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Boeing sets airplane delivery record, finishes 2017 with larger order book

The first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Boeing delivered more commercial airplanes than any manufacturer for the sixth consecutive year and set an industry record with 763 deliveries in 2017, driven by high output of the market-leading 737 and 787 jets. At the same time, the company grew its backlog with 912 net orders, reflecting healthy demand for its single-aisle and twin-aisle airplanes.

Boeing reached a new high on the 737 program as it raised production to 47 airplanes a month during the year and began delivering the new 737 MAX, contributing to a record 529 deliveries, including 74 of the MAX variety. On the 787 Dreamliner program, Boeing continued building at the highest production rate for a twin-aisle jet, leading to 136 deliveries for the year.

On the orders front, 71 customers placed the 912 net orders, valued at $134.8 billion at list prices. The total extends Boeing’s backlog to a record 5,864 airplanes – at year end – which is equal to about seven years of production.

In 2017, the 787 Dreamliner family racked up nearly 100 net orders and the 777 family captured 60 net orders, as shown in the table below. A detailed report is available on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.

Other major commercial airplanes milestones include the first flights of the 737 MAX 9 and the 787-10 Dreamliner, and the start of production of the 737 MAX 7 and the new 777X.


Gross Orders

Net Orders


Unfilled orders































Copyright Photo: Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner N528ZC (msn 60256) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 937791.


Pobeda to add new routes to western Europe

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2014

Pobeda (Moscow-Vnukovo) is spreading its wings westward with new routes. The airline has announced it will start flying from St. Petersburg to Pisa from February 18, 2018 twice a week.

The subsidiary of Aeroflot will also fly thrice-weekly from Moscow (Vnukovo) to Venice also starting on February 21, 2018.

The company has also announced it will fly from Moscow Vnukovo) to Karlovy Vary from February 17, 2018 twice a week.

Previously the airline added a daily flight on December 20, 2017 to Bergamo (near Milan).

Pobeda is a part of Aeroflot Group and operates on a classic low-cost carrier (LCC) model. The main goal of the company is to increase the mobility of the population and accessibility of transport between regions of the Russian Federation. Pobeda operates the youngest fleet in Russia.The average age of Pobeda aircraft’s is just several months. Company’s fleet is formed by modern Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation (NG) which are delivered directly from the plant.

By 2018 it is planning to increase fleet up to 40 units. It is expected that by this time the company will carry over 10 million passengers. It will help the company to become one of Russia’s five largest airlines. The company’s route network will encompass 45 domestic and international destinations.

The first aircraft took to the skies on December 1, 2014.

Top Copyright Photo (All others by Pobeda): Pobeda Pobeda Boeing 737-8LJ WL VQ-BWH (msn 41206) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 926604.(Steve Bailey). Image: 926604.

Pobeda aircraft slide show:

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American takes delivery of the last Boeing 737-800, the fleet is now repainted

The last Boeing 737-800 built for American Airlines

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) took delivery of the last Boeing 737-800 (the pictured N359PX above) on December 12, 2017. All future 737 deliveries will be for the new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (below). The entire Boeing 737-800 fleet has now been repainted, except one which will be preserved in the 1968 “tri-color” livery as a legacy jet (see bottom photo).

This brings the Boeing 737-800 fleet to 304 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-800 WL N359PX (msn 31280) BFI (Brandon Farris). Image: 940382.

American Airlines – Current Livery – Boeing:

Below Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N308RD (msn 44446) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940368.

MAX 8, first flight on December 13, 2017

Meanwhile AA will add three new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 routes from the Miami hub in the spring according to Airline Route:

Miami – Boston daily from April 3, 2018
Miami – Puerto Plata daily from April 3, 2018
Miami – Quito daily from March 25, 2018

Bottom Copyright Photo: American completed the repainting of the Boeing 737-800 fleet into the 2013 flag livery in December 2017. The pictured N921NN has been repainted into the 1968 “tri-color” livery. The “AA” logo on the tail was designed by Massimo Vignelli, who also produced the famous New York City Subway Map. N921NN will be preserved in this livery as a “legacy livery” logo jet. American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N921NN (msn 33229) (heritage livery) FLL (Andy Cripps). Image: 940311.

Repainted but will be retained in the 1968 heritage livery



Boeing and flydubai finalize order for 175 737 MAX Airplanes

MAX 8, delivered on September 28, 2017

Boeing and flydubai have finalized the purchase of 175 737 MAX airplanes in the largest single-aisle jet order in Middle East history. The deal – which includes options for an additional 50 jets – is valued at $27 billion at current list prices.

Announced as a commitment at the 2017 Dubai Airshow, the deal allows flydubai to take advantage of the 737 MAX family’s flexibility and commonality, while using the unique size and range of the MAX 8, MAX 9 and MAX 10 to suit its growing network.

flydubai, an all-Boeing operator, first ordered the 737 MAX in 2013 with a purchase of 75 jets. The carrier has taken delivery of five MAX airplanes from that order.

The 737 MAX has racked up 640 net orders this year and more than 4,200 orders since the program launched, making the MAX the best-selling airplane in Boeing history.

The MAX family of airplanes offers seating for about 130 to just over 200 passengers with a range of 3,200 to 3,800 nautical miles. All of the jets use the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

Copyright Photo: Flydubai Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 A6-FMB (msn 60968) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 940225.



Virgin Australia is ready for the Christmas rush with 150 extra flights

Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-YIY (msn 40701) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 926599.

Virgin Australia Airlines is ramping up for one of the busiest times of the year by going above and beyond for all travellers these Christmas holidays. The airline will help nearly two million passengers get to their destinations, and has also added over 150 extra flights to popular domestic and international locations to cater to the increased demand.

During the month of December, Virgin Australia will:

  • Fly nearly 2 million passengers to 58 destinations;
  • Operate nearly 14,000 domestic and international flights;
  • Carry more than 1.1 million pieces of luggage; and
  • Transport around 9,000 pets around the country.

For the first time, guests in Virgin Australia’s lounges will be served a traditional Christmas spread on Christmas Day1. Guests can dine on roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, marmalade glazed leg ham with mustard gravy, roast vegetables, steamed greens and warm mini fruit puddings with brandy custard.

During the Christmas period, guests in all Virgin Australia lounges will be served:

  • 120,000 fruit mince pies;
  • 90,000 turkey and cranberry rolls;
  • 80,000 chocolate elves; and
  • 500kg of Christmas cookies.

On Christmas Day alone, Virgin Australia will serve more than 4,500 herb-roasted Turkey meals, while 7,000 bottles of bubbly will be popped over the Christmas period.

For Business Class guests, Virgin Australia resident chef Luke Mangan and his team are busy preparing some fine fare to serve on board including:

  • 12,000 gingerbread stars; and
  • 1,000 hot herb-roasted Turkey meals with chestnut stuffing and vegetables.

Virgin Australia will also be helping families to take their four legged friends away on holidays, with more than 9,000 cats and dogs expected to fly, as well as more than 100 rescue dogs due to be transported to new homes.

Velocity members will also be taking advantage of the program’s award-winning redemption ability, with more than 65,000 Reward Seats being flown over the period.

Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-YIY (msn 40701) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 926599.

Virgin Australia:

View the Christmas video below.





Meet the new JTA “Sakura Jinbei” jet

JTA's 2017 "Sakura Jimbei" (pink) jet

On December 16, 2017, JTA’s next Boeing 737-800, registered as JA06RK (msn 61480), successfully operated its first flight from Renton, WA.  The new logo jet is painted in the pink Whale Shark livery, known in Japan as “Sakura Jinbei”.

The new Boeing 737-800 is expected to replaced the original “Sakura Jinbel” which has been operating on this Boeing 737-400 registered as JA8992:

Japan Transocean Air-JAL Boeing 737-446 JA8992 (msn 27917) (Sakura Jimbei) HND (Akira Uekawa). Image: 921975.

Above Copyright Photo: Japan Transocean Air-JAL Boeing 737-446 JA8992 (msn 27917) (Sakura Jimbei) HND (Akira Uekawa). Image: 921975.

The pink female companion (with a baby Whale Shark underneath), “Sakura Jimbei” was unveiled by Japan Transocean Air on January 5, 2014 on the Naha, Okinawa to Miyako route.

The two Jimbei (Whale Shark in Japanese) logo jets are in support of Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium and the first in captivity birth and rearing of a Whale Shark. JA8992 also wears a Formosan cherry blossom by the front door.

JTA is phasing out its fleet of Boeing 737-400s in 2018 and replacing them with the newer Boeing 737-800s.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by JTA): Japan Transocean Air-JAL Boeing 737-800 WL JA06RK (msn 61480) (Sakura Jimbei) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940332.




Air Canada’s new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 enters regular service

The second MAX 8 for Air Canada

Air Canada embarked on December 12, 2017 on the next phase of its transformation with the entry into scheduled service of its new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft. Flight AC137 from Toronto to Calgary this morning was the first to be operated using the 169-seat, fuel-efficient aircraft, featuring Air Canada’s next generation in-flight entertainment system, spacious overhead storage bin capacity and Boeing’s Sky Interior. Throughout the day it will then fly passengers from Calgary to Montreal, followed by service from Montreal to Vancouver.

Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX In-flight Entertainment (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“Introducing a new aircraft type to the fleet is always exciting for an airline, but we know customers will be even more thrilled by the Boeing 737 MAX, which is set to become the mainstay of our North American, narrow-body fleet. With this new aircraft we are introducing the next generation of our onboard entertainment system and customers will find ample storage space for carry-on baggage in its generous overhead bins,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“The 737 MAX is also more fuel efficient and quieter than the older, narrow-body aircraft it will replace, benefitting the environment. This increased efficiency will also enable us to compete more effectively and gives the aircraft extended range capabilities so we can launch new city pairings within North America, and routes to select international destinations. Combined with our fleet of Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the Boeing 737 MAX will ensure Air Canada continues to have one of the most modern fleets among global carriers,” said Mr. Smith.

Air Canada has 61 firm orders for the 737 MAX. They are to be delivered by 2021, with 18 due to enter the fleet by the end of 2018. Its first scheduled flights in North America include service to Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal. The aircraft is also scheduled to operate internationally to Keflavik, Dublin and Shannon starting in summer 2018. Air Canada has configured the 737 MAX in two cabins of service, North American Business and Economy. Features of the new aircraft include:

  • Premium comfort and ambiance with improved seats and innovative LED mood lighting along the ceiling;
  • An upgraded in-flight entertainment system with a sleek, new 15 language user interface. Coming soon, passengers will be able to stream video and audio to their own devices;
  • Faster Wi-Fi due to antennas with the highest bandwidth available in the industry, available starting in early 2018;
  • Upgraded overhead storage space compartments offer additional space for every single passenger to bring a carry-on bag;
  • The latest quiet engine technology for up to 40 percent less noise, meaning more peace and quiet for customers when flying;
  • The 737 MAX uses 20 percent less fuel per seat than the original Next-Generation 737.

Internationally the new type, as previously reported, will be assigned to the Toronto (Pearson) – Shannon route starting on June 2, 2018 (below).

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N6066U (C-FSCY) (msn 61208) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940163.