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United’s last Boeing 747 revenue flight

On November 7, 2017 United Airlines operated its last Boeing 747 revenue flight with flight UA 747 from San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL). The last flight was operated with the pictured Boeing 747-422 N118UA. Flight UA 747 departed around noon almost an hour late due to a mechanical issue.

The aircraft is now expected to be ferried to Victorville, CA (VCV) for storage and final disposal.

Mark Durbin was there at SFO to record the historic departure. All photos by Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com.

United Airlines issued this statement and photos:

On November 7, 2017, United Airlines (UAL) flew – for the final time – a Boeing 747 aircraft, the jumbo jet with the unmistakable silhouette that once represented the state-of-the-art in air travel.

 

Serving as the ultimate throwback, the airline recreated the first 747 flight operated by United in 1970 for today’s historic farewell journey. Flight UA747 departed from San Francisco with service to Honolulu with more than 300 customers, employees and distinguished guests onboard.

From a 1970s-inspired menu to retro uniforms for flight attendants to inflight entertainment befitting of that first flight, the “Queen of the Skies” is being sent off in style. Seats for this flight sold out in less than 90 minutes when this farewell celebration was announced in September.

“The iconic 747 is a remarkably special aircraft that signaled a new era of air travel and was equally recognizable and beloved by our customers and crew alike,” said Oscar Munoz, CEO of United. “While today is bittersweet, we’ll continue to honor the Queen of the Skies’ game-changing legacy of connecting people and uniting the world with our next-generation of long-haul aircraft.”

The send-off began this morning at SFO with a gate party featuring a 747 gallery, 1970s costumes for use in a retro photo booth, a life-size retirement card for customers and employees to sign and of course, cake. Oscar Munozaddressed the crowd alongside State Senator Jerry Hill and executives from Boeing and Pratt & Whitney.

Upon landing in Honolulu, local employees will welcome the aircraft with final festivities to close out the historic day, including remarks from United leaders and Hawaii State Representative Henry J.C. Aquino.

747-400 Facts and Figures

  • The 747-400 ranks as the commercial airliner with the largest passenger interior volume, at 31,285 cubic feet.
  • At 231 feet, 10 inches from nose to tail, the 747-400 is roughly as long as five humpback whales end-to-end.
  • The wingspan (211 feet, 5 inches) is about 10 feet wider than the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Its wings have a surface area of 5,650 square feet, bigger than a standard size NBA basketball court.
  • A typical trans-Atlantic flight uses over 5.5 tons of food supplies— more than the weight of a large Asian elephant.
  • The tail height is 63.8 feet, equivalent to a six-story building.
  • The aircraft contains 171 miles of wiring, enough to connect New York City to Baltimore.
  • The 747-400 is one of the fastest passenger aircraft in service, with a cruise speed of 565 mph, more than twice as fast as a Formula One car.

United’s 747 Through the Years

June 26, 1970 United Airlines receives its first 747-100 complete with a christening ceremony fit for a luxury liner.

July 23, 1970 United makes its first 747 commercial flight, with a trip from San Francisco to Honolulu.

April 22, 1985 United announces its plan to acquire Pan Am’s Pacific routes, as well as 11 747SP planes. The 747SPs feature a 48-foot-shorter body and fly higher, faster, and farther than standard 747 models.

January 29-30, 1988 Friendship One, a 747SP owned by United Airlines, sets the around-the-world air speed record of 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. This special flight raises $500,000 for children’s charities through the Friendship Foundation. Tickets cost a minimum of $5,000, and special guest passengers included astronaut Neil Armstrong, famed test pilots Bob Hoover and Lieutenant General Laurence C. Craigie, and Moya Lear, the widow of Lear Jet founder Bill Lear.

June, 1989: United Airlines receives their first 747-400 which provides increased range.

September 1996A 747SP previously flown by United is transformed into NASA’s SOFIA, or Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, which carries a 17-ton, 8-foot-wide infrared telescope mounted behind an enormous sliding door.

January 11, 2017United announces that it will retire the 747-400 fleet in the last quarter of 2017.

July 28, 2017United schedules a special domestic flight from Chicago O’Hare to San Francisco to allow more customers to experience the Queen of the Skies.

October, 2017: United employees get a chance to say goodbye to the 747 when the aircraft goes on a farewell tour with stops at each of the carrier’s U.S. hubs.

October 29, 2017United flies its last international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco.

November 7, 2017United celebrates the retirement of the 747 with a fitting full-circle moment. A special retro event sees the aircraft flying from San Francisco to Honolulu—a nod to its first-ever flight back in 1970.

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Boeing, FedEx Express are collaborating on the latest ecoDemonstrator Program testing

Boeing-FedEx "ecoDemonstrator Program"

On July 6, 2017 Boeing made this announcement. Now the program is ready to proceed with a dedicated freighter.

As part of the continuing effort to accelerate aerospace innovation, Boeing and FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation and the world’s largest express transportation company, will work together to fly the next ecoDemonstrator.

Starting in 2018, a new Boeing 777 Freighter made for FedEx Express will test emerging technologies, such as propulsion advancements and flight deck innovations.

The ecoDemonstrator program, now in its fifth iteration, serves as a series of flying testbeds designed to improve the environmental performance and safety of future airplanes.

“The ecoDemonstrator program is focused on harvesting exciting new technologies that will benefit our airline customers, the flying public and the environment,” said Mike Sinnett, vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Development.

The collaboration on the newest ecoDemonstrator project is the latest in a 38-year relationship between Boeing and FedEx.

“FedEx is committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions that connect the world responsibly and resourcefully,” said David Cunningham, president & CEO, FedEx Express. “We’re proud to work with Boeing and use our 777 Freighter to play a key role in bringing future benefits to the entire aviation industry.”

This round of ecoDemonstrator testing includes installing a compact thrust reverser developed by Boeing designed to save fuel, flight deck improvements that can improve efficient operations in and out of busy airports, and flying prototype airplane parts using cutting-edge manufacturing techniques that reduce material waste.

Flight testing is scheduled to last approximately three months before the airplane returns to the FedEx fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: FedEx Express Boeing 777-FS2 N878FD (msn 40684) (ecoDemonstrator Program) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939725.

Bottom Copyright Photo: FedEx Express Boeing 777-FS2 N878FD (msn 40684) (ecoDemonstrator Program) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939726.

Boeing-FedEx "ecoDemonstrator Program"

Boeing reports third quarter results; raises cash flow and EPS guidance

The Boeing Company reported third-quarter revenue of $24.3 billion with GAAP earnings per share of $3.06 and core earnings per share (non-GAAP)* of $2.72 reflecting strong deliveries, services and delivery mix, and overall solid execution (Table 1).

The company’s cash flow guidance is increased to $12.5 billion from $12.25 billion, driven by improved performance. Full year EPS guidance is increased to between $11.20 and $11.40 from $11.10 and $11.30 and core earnings per share (non-GAAP)* guidance is increased to between $9.90 and $10.10 from $9.80 and $10.00 driven by a lower-than-expected tax rate. Full year segment guidance is updated, reflecting the realignment of the company’s services businesses into Boeing Global Services (BGS).

“Our teams across all three business segments are driving execution with a focus on both productivity and growth, which has enabled Boeing to deliver solid third quarter financial results, grow cash flow, and raise our 2017 outlook,” said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg.

“In the third quarter we successfully launched our newest business segment, Boeing Global Services, leveraging our unique One Boeing advantages to offer complete lifecycle support across the commercial, defense and space sectors. We achieved a number of key milestones in the quarter with the delivery of a record 202 commercial airplanes, including 24 737 MAXs as we continue the smooth introduction of that airplane. On the defense side, we booked $6 billion in new orders, including an initial contract award for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program and an award from the U.S. Navy for 14 F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.”

“We remain focused on accelerating productivity, quality and safety improvements across the company, executing on our future development programs, and capturing new business to ensure our continued growth.”

Boeing today officially starts production of the 777X

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Boeing on October 23, 2017 officially kicked off the production of the first 777X flight test airplane.

Boeing engineers talk about its all-new composite wing, and its passenger experience of the future. The production includes the 108-foot wing spar inside the Everett plant.

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Singapore finalizes its order for additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Boeing and Singapore Airlines (SIA) on October 23, 2017 formally announced a deal for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s, during a ceremony at the White House.

The order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer, is worth $13.8 billion at current list prices. The value of this sales transaction will sustain thousands of U.S. suppliers and more than 70,000 direct and indirect U.S. jobs during the delivery period of this contract. The airline also has options for 12 additional aircraft, six of each aircraft type.

 

Singapore Airlines has more than 50 Boeing 777s in service and is the launch customer of the 787-10, which is set to deliver in the first half of 2018. With a prior order for 30 787-10s, the airline now has 49 on order, making it the largest customer for this type. A long-range airplane that’s efficient at any stage length, the 787-10 will serve the airline’s medium-range operations while partnering with the 777-9 for the carrier’s long-haul routes. Its subsidiaries SilkAir, Scoot and SIA Cargo also operate Boeing airplanes with the 737 MAX 8 and 737-800, 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners and 747-400 Freighter types in service, respectively.

 

The 787-10, the largest family member, adds seats and cargo capacity while offering 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat and lower emissions than the airplanes it will replace. The combination of capability, reliability and efficiency has attracted carriers from around the world, including Asia where the 787-10 will be able to connect all points within Asia at lower seat costs than any other twin-aisle airplane, with the flexibility to also link to Europe, Africa and Oceania.

The 777X, builds on the passenger-preferred and market-leading 777, and will be the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jet in the world, with the latest innovative technologies, including the most advanced, fuel-efficient commercial engine ever. Opening new growth opportunities for airlines, the 777-9 will have the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane. The 777-9 seats 400-425 passengers with a range of 7,600 nautical miles (14,075 km) and is the only twin-engine available of its size.

 

As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family’s preferred passenger experience and long range with 25 percent better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace.

Singapore will be an unique dual operator of the rival Airbus A350-900 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Photo: Boeing. The first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner that has been painted. The pictured 9V-SCB (msn 60254) is pictured at the North Charleston, SC facility.

Boeing, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries reach agreement on cost reduction for 787 production

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N789FT (msn 41989) SBD (Michael B. Ing). Image: 923282.

Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) on October 23, 2017 announced an agreement to strengthen collaboration in ways that will enhance both companies’ competitiveness. The agreement includes efforts to reduce costs in MHI production of wings for the 787 Dreamliner and joint studies of advanced aerostructure technologies for future-generation commercial aircraft.

MHI manufactures 787 composite wings at its factory in Nagoya. The agreement aims to enable sales by pursuing increased efficiency in MHI’s production system and its supply chain through lean production methods, automation and other activities.

“This agreement advances the strong relationship between Boeing and MHI through joint efforts to reduce cost and improve efficiency, with a focus on MHI’s production for the 787 Dreamliner,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister. “Collaboration with suppliers is at the heart of our Partnering for Success efforts, positioning our companies to win in today’s competitive marketplace and look ahead to future opportunities.”

“We are delighted to be enhancing the competitiveness of our commercial aircraft business with this agreement,” said Shunichi Miyanaga, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. “We have built our partnership with Boeing over more than 40 years, collaborating on various aircraft programs including the 737, 747, 767, 777, 787 Dreamliner and state-of-the-art 777X and look forward to cooperating to explore future opportunities.”

MHI’s work statement for Boeing Commercial Airplanes also includes fuselage sections for the 767, 777 and 777X programs. In total, about 150 Japanese companies are suppliers to Boeing across its commercial and defense product lines. Boeing procures approximately $5 billion worth of goods and services from Japan every year, and Boeing-related work supports tens of thousands of highly skilled aerospace jobs in the United States and Japan.

Copyright Photo: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N789FT (msn 41989) SBD (Michael B. Ing). Image: 923282.

Boeing, Air India celebrate airline’s 125th delivery

Boeing and Air India celebrated on October 11, 2017 the delivery of the airline’s 125thairplane from Boeing. The airplane is the 27th 787-8 Dreamliner (VT-NAC, msn 36299) for the national carrier.

Air India was an original member of the 787 Dreamliner launch group and took delivery of its first 787-8 in 2012. In all, the airline now operates 27 787-8 Dreamliners, along with 777-200LRs (Longer Range), 777-300ER (Extended Range), and 747-400s.

The Air India 787 Dreamliners offer a host of passengers-pleasing features such as large overhead bins, comfortable reclining seats, LED lighting, cleaner air, larger dimmable windows and an exclusive in-flight entertainment experience to passengers.

Air India operates the 787 Dreamliner to all its destinations in Europe and to other cities in the Gulf, Asia and Australia.

Photo: Boeing.