's national team returns triumphantly to Berlin as World Champions on none other than a Boeing jet...what a statement!

Dinez Taxis and Airport Transfers (Farnborough):

Congratulations to Boeing. Positive news Mr. Randy!

Todd COhen (Philadelphia, pa):

I will be at the next Farnborough! I love the updates and would look for them throughout the day. I am very curious and excited to see how Boeing fights the A330neo......

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

Wow, that was a huge sale on the 777-9, congrats to Boeing and Qatar Airways on the huge order. The Hainan Airlines 737 MAX really looks nice.

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