Third quarter highlights

Boeing reported third quarter earnings today, with several highlights from Commercial Airplanes taking center stage. We booked 107 net orders during the quarter. Our backlog remains strong with more than 5,600 airplanes valued at $409 billion. Delivery guidance for the year was increased 5 airplanes to between 745 and 750 deliveries.

Here’s a look at some of our key accomplishments:


  • 737 MAX completes Service Ready Operational Validation with launch customer Southwest Airlines, flying test airplane No. 4 to simulate real-world operations.

The 737 MAX is towed to the Southwest Airlines hangar at Love Field in Dallas as part of Service Ready Operational Validation testing.

  • 737 MAX 9 production begins as the first wing spar is loaded.
  • 737 MAX completes community noise testing in Glasgow, Mont., to validate that the airplane is 40 percent quieter than today’s Next-Generation 737.

Looking up at the 737 MAX as it takes to the skies over the great expanse of Glasgow, Montana for community noise testing. Beneath the wings, new engines feature the latest Boeing designed nacelle, all part of decreasing noise levels of the airplane. Leo Dijillas photo.

  • Design improvements announced for the MAX 7 to provide more seats, greater fuel efficiency and increased range.


  • U.S. Air Force issues a contract for the second phase of risk-reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program for the 747-8.
  • Boeing and Volga-Dnepr Group finalize terms for the acquisition of 20 747-8 Freighters, including four airplanes that have already been delivered.
  • U.S. Air Force approves low-rate initial production of the KC-46A tanker.


  • Touch screens are introduced in the 777X forward displays, a first in commercial aviation.
  • Boeing announces it has produced the world’s largest solid 3-D printed item, a 777X wing trim and drill tool, in a record confirmed by Guinness World Records.

At 17.5 feet long, 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall, the 3D printed structure is comparable in length to a large sport utility vehicle and weighs about 1,650 pounds.

  • Boeing continues to invest in today’s 777, delivering the first airplane with the 2 percent performance improvement package.


  • Boeing marks the fifth anniversary of the first delivery of the 787 on Sept. 26, 2011, to launch customer ANA.
  • ANA, Boeing’s largest 787 customer, receives its 50th Dreamliner.

ANA’s 50th 787. Tim Stake photo.

  • Boeing South Carolina ships the aftbody and midbody sections of the 500th 787 Dreamliner to Everett where it enters final assembly.
  • The first 787-10 midbody sections arrived at Boeing South Carolina.

Comments (2)

Greg (San Jose, CA):

"The first 787-10 midbody sections ..."

I noted the plural form of the word used.

The "extended center fuselage section" as noted here:

is then assembled in Charleston, SC from those "midbody sections" delivered by the suppliers in Japan and Italy.

For the -10, the extended center fuselage section assembled in Charleston is too long to fit inside the Dreamlifter.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

Wow, already the first components of the 787-10 is coming together in SC and the 737 MAX 9 components are coming together , great job. The touch screens on the 777X sounds amazing.

Post a comment

We welcome your comments. However all comments are moderated and may not post immediately. Offensive or off-topic comments will not be posted. We will not treat any comments you submit as confidential information. Please do not submit comments that contain any confidential information belonging to anyone else.

By submitting a comment to Randy's Journal, you agree to our site terms and privacy policy, and to having your name displayed with your comment. All or part of your comment may be posted or cited in the blog. Your name and personal information will not be used for any other purpose, and we will not publish your e-mail address.


More posts