Early observations

I’ll be heading down to Arizona next week for the ISTAT Americas conference. It’s a great place to hear what’s going on in the industry and to share our view of things. We’ll also be unveiling some 777-300ER improvements that will be rolling out soon—more to come on that next week.

Now that February is in the books, I wanted to share a few observations about the year so far—starting with the orders and deliveries race.

Net orders

Boeing: 74 (through March 3)

Airbus: 28 (through Feb. 28)

Deliveries

Boeing: 113

Airbus: 82

We’re off to a solid start on several fronts. The production bridge from 777 to 777X is one of our priorities this year. And we continue to make good progress building that bridge thanks to an order from Korean Air for five 777 Freighters.

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A 777 Freighter for Korean Air.

The 747-8 program also garnered three new Freighter orders from Silk Way West. Both of these orders are signs that the cargo market continues to improve, and our products are perfectly positioned that capitalize on the growing demand.

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A 747-8 Freighter for Silk Way.

Orders for the 737 MAX continue to grow—now totaling 2,713 since the airplane’s launch. And orders for the Next-Generation 737 keep coming as well.

I’ll end with congratulations to the Boeing South Carolina team. Today, we received word from the FAA that 787-9’s built at our North Charleston factory are now part of Boeing’s production certificate. It’s another great accomplishment to start the year.

Comments (1)

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

The 737 MAX is selling quite well, the only downside is that it will be awhile until they will be in service. Hopefully Emirates Airline will go with the Boeing 787 due the adaptability of it's size for what they might need.

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