July 2015 Archives

A new life

As part of our efforts to reduce aviation’s environmental impact through the lifecycle of airplanes, the ecoDemonstrator 757 is now in the initial stages of being dismantled and recycled in an environmentally responsible way.

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The ecoDemonstrator Program team celebrates the successful 757 flight tests.

When the airplane wrapped up its flight testing earlier this month, it made one last flight to Moses Lake, Wash. That’s where it will be recycled—giving us a chance to explore more efficient recycling techniques and to get the most value from the airplane’s materials and parts.

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This air to air photo by Boeing’s John D. Parker was taken during flight test. It shows the livery of our customer and ecoDemonstrator 757 partner TUI Group.

Besides removing usable spare parts, we are looking at ways to extract and re-use airplane-grade aluminum to fabricate new airplane parts.

The 757 has already conducted a different recycling project. We 3D-printed an aisle stand in the flight deck using excess carbon fiber from 787 production, an example of how we want to repurpose this high-value material and reduce factory waste.

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In the early phase of the 757’s recycling, useable parts are removed. The engines and the leading edge of the left wing have been removed.

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Rows of seats are carted away.

Before coming to Moses Lake for recycling, this airplane made about 100 flights over several months as our team tested more than 15 technologies. With NASA, the ecoDemonstrator 757 tested bug-phobic coatings on the right wing and Active Flow Control on the vertical tail.

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Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, captures bugs near Shreveport Regional Airport in Louisiana as a team from Boeing prepares the 757 ecoDemonstrator for “bug phobic” testing. John Parker photo.

Boeing also tested a Krueger shield to reduce insect contamination on the left wing’s leading edge and electronic windows powered by solar and thermal energy. We also flew with a biofuel blend of US-made green diesel.

Next up, Boeing and Embraer plan to conduct ecoDemonstrator tests with an Embraer airplane in 2016. We look forward to continuing this successful program with environmental benefits far into the future.

300 and counting

It’s been a busy day at both our Everett and North Charleston delivery centers with several 787 deliveries. Earlier today, we reached another program milestone when we delivered the 300th Dreamliner.

To date, nearly 55 million passengers have flown on 787s across the globe. That’s 294,000 revenue departures, 1.5 million revenue flight hours and 659 million revenue miles flown.

Along the way, our airline customers have saved 2.5 billion pounds of fuel. And we certainly appreciate their endorsements of the airplane. Just today, LOT Polish Airlines announced new routes—saying flights operated with the Dreamliner are the most profitable part of their business.

We also continue to welcome new customers to the 787 family. Scoot took its first 787 earlier this year, and Vietnam Airlines will officially receive their first airplane soon.

Congrats to the team on today’s milestone—and thank you customers for putting those airplanes to work.

Building momentum

We came into today’s second quarter earnings with some great momentum. Just yesterday, FedEx ordered 50 more 767 Freighters. It’s the biggest ever single order for the 767 across all models.

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FedEx placed the largest single order ever for the 767.

Also yesterday, EVA Air finalized its order for five 777 Freighters that was originally announced during the Paris Air Show.

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EVA firmed up an order for 777 Freighters this week.

Those two orders are a strong endorsement of our family of freighters, and speak to the success we’re seeing across our entire product lineup this year. In fact, we captured $13 billion of net orders during the second quarter, pushing our backlog to nearly 5,700 aircraft valued at $431 billion.

777 orders and commitments for the year are now at 44, keeping us on track for a successful bridge to the 777X.

On the deliveries side, we saw a record 197 airplanes go out the door in the second quarter, keeping us on track to set a new industry delivery record of between 750 to 755 airplanes by the end of this year.

Other key milestones in the quarter included the start of wing assembly on the first 737 MAX and the completion of Critical Design Review on the 787-10.

As Boeing begins its 100th year, there’s a lot to be excited about. Thanks to all of our customers for their confidence, and congratulations to our entire Boeing team for a strong performance. This video shows some of our other accomplishments in the second quarter.

Back by popular demand

Football season is still several weeks away, but the Boeing team is obviously ready to get started.

Today in Everett, we rolled out the latest 747-8 Freighter to be painted in a Seattle Seahawks livery. You’ll remember that we used a different 747-8 to pull off a salute to the Hawks in the days leading up to their Super Bowl XLVIII victory in 2014.

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The latest 747-8 Freighter to be painted in a Seahawks livery rolls out of the paint hangar in Everett. All photos by Katie Lomax.

The livery of this airplane is similar to the previous one, with a few changes. We rolled it out early so it can take part in a flyover during the Boeing Seafair Air Show at Lake Washington in Seattle on August 2.

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Boeing is once again a sponsor of the Seahawks this season, and has partnered with the team for more than a decade on programs in the Puget Sound area. We’re proud to show our spirit and wish the Hawks more success in the season ahead.

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Raise the roof

I wanted to share the very latest pictures from the construction of our 777X Composite Wing Center in Everett. The progress over the past few weeks has been nothing short of stunning.

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An aerial view shows the building is quickly getting a roof over its head.

The roof over the massive 1.3 million square foot building is nearly complete, and the walls are also going up at a rapid pace.

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Inside the 777X Composite Wing Center on July 14.

The team also reached a milestone just a few days ago, completing the area where the autoclave vendor can start installation.

Speaking of autoclaves, the first of three giant autoclaves— some of the largest in the world— is also nearly completed.

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The first of three autoclaves for 777X wings is nearly completed.

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Crews work inside the autoclave.

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This will be the door of the massive autoclave.

Bottom line, the home of the 777X wing is on track to be finished in May of 2016.

First impression

I’m incredibly impressed by what some of our airline customers are doing with the interiors of their new 777-300ERs. China Airlines made headlines when it showed off its award-winning design during the Paris Air Show. And today, SWISS unveiled its new cabin layout and route plans.

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SWISS 777-300ER

We’re proud that the 777-300ER will be the flagship for SWISS when it takes delivery of the first of nine airplanes in January. The layout will be three classes—all with wireless internet.

The SWISS First Class seat transforms into your own private suite that includes a 32-inch screen, electric window blinds and your own wardrobe.

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SWISS First Class

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SWISS Business Class seats have the option to be converted into a lie-flat bed.

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SWISS Business Class

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SWISS Economy passengers will get new seat-cushion technology and a large personal touchscreen.

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SWISS Economy

SWISS will use the 777-300ER primarily from Switzerland to Hong Kong, Bangkok and Los Angeles. San Francisco, São Paulo and Tel Aviv will also see 777 service several times a week.

Congratulations to SWISS on a brilliant design. You can see more in the YouTube video below.

Halfway there

The numbers for the first half of 2015 are in today. And one of the stats is a new record.

We delivered 197 airplanes in the second quarter of this year. That’s two more airplanes than our previous quarterly record set in the fourth quarter of last year.

In total, we’ve delivered 381 airplanes through the end of June. That’s 39 more than the same time last year.

On the orders side, we booked 5 new orders for the 787 in the past week—bringing our net order total for the year to 281.

As we turn our focus to the remainder of the year, here’s a look back at my favorite images from the first six months. We’re halfway there!

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January: Manaus Airport in Brazil becomes the 100th airport Cargolux operates to with the 747-8 Freighter.

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February: The 100th 777 Freighter is delivered to China Southern.

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February: This aerial photo shows construction of the 777X Composite Wing Center in Everett.

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March: Employees build 10 consecutive 747-8 Intercontinentals, the first time that’s ever happened in the Everett factory.

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March: The ecoDemonstrator 757 kicks off a new round of testing with three significant environmental technologies.

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March: The first 787-9 delivered from Boeing South Carolina, for United Airlines, is pictured here outside our North Charleston delivery center. This airplane is also the 250th 787 to be delivered.

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March: Cargolux took delivery of their 30th 747 with a special decal saluting the Father of the 747—Joe Sutter.

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April: Employees of American Airlines celebrate their 787 fleet.

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April: United’s newest 737-900ER marks its 10 year anniversary of supporting the March of Dimes. Jim Anderson photo.

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May: Flyaway of the 100th 767 Freighter, this one for FedEx.

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May: Assembly begins on the very first 737 MAX.

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May: The women of United Airlines and Boeing celebrate an all-female delivery.

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June: The 787-9 for Vietnam Airlines wows the crowd at the Paris Air Show.

Innovation honor

The 787-8 Dreamliner is now part of some very distinguished company. Mike Sinnett, our VP of Product Development and former 787 chief project engineer, along with the 787-8 development team received the 2015 Elmer A. Sperry Award.

The award recognizes a distinguished engineering contribution that has advanced transportation and stimulated innovation.

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The 787-8, seen here during its first flight, is the winner of this year’s Sperry Award.

The team was recognized for their “pioneering engineering advances including lightweight composite wings and monolithic composite fuselage construction and advanced systems that have led to significant improvements in fuel efficiency, reduced carbon emission, reduced maintenance costs and increased passenger comfort.”

This is the third Sperry Award given to employees of Boeing—the most ever for a single company. In 1965, a Boeing team received the honor for developing the 707, 720 and 727. And the 1980 Award went to Joe Sutter’s 747 team.

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Mike Sinnett (left) accepts this year’s Sperry Award.

We’re proud the 787-8 team is continuing the legacy of innovation that Boeing is known for—and we thank the Sperry Award committee for their recognition.

 

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