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All things MAX

After our big 737 MAX order from Vietjet earlier this week, I thought it would be a good time to discuss all things MAX. I hope you enjoy my latest podcast below.

Winging it

It was a grand day in Everett as we celebrated the grand opening of our new 777X Composite Wing Center.

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An aerial view of the 777X Composite Wing Center.

The facility itself is immense - big enough to contain more than 20 football fields. At 1.3 million square feet, this is the largest facility Boeing has built in the Puget Sound region since the early 1990s, when we expanded the Everett final assembly building to produce the original 777.

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The giant 777X autoclave bakes composite wings— and could also bake 200,000 pizzas at the same time.

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31,000 tons of steel make up this $1 billion investment for the 777X in Everett.

The $1 billion investment will be a key part of making the new composite wing for the 777X.

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Coming soon— the 777X itself.

We look forward to putting this facility to work. Be sure to also check out this video that shows all the work that went into making this building a reality.

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Cutting the ribbon on the new 777X wing center.

Co-branded

We were proud to celebrate the delivery of the world’s first co-branded 777 to China Airlines this week. This airplane is also the 10th 777-300ER for the airline.

In 2004, China Airlines became the first airline in the world to use a Boeing co-branded livery on its latest 747-400. Thanks for making history with us again during our Centennial year.

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All in the family

I wanted to share some beautiful new photos of the 737 MAX flight test family. We’re excited that all four test airplanes are now in the air. Enjoy!

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MAX #1 flying over downtown Seattle. Paul Weatherman photo.

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MAX #2 in La Paz, Bolivia. Ruben Cuellar photo.

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MAX #3 during its first flight in April. John D. Parker photo.

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The entire MAX test fleet at Boeing Field. Paul Weatherman photo.

Do you know the way to San Jose?

Last month, I looked at how the 787 had opened up more than 100 new nonstop routes worldwide. And now, British Airways has launched the first ever nonstop service between London and San Jose using a 787-9.

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The 787-9 for British Airways that launched service between San Jose and London.

The new route is a daily service and the first to connect San Jose directly with Europe. British Airways’ 787-9 seats 216 customers across four cabins, including a new eight suite first class. It’s just another great example of the capabilities the 787 brings to our customers.

You can check out the British Airways 787-9 first class cabin in the video below.

Fleet complete

Our 737 MAX test fleet is now complete, as airplane #4 is now up and flying. All four airplanes have now combined for more than 100 flights. Airplanes #1 and #4 are in the Boeing livery, while airplanes #2 and #3 are in the “light” livery.

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The fourth and final MAX test airplane takes off from Renton Field. Monica Wehri photo.

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

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MAX #2 in the skies of California. John D. Parker photo.

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The first MAX test airplane is seen here. Paul Weatherman photo.

 

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