August 2014 Archives

Gridiron debut

We know the 787’s carbon fiber structure is light—but strong. And now, it’s being put to work in the air and on the gridiron.

Boeing is teaming up with Russell Athletic to use excess carbon fiber in athletic gear. The material will first be used in Russell’s new CarbonTek football shoulder pads.

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Pro football wide receiver Pierre Garcon wears the CarbonTek shoulder pad system, with an exosketon made of 787 carbon fiber. He’s seen here inside a 787 carbon composite fuselage.

Those pads have the sports industry’s first-ever exoskeleton made of aerospace-grade carbon fiber, which is thinner, stronger and approximately 10 percent lighter compared to competitors. Sounds a lot like our Dreamliners.

We’re told several elite college players will be wearing the special shoulder pads throughout this year’s football season, as well as pro stars Pierre Garcon, Mark Ingram and Colt McCoy.

While all of this is exciting for both aviation and football fans, it’s also an important part of Boeing’s environmental efforts. We already market surplus factory materials and we see more opportunities to repurpose carbon fiber as we keep building 787s and eventually composite wings for the 777X.

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Carbon fiber used to manufacture the 787 Dreamliner.

Enjoy the video below that has some behind the scenes footage of Russell Athletic’s ad campaign.

Growth spurt

Outside of a launch announcement, it’s not every day that we receive an order for 82 airplanes—much less from a single customer. But that’s exactly what happened today when BOC Aviation placed an order for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs.

This is the largest order ever by the Singapore-based leasing company as it continues to grow its portfolio.

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This particular order underscores two themes I’ve been talking about since the Farnborough Airshow. First, it once again shows that customers continue to gravitate toward the heart of the single-aisle market—the 160-seat space occupied by the 737 MAX 8 and 737-800. By the way, this announcement increases our total MAX orders to 2,219.

Second, we continue adding 777-300ER orders as we firm up the production bridge from today’s 777 to the new 777X.

We thank BOC Aviation for their business and continued trust in Boeing products.

Classic performance

What an incredible way to start the weekend at the Boeing Classic golf tournament today. The weather in the Seattle area has been spectacular this summer— and we thank our hometown partner Alaska Airlines for one more reason to look toward the sky.

One of their 737-800s performed a flyover today to kick things off on the golf course. Enjoy the photos from Boeing photographer Gail Hanusa.

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Bridging the gap

A lot has been written lately about the production bridge between the 777 and the 777X. In fact, it was one of the top questions I got during the Farnborough Airshow.

We’re making great progress—as witnessed by this week’s website roll that included 10 more orders for the 777-300ER from unidentified customers. Including freighters, that brings us to 39 orders and commitments this year for today’s 777.

Here’s the way I look at it. We have six years before the 777X is delivered. We already have three years worth of 777 orders in our backlog. So bottom line, we have three years of production to fill—and six years to do it.

We’re sold out on 777s through 2015—and 2016 is looking good. There’s also a lot of activity in the order pipeline that should solidify things for 2017 and 2018.

There’s no question the production bridge is a challenge. But with the value proposition the 777 brings our customers, we’re confident we’ll get there.

Royal Guard

Thai Airways recently showcased the newest member of its fleet, the 787-8 Dreamliner. They invited hundreds of guests to a reception in Bangkok for a chance to get up close to the airplane called “Ongkharak,” named after a district in central Thailand meaning “royal guard.”

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THAI employees form a human 787 to show off their new airplane.

This 787, owned by AerCap and leased to THAI, arrived in Bangkok on July 18th after a 15-hour, non-stop flight from our Everett factory.

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Representatives of THAI and Boeing attended a reception to showcase the new 787.

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An orchestra entertains guests at the THAI 787 reception.

THAI operated its first commercial flight with the 787 on July 25th from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Thailand. With the delivery of a second 787, THAI will begin operating the airplane on international routes from Bangkok to Perth, Australia and Haneda, Japan sometime in September.

THAI’s third 787-8 will serve the Bangkok-Narita, Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok-Hanoi routes. Their fourth 787 delivery will operate the Bangkok-Nagoya route.

Sharing the dream

Earlier this week, ANA became the first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9. The airline took 80 children from Japan and the U.S. on the inaugural flight of its 787-9 Dreamliner.

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ANA’s 787-8 is seen from under the wing of its larger sibling, the 787-9. Michael Goldberg photo.

The airplane pushed back from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport for a two-hour flight, soaring above Tokyo and Mount Fuji, then making its way across Japan as far as the ancient capital of Kyoto before returning to Haneda.

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Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, give a high 5 to children as they board ANA’s 787-9 for its inaugural flight. Next to her are (left to right) George Maffeo, Boeing Japan president; Yoji Ohashi, ANA Holdings chairman; and Shinichiro Ito, ANA chairman. Chris Jue photo.

ANA invited children from Haneda Elementary School in Tokyo and U.S. children living in Japan to share the dream of flight and make new friends on its brand new airplane.

During the event attended by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the chairman of ANA, Shinichiro Ito, had this message for the children. “Have the courage to challenge yourself, for the world is your stage.”

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U.S. and Japanese children gather alongside ANA’s first 787-9 in Tokyo. Chris Jue photo.

It’s great to see young people get excited about aviation, and we thank ANA for showing off their Dreamliner to the next generation.

Wide lead in widebodies

July turned out to be a very good month for Boeing in more ways than one. We booked 324 orders for the month— the largest number ever booked by Boeing in a single calendar month.

We’ve now recorded a total of 823 net orders for the year, versus 705 for Airbus (through July). As I said during the week of the Farnborough Airshow—this race is about 52 weeks, not just one.

What’s most striking about the numbers is our widebody lead. Boeing has booked 273 twin-aisle orders so far this year, while Airbus is in negative territory at -27. It’s nice to see that our widebody strategy continues to be successful with a product lineup that is unmatched.

Our delivery centers continue to be busy as well. 58 airplanes were delivered in July, bringing us to an even 400 for the year. It also topped Airbus’ total of 352.

Moving ahead, this is even more motivation to execute on our plans to make this a very good year for Boeing. Congratulations to everyone on our teams for a summer to remember.

Seafair Sunday

A gorgeous weekend in Seattle was capped off by the 787-9 performing a flyover on the final day of the Seafair Festival. Boeing photographer Katie Lomax snapped these images as the airplane passed over Lake Washington.

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Key delivery

Last week, Cargolux took delivery of its 10th 747-8 Freighter. It was great to hear from the airline’s President and CEO, Dirk Reich, about how the airplane is transforming the cargo carrier’s business.

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Cargolux and Boeing representatives mark the delivery of Cargolux’s 10th 747-8 Freighter.

In the notoriously tough cargo market, Reich described how the fuel efficiency of the 747-8 Freighter has allowed Cargolux to successfully implement a dual hub strategy between its base in Luxembourg and Zhengzhou, China - a major transportation gateway to the Far East.

It’s been just under three years since Cargolux took delivery of its first 747-8 Freighter, becoming the first carrier in the world to operate the airplane.

Congratulations to Cargolux on this key delivery as the 747-8 Freighter plays an integral role in all of our customers’ continued success.

 

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