April 29, 2016
Boeing’s year kicked off with the first flight of the 737 MAX, and the company has had the chance to celebrate a lot of other milestones and events with its airline customers. Here’s a look back.
- 737 MAX completes a successful first flight, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program.
- 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.
- 747-8 surpasses 1 million flight hours since the October 2011 entry into service.
- 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.
- 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 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.”
- 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.
The original blog post can be found on Randy’s Journal, a blog of thoughts and observations hosted by Randy Tinseth, vice president marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes: First quarter reflections
The overview of Boeing First-Quarter Results can be found on the official Boeing Newsroom of the 27th April 2016.RandysJournal