Staying busy

As the orders and deliveries tally came out today, it once again reinforced exactly how our team is executing on our production rate increases.

Through the end of April, we’ve delivered 250 airplanes this year. That includes 41 787s. During the same time period last year, we delivered a total of 217 airplanes. That’s an impressive uptick.

So far this year, we’ve booked a total of 128 net orders. Just this past week, we added orders for nine more 787s and five more 777-300ERs. We thank all of our customers.

Today also brought two milestones—one for our customer and one for the 737 MAX team.

American Airlines launched its inaugural 787 service with a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Chicago O’Hare. My colleagues who attended the sendoff tell me passengers were all smiles.

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In fact, the sold out flight had requests for over 70 upgrades—but obviously there wasn’t a single “no show” up front. Congrats to our friends at American on this big day.

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Also today, the 737 MAX program announced that flight testing is underway on the LEAP-1B engine. The engine performed well during a five hour, 30 minute first flight on a modified 747 testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California.

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This is part of the most extensive ground and flight test certification program in CFM’s history.

It’s been a busy week—with much more to come.

Comments (4)

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

The new CFM LEAP-1B engine looks to be about the same size as the Pratt & Whitney JT9D engine, and a lot more quiet and efficient.

Andrew Boydston (Boise ID USA):

I noticed the Leap 1-B has scallops at the stern of engine nacelles. It this the look the engine will have fitted on the commercial 737 Max? Secondly, do you have sharing information about the Leap 1-B PIP's planned after flight testing has just commenced? Thank you for any engine related news regarding the MAX.

Cristiano Arruda (Campo Grande, MS, Brazil):

The new LEAP engine seems so big that I had impression that it could pull a 767-200 without difficulties. To compare it with the 737-100/200 series engine size, the memories screw up my mind to see now the impossibility to become reality. Congratulations to everyone involved in this new "next" step of the Boeing 737.

Julien (France):

Dear RANDY,

Many thanks for the news. Boeing is staying busy. However, why Boeing refuses understanding the needs of his historical Customer like AA, DELTa and United? I talk about the 757. Mr. TINSETH explained, some weeks ago, that no replacement for the 757 will be done. At this moment, AA is looking for changing his 757 fleet. Only Airbus A321LR is able to supply AA. At the same time, Boeing is focusing on 737 9MAX. I'm not a plane maker, I think Boeing is doing a big mistake and is opening a big and large road to Airbus. A321 is selling out the 737;9MAX. it's clear.

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