October 2014 Archives

Red, white and blue

The first 787 for American Airlines rolled out of the paint hangar in Everett early Thursday morning. I always enjoy showing off the liveries for first time 787 customers when we can. Enjoy these photos by Tim Stake.

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100 strong

It’s hard to talk about the 777-300ER without talking about Emirates. The airline just took delivery of its 100th 777-300ER.

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Even on a gray day in Everett, the 100th 777-300ER for Emirates looks beautiful.

The 777 has been a key part of the Emirates fleet. With this delivery, the airline will have a total of 142 777s in operation.

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Emirates and Boeing celebrate the delivery of Emirates’ 100th 777-300ER.

Emirates president Tim Clark called the 777-300ER “one of the most remarkable aircraft ever built.” We couldn’t agree more—but it’s even better to hear it from our customer. Just check out their infographic below.

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While Emirates has ordered 150 of our new 777Xs, they still have 51 777-300ERs on direct order. We’re thrilled that the 777-300ER will play a major role in Emirates’ operations for years to come.

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Congrats to Emirates!

Party in the sky

You probably know that I’m a big music fan. So it was especially fun to see our European launch customer for the 787-9, Virgin Atlantic, host a live musical gig on its inaugural Dreamliner flight from London to Atlanta.

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The bands Rudimental and Gorgon City jumped at the chance to perform on board Virgin Atlantic’s 787-9.

Titled #FlightDecks, UK bands Rudimental and Gorgon City preformed 35,000 feet above the Atlantic last week— all of it live streamed via Wi-Fi on Virgin’s newest addition to its fleet. Check out the fun in this video.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier group of passengers.

Flying from ‘old’ England to New England, Virgin began its first commercial revenue flights today with the 787-9 on its London Heathrow to Boston route, and will be operating the Dreamliner on six of the airline’s seven weekly services.

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A special livery on Virgin Atlantic’s 787-9.

Celebrating Virgin Atlantic’s 30th year, its new 787-9 is named ‘Birthday Girl’ and features a special livery. For the first time ever, the iconic Virgin Atlantic ‘Flying Lady’ is displayed face on - and she is carrying a celebratory champagne coupe. Go inside the airplane in this photo gallery from USA Today.

We’re now looking forward to delivering the next 15 787-9s Virgin currently has on order. Congratulations!

Record route

We had to revise our 787 route map today after United Airlines completed what is now the longest nonstop Dreamliner route in the world. UAL Flight 98, a 787-9, left Los Angeles around 10:30pm Pacific on Sunday night, and landed in Melbourne about 15 hours later.

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United’s new Boeing 787-9 at Terminal 7, gate 74, at LAX prior to launching the longest 787 route in the world.

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United representatives and Australian officials perform a ribbon cutting for the launch of the airline’s new nonstop Dreamliner service to Melbourne.

The flight, coming in at 6,882 nautical miles, now tops our list for the longest 787 nonstop route. It beat out the previous record of 6,217 nautical miles held by Ethiopian Airlines on their Toronto to Addis Ababa route. Here’s a look at the new list of Top 10 Longest Routes for the 787:

  1. United, Los Angeles to Melbourne: 6,882 nmi
  2. Ethiopian, Toronto to Addis Ababa: 6,217 nmi
  3. Aeromexico, Tokyo to Mexico City: 6,086 nmi
  4. United, San Francisco to Chengdu: 5,970 nmi
  5. JAL, New York to Toyko: 5,861 nmi
  6. Hainan, Beijing to Boston: 5,855 nmi
  7. JAL, Tokyo to Boston: 5,824 nmi
  8. LAN, Madrid to Santiago: 5,776 nmi
  9. Hainan, Chicago to Beijing: 5,718 nmi
  10. Hainan, Beijing to Toronto: 5,717 nmi
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United’s 787-9 after landing in Melbourne.

It’s exciting for us to see the 787 do exactly what we promised our customers it would do—- open up new routes all over the world. Congratulations to United on this record flight.

The home stretch

The numbers speak for themselves. During the third quarter of this year, we delivered 186 commercial airplanes and added 501 net new orders. A new record backlog of more than 5,500 airplanes represents more than 7 years of production at current rates.

This sets us up for what promises to be an exciting race to the finish line of 2014. As we focus on our production rate increases and a smooth transition from the Next-Generation 737 to the 737 MAX, and from the 777 to the 777X, here’s a look back at the highlights from the third quarter in photos—- and in this video.

737

• The 737 MAX 200 is launched, a variant based on the 737 MAX 8 that can accommodate up to 200 seats, with a 100-airplane commitment from Ryanair.

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Michael O’Leary and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner announce the launch of the 737 MAX 200 in New York City.

• Ethiopian Airlines announces an order for 20 737 MAX 8s, previously unidentified. It is Boeing’s biggest order, by volume, from an African carrier.

• The 5,000th Next-Generation 737 rolls out, a C-40A Clipper for the U.S. Navy based on a modified 737-700C.

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Rollout of the 5,000th Next-Generation 737.

747

• Silk Way Airlines, based in Azerbaijan, takes delivery of two 747-8 Freighters.

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Silk Way Airlines took delivery of its first two 747-8 Freighters. The freighters will allow the Azerbaijan-based airline to carry cargo more efficiently.

• Cargolux, the first operator of the 747-8 Freighter, adds a 10th airplane of that type to its fleet.

• Air China takes the first of seven 747-8 Intercontinentals on order and becomes the first carrier in Asia to operate the passenger version of the jumbo jet.

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Air China’s first 747-8 Intercontinental is unveiled in Beijing.

• Two 747-8s - a Lufthansa Intercontinental and a Silk Way Airlines Freighter - make their first appearance at the Istanbul Airshow.

• A Lufthansa 747-8 Intercontinental in special livery flies the German national soccer team home after their 2014 World Cup win in Brazil.

777

• Emirates Airline finalizes an order for 150 777X airplanes. The order, first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, was part of the largest product launch, by value, in commercial airplane history.

• Qatar Airways finalizes an order for 50 777-9Xs, first announced as a commitment when the airplane was launched last November.

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

• All Nippon Airways finalizes an order for 20 777-9Xs and six 777-300ERs. The order, which also included 787s, was the largest in ANA history in dollar terms.

• Boeing announces details of the 777X interior configuration that build on popular features of the 787 such as larger windows, higher cabin humidity and a more comfortable cabin altitude.

• Emirates, the world’s largest 777 operator, takes delivery of Boeing’s 500th 777-300ER. It’s the 97th 777-300ER in the Emirates fleet.

• China Eastern Airlines, based in Shanghai, takes delivery of the first of 20 777-300ERs it has on order. The carrier plans to use them to replace its fleet of A340-600s and ultimately expand its long-haul network.

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China Eastern debuted its new livery when it took delivery of its first 777-300ER.

787

• Launch customer Air New Zealand celebrates delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner.

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First delivery of the 787-9.

• All Nippon Airways becomes the first operator to fly both the 787-8 and 787-9 and finalizes an order for 14 more 787-9s - part of the largest order in the airline’s history in dollar terms.

• The 787-9 makes its air show debut at the Farnborough International Airshow. A YouTube video (embedded below) of the practice routine goes viral, becoming the most-watched Boeing-produced video of all time.

• The Federal Aviation Administration certifies the 787-9 Dreamliner with GE engines for commercial service. Certification of the overall 787-9 design and of 787-9s with Rolls-Royce engines occurred in June.

• United Airlines takes delivery of its first 787-9, becoming the first airline in North America to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9.

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United takes delivery of its first 787-9. The airplane is also the first 787-9 delivered to a North American airline.

• Leasing company Avolon finalizes an order for six 787-9s first announced at the Farnborough International Airshow. The order also included five additional 737 MAX 9s.

• Leasing company CIT Group orders 10 787-9 Dreamliners, bringing its 787 orders to 20, including 16 787-9s.

• Three new airlines began operating the 787: Thai Airways, Royal Jordanian and Xiamen Airlines.

Commercial Aviation Services

• A new Customer Support Operations Center opens in Seal Beach, Calif., to align CAS customer support resources in a single location. By the end of 2015 the center will provide in-service support to operators of the Next-Generation 737, 747, 767 and 777, in addition to support for out-of-production airplane models.

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Our new CAS Operations center opens in Seal Beach.

• To better support customers in Southeast Asia, Boeing and SIA Engineering Company (part of the Singapore Airlines Group) agree to form a joint venture — Boeing Asia Pacific Aviation Services — to provide engineering, spare parts, repair and maintenance services to Boeing airplanes.

• The Flight Services London Gatwick training campus marks 10 years. During that time, the site grew from four full-flight simulators to seven, including three advanced 787 training devices - the most at any single Boeing Flight Services campus.

• Boeing contracts with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems to produce the Boeing Tri-band, a new radome, or weather-proof structure, that protects an airplane’s antenna to enable reliable satellite communications.

Sounds of progress

The sounds of progress could be heard everywhere as we broke ground today for the new 777X composite wing center in Everett. With construction equipment blaring away in the background, we celebrated the present and looked toward the future.

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This aerial view above the Everett site shows how much construction is already underway on the 777X composite wing center site.

The 777X wing center will be massive. 1 million square feet, big enough to house 25 football fields. Inside, it will be the home of three autoclaves—some of the largest in the world. When the facility opens in 2016, it will put our employees on the cutting edge of composite technology.

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This artist’s rendering shows the exterior of the future 777X composite wing center.

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This drawing shows the interior of the facility and the three giant autoclaves.

Boeing’s investment of more than $1 billion in construction and outfitting of the building alone proves just how important this airplane is to the company, our employees and the entire Puget Sound region. Here’s a look at today’s celebration in photos.

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Celebrating the groundbreaking in Everett. Katie Lomax photo.

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A time capsule made of composites will be placed on the site of the 777X wing center. It will be filled with special items from Boeing employees and the community— including a photo of the Lombardi trophy from the Seattle Seahawks and a Felix Hernandez bobblehead from the Seattle Mariners.

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BCA President and CEO Ray Conner is surprised with a composite shovel to use for the groundbreaking. Katie Lomax photo.

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Here’s to the future! Katie Lomax photo.

Air to air

I want to share some absolutely gorgeous air to air photographs of an Air Canada 787. The airplane was photographed from a Learjet by Brian Losito, Air Canada’s official photographer, over the Washington coast. Our thanks to Brian and all our friends at Air Canada.

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MAX takes shape

We’ve started fabricating parts for the first 737 MAX. Work has begun at Boeing and supplier facilities to support production of the first flight test airplane in 2015. This is a big milestone for the team as the first airplane literally starts to take shape.

Below you can see the forming of the first fuselage stringer in our Auburn, Wash. fabrication facility.

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The first stringer for the 737 MAX is produced with a Progressive Roll forming machine at Integrated Aero Structures, Auburn, Wash. Oil is used as a lubricant while the part is transformed from flat to formed in a matter of seconds.

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Progressive roll form operator Mark Kain cuts the first 737 MAX fuselage stringer to length.

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After the stringer is formed, trimmed and initial holes punched, Joggle Press operator Rich Harrison prepares the first stringer for the press by brushing on lubricant. The press applies up to 100 tons of pressure to form small “jogs” in the metal according to the engineering drawings.

After forming, the stringers will be shipped to Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita for incorporation into the first 737 MAX fuselage. From there the fuselage will be shipped to our factory in Renton to be built into the first 737 MAX.

The stringers are largely common with the Next-Generation 737 stringers built at the same facility in Auburn. This commonality will ensure our customers get the maximum benefit, while leveraging the design advantage of the Next-Generation 737s.

This commonality benefits the production process as well, helping us ensure the 737 MAX will fit seamlessly into the Renton production system. Below you can see that that we’ve already started the tear down of existing structures in the Renton factory to make room for what we are now calling the Central Line. The first 737 MAXs will be built on this new final assembly line before we mix production of the new airplane in with Next-Generation 737s.

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The construction crew has almost finished demolishing the fuselage systems installation tool that once stood within the blue fencing. This space will be the first position in the new production line we are building in Renton to build the first 737 MAXs and help sustain higher production rates.

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The 737 MAX 8.

The team is doing a great job of keeping everything on track as we look forward to the start of final assembly next year. Enjoy the video below that takes you inside our Auburn facility to see the stringer production process.

Cargo rebound

It’s no secret that the air cargo market has been weak over the past few years. But we’re starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Boeing’s new World Air Cargo Forecast, which I unveiled earlier this week in Seoul, projects that air cargo traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent over the next 20 years, with global air freight traffic expected to more than double by 2033. Those are some pretty healthy figures considering where things have been.

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I was joined by members of the Boeing cargo team in Seoul.

In fact, growth has reached 4.4 percent for the first seven months of 2014— compared to no growth during the same period of time a year earlier. If that trend continues, 2014 will be the highest growth year for the air freight industry since 2010,

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Boeing offers freighters for every market, including (from left) the 777, 747-8 and 767 Freighter.

As the market continues to strengthen, our forecast shows carriers will need new, factory-built freighters and our lineup of airplanes—from the 767, to the 747-8 to the 777—- is well positioned to continue carrying more than half of the world’s air cargo traffic. Our freighters continue to bring our current customers value, and we look forward to bringing in new customers are the rebound kicks in.

I’ll leave you with a look at some of the great food we’ve enjoyed during this trip.

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Korean barbecue.

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Cold noodles.

The list keeps growing

The list of new customers taking first delivery of their first 777-300ER keeps growing. China Airlines became the most recent recipient last Friday when it took delivery of the first of 10 777-300ERs it has on order.

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The first 777-300ER for China Airlines.

This airplane continues to open up new markets for our customers. China Airlines will begin operating its new 777-300ER to Hong Kong this month and eventually introduce it on trans-Pacific routes to connect Taipei with major cities in North America, including Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

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LED lighting in China Airlines’ first 777-300ER cabin interior casts a embracing glow. Katie Lomax photo.

China Airlines will also impress its passengers with a new cabin interior in the 777-300ER. The design team was led by Taiwanese architect Ray Chen, whose award-winning structures and designs are known for weaving Eastern aesthetics into modern and minimalist designs.

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A specially designed galley area is one of several features on China Airlines’ first 777-300ER. Katie Lomax photo.

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China Airlines’ new 777-300ER configuration seats 358 passengers in a three-class layout. The layout is highlighted by new Family Couch seats in economy class, where three seats convert into a flat surface. Katie Lomax photo.

There’s nothing like seeing the reactions of customers when they see their finished 777-300ER for the first time. And we look forward to many more.

Hometown proud

It’s always special to see “Proudly All Boeing” written on the nose of an Alaska Airlines 737. That’s why Alaska’s order today for 10 more 737-900ERs is positive news for us and our hometown partner here in Seattle.

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Alaska’s newest 737-900ER is prepped for delivery at Seattle’s Boeing Field.

Today’s purchase brings Alaska’s total Boeing jets on order to 74. We appreciate their commitment to a locally manufactured fleet of the most fuel efficient airplanes in the market. These new 737-900ERs will replace Alaska’s 737-400s, giving passengers the chance to enjoy the Boeing Sky Interior with larger overhead bins and power outlets at every seat.

To celebrate today’s order, Alaska has launched a “Keys to the Sky” scavenger hunt in Seattle. Five winners will get to test drive a 737 simulator and grab two round trip tickets on Alaska. Click here for full details.

Thanks to Alaska for adding to their all-Boeing fleet and good luck to everyone taking part in the scavenger hunt.

Total eclipse

Here’s a stat that would have sounded impossible just a few years ago. Through the end of the third quarter this year, we’ve delivered more airplanes than we delivered in all of 2011. Let that sink in for a moment.

Our delivery total of 528 airplanes though the first nine months of this year has already eclipsed the 477 airplanes we delivered in all of 2011. That’s a testament to our plan of executing on our production rate increases and getting airplanes in the hands of our customers as soon as possible.

Just yesterday, we made our next 737 rate increase official—going to 52 airplanes per month in 2018. It speaks to the strength of our backlog, the demand for the new 737 MAX (2,295 orders so far) and continued interest in the Next-Generation 737.

The rate increase is also attributable to our employees for the innovation and passion they bring to the job— and the products they build. The ultimate compliment is when customers come back and say “give me more.”

Speaking of more—we’ve now booked 1,000 net orders through the end of the third quarter. Airbus has not yet updated its totals through the third quarter, but we look forward to what the rest of 2014 will bring in the orders and deliveries race.

Widebody wonders

I want to congratulate our customers on some pretty impressive ceremonies over the past few days— marking some big milestones. As always, the pictures tell a better story than me.

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The first 787-9 for Etihad Airways rolls out of the paint hangar in Everett with its new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery.

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Air China took delivery of the its first 747-8 Intercontinental.

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China Eastern debuted its new livery when it took delivery of its first 777-300ER.

 

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