November 2015 Archives

747-8 Challenge

Dense fog prevented anyone from seeing the Seattle Seahawks 747-8 Freighter as it performed a flyover during yesterday’s game at CenturyLink Field. But fans did get a chance to see kicker Steven Hauschka and punter Jon Ryan take the “Boeing 747-8 Challenge.”

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Ryan and Hauschka get ready for the 747-8 Challenge.

In a video played on the big screen during the game, Ryan attempted to punt the ball the length of the airplane. And Hauschka had to kick the ball into the freighter’s nose cargo door.

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The 747-8 Freighter in Seahawks livery.

See how they did by watching the video here.

Humanitarian delivery

I had the pleasure of taking part in a delivery event yesterday at Boeing Field, as Biman Bangladesh Airlines celebrated its first direct-purchased 737-800.

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The first direct-purchased 737-800 for Biman Bangladesh awaits delivery at Boeing Field. All photos by Jim Anderson.

The Dhaka-based airline is undergoing a fleet modernization plan, and currently operates a total of six 777s and two 737-800s. With this delivery, they add one additional 737-800—with four 787 Dreamliners on order.

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The airline also used the delivery flight to ship humanitarian supplies back to Bangladesh. Congratulations to everyone at Biman.

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Best of What's New

The world’s largest science and technology magazine, Popular Science, has named the 777X as one of the 2015 “Best of What’s New” winners in the aerospace category.

The awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 12 categories from aviation to health.

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Saying “wing size matters,” editors singled out the 777X for its new composite wings that will deliver greater efficiency and fuel savings to our airline customers.

Magazine editors reviewed thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year. The winners are featured in the December issue of Popular Science, and we’re thrilled to make the list.

Double delivery

Double deliveries of an aircraft model are often significant. But the fly-away this week of two 747-8 Freighters for AirBridgeCargo was even more special - marking the 99th and 100th deliveries for the 747-8.

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A double delivery to AirBridgeCargo. Katie Lomax photo.

The carrier will deploy the airplanes this winter on its expanding network that links Europe, Asia and the United States.

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ABC’s fleet now consists of eight 747-8 Freighters, five 747-400 Extended Range Freighters, and two 747-400 Freighters.

It was October of 2011 when we delivered the very first 747-8, a 747-8 Freighter to Cargolux. Since then, we’ve delivered a total of 63 747-8 Freighters, 29 747-8 Intercontinentals and eight BBJ 747-8s.

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The first 747-8 ever delivered— a 747-8 Freighter for Cargolux. Gail Hanusa photo.

The 747-8 has now racked up more than 870,000 flight hours and is being used roughly 12 hours a day by 15 customers around the world.

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Congratulations to all of our 747-8 employees for reaching the 100th delivery—and thanks to all of our customers flying the Queen of the Skies.

Dubai wrap

Hello from Dubai, where I’ve spent the past week at the Dubai Airshow. This region is a very important customer base for Boeing’s widebody airplanes, with major airlines like Emirates (our largest 777/777X customer), Etihad and Qatar. flydubai also plays prominently in the single aisle market.

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A flydubai 737 and the 25th 787 for Qatar were on display in Dubai.

Middle East airlines account for about 30 percent of our twin-aisle backlog—and the region also has a huge amount of potential for growth, rivaling the Asia market in terms of opportunity for widebody airplanes. We’re forecasting a demand for more than 3,100 new airplanes in the Middle East over the next 20 years, valued at $730 billion.

I wanted to share some of the photos from my time in Dubai. It was quite an experience, especially a concert from singer Katy Perry.

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This is probably as close as I’ll ever get to the stage at a Katy Perry concert.

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Inside the exhibit hall at the Dubai Airshow.

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Clowning around at one of the exhibits.

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Our friends from FedEx were in Dubai. We appreciate their recent order of 50 767 Freighters.

October tally

October turned out to be another strong month when it came to getting airplanes into the hands of our customers.

We delivered 58 airplanes, bringing our year to date total to 638. One year ago, our year to date total stood at 590. That’s a pretty remarkable jump. Congratulations to our teams for that accomplishment.

Deliveries for the month included 39 737s, 11 787s, six 777s, one 767 and one 747. A total of 39 different customers accounted for those airplanes.

As always, the final weeks of 2015 will be a very busy time in our Everett, Renton and North Charleston factories. But it will also be a very exciting time as the first 737 MAX continues to make its way down the line in Renton—and as the Everett site continues to prepare for the 777X.

Global star

It’s hard to believe that Qatar Airways now has 25 787s in its fleet. We delivered airplane numbers 24 and 25 to the airline today in Everett.

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Dreamliner #25 for Qatar Airways.

Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker said something about the Dreamliner during today’s ceremony that really stood out to me: “What was once just a dream is now a global star.”

We appreciate the endorsement— and we’re proud to keep putting those airplanes into your hands. Enjoy these photos of the delivery ceremony from Boeing photographer Colleen Pfeilschiefter.

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The 24th 787 for Qatar (left) and the 25th 787 for Qatar (right) frame the delivery ceremony.

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The 25th Dreamliner for Qatar with the airline’s newest 777-300ER in the background.

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Making it official with a signing ceremony.

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Cutting the ribbon on a milestone.

Cool customers

We take great pride in the airplanes our employees design and build at Boeing. And we also take pride in the great things our airline customers do with those airplanes. Here’s a look at some recent highlights.

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Lufthansa launched its first 747-8 passenger flight into Johannesburg.

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Air New Zealand started flying its 787-9 to Fiji.

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Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of a new 777 Freighter loaded with humanitarian supplies.

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Garuda Indonesia rolled out a new 777-300ER in a special SkyTeam livery.

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Thomson Airways invited the public to name its new 787.

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Air Canada started 787 service between Toronto and Delhi.

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WestJet began flying its 737 painted in a “Frozen” livery.

 

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