The Aviation Blog

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


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.

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