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Looking back on the second quarter of 2016, Boeing has 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.

Here’s a look back at some of the other highlights from Boeing’s second quarter in photos—and the 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.
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.


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: Second Quarter Highlights


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