July 2016 Archives

Second quarter highlights

Looking back on the second quarter of 2016, we have a lot to be proud of. We booked 152 net orders and delivered 199 airplanes, tying the highest number of airplanes delivered in a quarter.

The 787 program increased its production rate to 12-per-month, setting a new Boeing and industry standard for twin-aisle production. And the 737 MAX program rolled out its first two production airplanes.

As we move ahead in the year, here’s a look back at some of the other highlights from our second quarter in photos—and our full first half of the year in this video.


  • The 737 MAX completes high-altitude testing in La Paz, Bolivia - the first international trip for the MAX flight-test program.

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

  • Vietjet finalizes an order for 100 737 MAX 200s, in the largest-ever commercial airplane purchase in Vietnam’s history.
  • In a tribute to Boeing’s centennial, Alaska Airlines takes delivery of a 737-900ER painted in a special Centennial livery.

A flying salute to Boeing’s Centennial from Alaska Airlines. Tim McGuire photo.


  • Iron Maiden flies into Paine Field on the band’s specially outfitted 747, known as Ed Force One.

Ed Force One arrives in Everett.

  • 767 production rate rises to 2 per month, up from 1.5, amid renewed market demand.


  • The 777X Composite Wing Center, Boeing’s largest Puget Sound facility since the 1990s, has its grand opening in Everett.

The giant 777X autoclave inside our Composite Wing Center in Everett.

  • A 70th 777 goes to Air France, which was the launch customer for the 777-300ER in 2004 and the 777 Freighter in 2009.


  • A United Airlines 787-9 flies the longest scheduled 787 nonstop service of any airline in the world, on a newly launched route between San Francisco and Singapore.

I was lucky enough to be on board the first 787 flight between SFO and SIN.

  • The 787-10 is ready to integrate into production. Final assembly is scheduled to begin by year-end at Boeing South Carolina.
  • Boeing marks its 400th 787 Dreamliner delivery - handing over the airplane to low-cost carrier Scoot.

Moves by MAX

If you thought the 787’s flying display video was amazing, wait until you see what the 737 MAX can do. Today, we posted video of the MAX rehearsing for its air show debut in Farnborough earlier this month. I think you’ll agree that its moves are stunning. Enjoy the video captured in Moses Lake, Wash. below.

Tale of two forecasts

I’m back from the Farnborough Airshow, where we unveiled our new Current Market Outlook for airplane demand over the next 20 years.

Airbus came out with its own forecast at the air show, once again predicting a big demand for very large airplanes— only to announce a production rate cut for the A380 the next day.

In the latest edition of my podcast, I take a closer look at the differences between the Boeing and Airbus forecasts. Click below to listen.

Birthday bash

A busy week at the Farnborough Airshow ended with a huge birthday bash to celebrate Boeing’s 100th birthday in Seattle. My favorite moment of the day came at Boeing Field, where the entire Boeing 7-series gathered for a photo lineup. To see each airplane, check out this video.


707: Omega Air Refueling, 717: Delta, 727: United (donated to Museum of Flight), 737: Alaska’s Centennial themed 900ER, 747-8F: Cathay Pacific, 757: United, 767F: FedEx, 777: Emirates, 787: ANA


The day started with Boeing employees from around the company ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. That was followed by the raising of a Boeing flag on top of Seattle’s famous Space Needle at exactly 7:15am Pacific time.



The day ended with an amazing light show featuring historic photos, videos and animation projected onto Boeing airplanes. You can see it in the video below. Thanks to everyone for helping us celebrate this special milestone.

Wrapping up Farnborough

Another busy air show has come to a close at Farnborough. As usual, the flying display each day was the highlight. What amazed everyone is how the 737 MAX did a near-vertical takeoff— similar to the 787.


The 737 MAX during the flying display at Farnborough. All airplane photos by Marian Lockhart.




The 787 in ANA livery takes to the skies of Farnborough.



We finished the air show with 182 orders and commitments from our great customers, valued at almost $27 billion. Our year to date net order total now stands at 321 airplanes. We also got to spend time with our partners and suppliers who are helping us continue to out-deliver the competition and stay right on track with our development programs.


Here’s me speaking with the media in front of the 737 MAX.

While I spent a lot of time doing media interviews, our team also got a chance to enjoy some local traditions— including a night of Cricket.


Warming up for Cricket.

Finally, Boeing turns 100 tomorrow. I’m proud to say I’ve been with the company for a third of its history. To all Boeing employees past and present, thanks for making this such an amazing place to come to work every day. I hope you take time to celebrate this incredible milestone— and cheers to the next 100 years.

Tuesday roundup

For the most part, the heavy rain stayed away on Day 2 of the Farnborough Airshow. In fact., both the 787-9 and 737 MAX were able to take part in the flying display this afternoon after being washed out by heavy storms on Monday.


Dark clouds couldn’t keep the 787 from taking part in today’s flying display at Farnborough. Marian Lockhart photo.

Boeing’s Centennial Experience pavilion also proved to be a major attraction, drawing thousands of people by the exhibition’s second day. Visitors to the exhibit get a hands-on way to learn about the company’s products, technology and people—featuring 11 interactive exhibits..


Boeing’s Centennial Experience pavilion uses hands-on exhibits to immerse visitors in Boeing’s past, present and future. Marian Lockhart photo.

We had plenty of customer announcements today as well, with the 737 MAX leading the way. TUI finalized an order for 10 MAX 8s and one 787-9. Air Lease Corporation ordered six MAX 8s. China’s Kunming Airlines announced an MOU for 10 MAX 7s, while an unidentified Chinese customer committed to buy 30 737s—a mix of MAX and NGs.

We also finalized the terms of Volga-Dnepr’s 20 747-8 Freighters. During the ceremony, Volga showed off the capability of the 747-8 by loading the U.K.’s top contender for the title of World’s Fastest Car— the Supersonic Bloodhound SSC — into its nose of the Freighter.


The nose cargo door on the 747-8.

I’ll fill you in on all the activities on Day 3 tomorrow.

Rainy days and Mondays

A flurry of order activity to start Day 1 of the Farnborough Airshow ended with a torrential downpour that forced the show to close early on Monday.


An epic rain storm falls on Farnborough.

While the 787 and 737 MAX weren’t able to fly due to the rain storm that flooded several areas of the show grounds, that didn’t stop both airplanes from gaining customer orders.

China’s Xiamen Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding for up to 30 737 MAX 200s. Donghai Airlines signed an Intent to Purchase 25 737 MAX 8s, along with five 787-9s.


Later, the 737 MAX was at the core of Boeing’s biggest ever services contract announcement. Norwegian committed to expanding GoldCare coverage from its existing 787 fleet to its entire fleet of 108 737 MAXs on order.


Commercial Airlines president and CEO Ray Conner and Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian, after Norwegian signed Boeing’s biggest ever services contract announcement.

We also announced that we’re moving forward with an improved 737 MAX 7— an airplane that will give our customers more seats and more range.


I had the pleasure of unveiling our new 20-year forecast, the Current Market Outlook. We’re projecting the demand for 39,620 new airplanes, a 4.1-percent increase over last year’s forecast. Those airplanes are valued at $5.9 trillion.


The single-aisle market will be especially strong, and there’s no question the heart of that segment is around the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 and the current 737-800. Airplanes that size already account for 76 percent of the global single-aisle backlog, and our products have the clear advantage in that space.

With any luck, we’ll get the MAX and 787 in the air tomorrow. More to come from Farnborough.

Countdown to Farnborough

Greetings from the UK where I’m with the team getting ready for tomorrow’s kickoff of the Farnborough Airshow. The photos below show the 737 MAX and ANA’s 787-9, which have been going through preparations for the daily flying display.


The 737 MAX at Farnborough. All photos by Marian Lockhart.


The newest 787-9 for ANA sits outside the Boeing chalet.

I’m looking forward to unveiling our new Current Market Outlook on Monday—and of course we’ll have some customer announcements as well.


Looking forward to the daily flying display.

I’ll be sharing my thoughts throughout the week, so be sure to check in.

Deliveries matter

As our team starts heading for the Farnborough Airshow, our mid-year numbers are out.

While we lead the way in both orders and deliveries, my mantra is still the same: it’s deliveries that matter.

Through the end of June, we’ve delivered 375 airplanes. That includes 68 of our 787 Dreamliners.

On the orders side, we now stand at 288 net orders through July 5.

Just this week, the 737 MAX picked up another 25 orders. The fastest-selling jet in Boeing history now has 3,243 total orders.


The 737 MAX over downtown Seattle.

We look forward to showing off the MAX next week in the flying display at Farnborough—as well as ANA’s newest 787-9 seen in the amazing video below practicing for the show. I’ll be blogging all next week from Farnborough, so stay tuned.

BBJ Birthday

Boeing Business Jets is celebrating its 20th birthday. What started in 1996 as an idea to formally sell 737s as business jets has now become so much more. BBJ has sold 239 airplanes of every commercial model Boeing offers to businesses, governments, charter companies and private individuals. Happy 20th!


The first BBJ takes to the skies during flight testing in 1999.


The first BBJ being assembled in Renton in 1998.


Blended winglets are certified for BBJs in 2000.


The first BBJ with lower cabin altitude is delivered in 2007.


The first 747-8 BBJ is delivered in 2012.


A BBJ lands in Antarctica in 2014.


The first turnkey BBJ is delivered in 2014.


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