October 2015 Archives

Third quarter accomplishments

It was another strong quarter for Boeing, with a lot of great accomplishments on the Commercial Airplanes side of the business.

During the third quarter, we delivered a record 199 airplanes— 7 percent more than the same time last year. Those deliveries included the 325th 787.

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The 787 factory in Everett.

We began final assembly of the 737 MAX and achieved power-on for the first airplane. This is an important milestone because it’s the first time systems on the airplane are integrated and talking to each other.

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New large flight deck displays are lit up in the first 737 MAX flight deck demonstrating that power is on. Marian Lockhart photo.

Korean Air took delivery of the first of 10 747-8 Intercontinentals, and we painted another 747-8 Freighter in an updated Seattle Seahawks livery.

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The first 747-8 Intercontinental for Korean Air.

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A 747-8 Freighter in Seahawks livery. Katie Lomax photo.

FedEx ordered 50 767 Freighters— the largest-ever single order for the 767. The program also announced it will increase its production rate to 2.5 airplanes per month beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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FedEx placed a record order for the 767 program.

We completed firm configuration on the 777X and began implementing the advanced, automated fuselage production technology (also known as FAUB) on the 777 line which will improve safety, quality and flow time, and ensure a smooth transition to the 777X.

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The Fuselage Automated Upright Build, or FAUB.

Delivery guidance for the year is being bumped up by five airplanes to 755 to 760 units.

Our focus for the rest of this year remains on delivering airplanes to our customers as quickly as possible. With a backlog of nearly 5,700 airplanes valued $426 billion—that’s a lot of work to do. And we look forward to the challenge.

You can check out more third quarter highlights in this video.

Growing for the future

Today, a little more than a year and half after we first started construction, we officially opened our newly expanded Seattle Delivery Center at Boeing Field.

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The newly expanded Seattle Delivery Center.

This enhanced delivery center will be key in our 737 production plans. It more than doubles the size of the old facility and features three covered jetways—looking more like a small airport. It’s just one of the investments we’ve recently made across the Puget Sound region.

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The flightline shows all the 737s waiting to be delivered at our Seattle Delivery Center.

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This beautiful new center will not only give our airline customers a world-class facility to pick up their new airplanes, but it will give us the room we need as the 737 program continues to go up in production rate.

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Cutting the ribbon to officially open the expanded Seattle Delivery Center.

The Seattle Delivery Center has delivered more than 12,000 commercial airplanes from Boeing Field since the first Boeing 707 was delivered in 1958. We look forward to delivering many more airplanes from this fresh new space.

787 growing in Middle East

I always like to point out when our 787 customers take delivery of their first airplane. Over the weekend, Oman Air took delivery of the first of six 787-8s.

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The airline will deploy the Dreamliner on routes to Saudi Arabia and Europe. Oman is the fourth airline in the Middle East to take delivery of the 787.

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Boeing now has eight 787 customers in the Middle East with 175 Dreamliners ordered and 140 in backlog.

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Congrats to Oman Air and enjoy this beautiful airplane.

Delivery record

Employees at our factories and delivery centers have outdone themselves once again. In the 3rd quarter, we delivered 199 airplanes. That’s a new all-time quarterly record for Boeing, topping the previous record of 197 set during the 2nd quarter of this year.

Year to date, we’ve delivered 580 airplanes—including 101 787s.

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The 787 factory in Everett.

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787 final assembly in North Charleston.

These record deliveries don’t just happen. It takes a lot of planning and execution. Bottom line—it’s all part of our goal to get airplanes into the hands of our customers as quickly as possible.

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The 737 factory in Renton.

Congratulations to everyone at our Everett, Renton and North Charleston factories—and the teams at our delivery centers in Everett, Seattle and North Charleston.

 

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