First quarter reflections

In keeping with tradition, I wanted to look back at some of our first quarter highlights now that we’ve reported our earnings.

The year kicked off with the first flight of the 737 MAX, and we’ve had the chance to celebrate a lot of other milestones and events with our airline customers. Here’s a look back.

  • 737 MAX completes a successful first flight, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program.

A spectacular view from Lake Washington as the first MAX takes off for its first flight. Matthew Thompson photo.


Air to air photo of the third MAX test airplane. John D. Parker photo.

  • Boeing delivers the 8,888th 737 to come off the line to Xiamen Airlines. Eight is considered a fortunate number in Chinese culture, and the airplane has a special livery to commemorate the airplane’s significance.

The 8,888th 737 is delivered. Paul Gordon photo.

  • 747-8 surpasses 1 million flight hours since the October 2011 entry into service.

One of Lufthansa’s 747-8s.

  • Continuing the Boeing tradition of building presidential aircraft, the 747 is awarded a U.S. Air Force contract for risk-reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program.
  • FedEx exercises its option to purchase one 767 Freighter.
  • CAS launches the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter program with 30 orders and 25 commitments from seven customers.

The 737-800 BCF.

  • Air China orders six 777-300ERs.
  • SWISS receives its first 777-300ER, which becomes the flagship of its long-haul fleet.
  • Qatar Airways takes its 50th 777.

The 50th 777 for Qatar. Tim Stake photo.

  • The third and final round of 777X low-speed wind-tunnel testing begins at QinetiQ in Farnborough, UK.
  • Turkish Airlines teams with Warner Bros. to create a splashy 777 livery that spotlights the movie, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

A superhero themed 777.

  • Major assembly of the first 787-10 begins.
  • 787 program moves to 12 per month rate in final assembly.
  • Boeing South Carolina delivers the 100th 787 built at the North Charleston site, a 787-8 for American Airlines.

Celebrating the delivery of the 100th 787 built by Boeing South Carolina. Alan Marts photo.

Comments (1)

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

the 737-800 freighter looks very interesting. I can imagine FedEx Express attaining quite a few 737 freighter conversions. It seems that Turkish Airlines did well for themselves on decorating one of their 777s with Superman vs. Batman. Yeah the reviews were so-so but the bucks rolled in and I think the viewers were entertained.

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