UPDATED: Boeing Statement on Malaysia Airlines MH370

Today, the Boeing Company released and statement concerning Malaysia Airlines MH370. A few days ago Malaysia PM blamed the aircraft manufacturer for the disaster, questioning the aircraft’s communication system that failed to track the missing jet and the duration of the ELT’s batteries.

Today the Boeing 777 manufacturer answered with the following statement.

“Since day one, the families and loved ones of those aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been in our thoughts and prayers. Our goal, along with the entire global aviation community, is to find out what happened to the airplane—and why.

Boeing is actively engaged as technical advisor to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, sharing our technical expertise and analysis with the Malaysian investigation team and supporting the ongoing search. While all updates and information must come from Malaysian authorities, we are working with all parties in hopes of bringing this to a resolution as soon as possible.

Boeing will participate in and support the effort to find effective and efficient ways to enhance global tracking of airplanes.”

Capt. Ivan

Boeing Media Room.

Boeing Delivers 8.000th 737 to United Airlines


With the successful rate increase to 42 737s per month under their belts, employees in the 737 program recently took a short break from building airplanes to celebrate their latest successes.

Local government officials and suppliers from around the world attended the event, and heard how the 737 team simultaneously improved safety and quality while getting ready to build more airplanes each month.

“The past year has been a busy one for the program. You not only worked on increasing production for the third time in four years, you also improved quality and made our site safer,” said Beverly Wyse, 737 vice president and general manager.

“Improving safety and quality — two goals at the top of our list — help increase our productivity,” Wyse said. “That’s what it takes to stay competitive in the current environment.”

The event featured a performance by ILuminate, dancers who perform in the dark to create illuminated characters — including 737s. A United Airlines airplane formed the stage’s backdrop, as Ron Baur, vice president Fleet for United Airlines, joined Wyse.

United will receive the 737 program’s 8,000th delivery this week, and Baur emphasized how important quality and reliability are for customers.

“Quality means delivering airplanes on schedule with no defects, not delivering airplanes on time with issues,” Baur said.  If airplanes aren’t ready to go directly into service when they are delivered, it costs the airline money, disrupts schedules and hurts the reputation of both companies, he said.

Baur’s message hit home with Marius Mean of 737 Quality Assurance.
“We have a lot of pride in what we do and we’re working to make sure that every plane that comes out is defect-free,” Mean said.

Baur also thanked the 737 employees for building more great airplanes.

“As we aggressively replace our older, less efficient airplanes, United Airlines is counting on you to build dependable airplanes, and increasing the rate to 42 airplanes-per-month allows us to do this even faster,” said Baur.

 

Source:  Boeing Media Room

 

Amazing Livery! – Boeing Rolls Out of Paint Shop First B787-9 for Air NZ

Today rolled out of the paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner to be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand, revealing the carrier’s new-look livery.

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The airplane, painted in a distinctive black color scheme, features the iconic official New Zealand Fern Mark.
“It’s great to see the Koru and the beautiful New Zealand fern emblazoned on this aircraft. This will soon be the first 787-9 aircraft anywhere in the world to operate commercially and I think it will instill a sense of pride in Kiwis and turn heads when it touches down at airports throughout Asia and the Pacific,” said Capt. David Morgan, Air New Zealand Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer.

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This 787-9 is the first airplane to feature the distinctive black version of Air New Zealand’s new-look livery design, with the white version having been gradually rolled out across the airline’s domestic fleet in recent months.

While the majority of Air New Zealand’s fleet will eventually feature the white version, a limited number will feature the signature black version. “With the unveiling of this beautiful airplane and our continued progress in flight test, this is an exciting time for the entire 787-9 team,” said Mark Jenks, vice president, 787 Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to delivering the first 787-9 to Air New Zealand.”

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Air New Zealand plans to have the airplane begin service on its Auckland-Perth route later this year. Air New Zealand has 10 787-9s on order.

The 787-9 will complement and extend the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 m) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 km) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

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The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

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Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 405 787-9s, accounting for approximately 39 percent of all 787 orders.

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Source:  Boeing Media Room

Photos:  Boeing Co.

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