Commercial Airplanes

Overview

Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a business unit of The Boeing Company, is committed to being the leader in commercial aviation by offering airplanes and services that deliver superior design, efficiency and value to customers around the world. There are more than 12,000 Boeing commercial jetliners in service*, flying passengers and freight more efficiently than competing models in the market.

Boeing traces its history to aviation pioneer William Boeing who, in 1916, built the company's first airplane, a seaplane for two with a range of 320 nautical miles (515 km). Since then, Boeing has defined the modern jetliner and introduced the twin-aisle cabin, the glass cockpit and countless other innovations. Today, Boeing Commercial Airplanes offers a family of technologically advanced airplanes, including one that can seat more than 500 and another that boasts the longest range in the world, at more than 9,300 nautical miles (14,966 km).

Boeing Commercial Airplanes employs more than 80,000 people under the leadership of President and CEO Ray Conner. The business unit's revenue in 2011 was $36.2 billion.

With headquarters in the Puget Sound region of Washington state, Boeing Commercial Airplanes has operations in more than a dozen cities and countries. The business unit comprises five airplane programs, VIP-derivative airplanes, extensive fabrication and assembly facilities and a global customer support organization.

Airplane Programs

The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial airliner in history. The single-aisle jetliner, known for being reliable, simple and economical to operate, dominates the market for short- to medium-range routes.

Next-Generation 737 family - an updated 737 airplane introduced in 1993 with a new wing design, improved fuel capacity and improved aerodynamics to give the airplane greater range and speed -- includes the 737-600/-700/-800/-900ER models. The airplane program continually incorporates value-added technologies and significant design innovations to improve performance, navigation precision and passenger comfort. The Next-Generation family has won orders for more than 6,00 airplanes, while the combined 737 family has surpassed 9,300 orders. Boeing has delivered more than 7,000 737s, and more than 3,800 Next-Generation 737s through 2011.

737 MAX - 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 - will build on the Next-Generation 737's popularity and reliability while delivering customers unsurpassed fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market. Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with firm configuration of the airplane planned for 2013, first flight in 2016 and deliveries to customers beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,000 orders and commitments from 16 customers worldwide since its launch Aug. 30, 2011.

The Boeing 747, the original "jumbo jet" with its distinctive upper-deck profile, is among the fastest airliners in service.

Boeing 747-8 Family - The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and 747-8 Freighter are the new, high-capacity 747s that offer airlines the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger or freighter airplane in its class - while providing enhanced environmental performance.

This latest family of 747 jetliners meets airline requirements for a passenger airplane that serves the 400- to 500-seat market between the 555-seat Airbus A380 and the 365-seat Boeing 777-300ER airplanes, and for a freighter that continues the leadership of the 747 Freighter family in the world cargo market.

Both airplanes represent a new benchmark in fuel efficiency and noise reduction, allowing airlines to lower fuel costs and fly into more airports at more times of the day. The 747-8 gives double-digit fuel improvements over the 747-400 and has a 30-percent smaller noise footprint, with QC2 takeoffs and QC1 arrivals. The 747-8 is designed to operate safely at any airport that currently has 747-400 service. The 747-8 builds on the current 747's capability to fly into most airports worldwide, using the same pilot type ratings, services and most ground support equipment. With a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,815 km), the 747-8 Intercontinental can connect nearly any major city pair in the world.

The Boeing 767 family includes four models--the 767-200ER, 767-300ER and 767-400ER passenger jetliners and the 767 Freighter, based on the 767-300ER fuselage. Sized between the single-aisle 737 Next Generation and the twin-aisle 777, the versatile 767 has earned a reputation among airlines for its profitability and comfort.

The 767-400ER enjoys significant advantages in operating economics over other 240- to 300-seat airplanes. Unsurpassed comfort for intercontinental passengers, 3,580 cubic feet (129.7 cu m) of lower hold cargo space, and commonality with other Boeing jetliners make the 767-400 an excellent revenue generator with exceptionally high reliability and low maintenance costs.

The 767 Freighter shares all the advancements in avionics, aerodynamics, materials and propulsion that contribute to success of the 767-300ER passenger airplane. Excellent fuel efficiency, operational flexibility, low-noise levels and an all-digital flight deck allow the 767 Freighter to support time-critical cargo schedules, even at airports with stringent noise and emissions standards.

767s burn significantly less fuel and produce lower emissions per pound of fuel used than any comparably sized jetliner, including the A330-200. The 767 family beats industry standards in all categories of emissions -- nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, smoke and carbon monoxide.

The Boeing 777 family is a complete family of jetliners that is preferred by passengers and airlines around the world. The market-leading 777 family consists of five passenger models, with the ability to fly point-to-point nonstop to bypass crowded and busy hub airports, and a freighter model.

The 777 seats from 301 to 368 passengers in a three-class configuration with a range capability of 5,240 nautical miles (9,700 km) to 9,395 nautical miles (17,395 km). The 777 is available in six models: the 777-200, 777-200ER (Extended Range), a larger 777-300, two new longer-range models, the 777-300ER and 777-200LR Worldliner (the world's longest range commercial airplane) and the Boeing 777 Freighter.

The market-driven design of the 777 ensures the airplane responds to market needs and customer preferences. The result is a family of airplanes distinguished by fuel-efficiency, spacious cabin interior, range capability, commonality and reliability. The 777 provides the most payload and range capability and growth potential in the medium-sized airplane category with lower operating costs.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the family of new, super-efficient airplanes that brings big-jetliner comfort and economics to the midsize market. The 787 incorporates advanced composite materials, systems and engines to provide unprecedented performance levels, including a 20-percent improvement in fuel efficiency over existing small twin-aisle airplanes.

The 787-8 and larger 787-9 serve the 200- to 300-seat market on flights as long as 8,500 nautical miles (15,750 km) in three-class seating. The first 787 made its inaugural flight in December 2009, with first delivery in September 2011 to launch customer ANA.

The Boeing Business Jet is a high-performance derivative of the 737 that is designed for corporate and VIP applications. The platform gives the owner the flexibility to tailor an airplane for eight or 100 passengers. Boeing also offers VIP versions of the 747, 767, 777 and 787.

Commercial Aviation Services

With a 24-hour network and facilities around the world, Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) offers the broadest range of support products, services and integrated solutions in the aviation industry. From spare parts to pilot training, customer support to onsite technical advice, CAS helps airplane operators keep their fleets flying safely and efficiently.

The Boeing Edge: The Boeing Edge is all about customer success. We provide the support, services and solutions to give customers every competitive advantage-directly from the OEM. It brings customers what no other single service company can. Combining our strengths creates their advantage. The Boeing Edge is built on the five unique Boeing attributes that give Boeing customers a competitive edge and help ensure their success:

  • Passionate People - Boeing people are available every day, working around the clock to support our customers' businesses.
  • OEM Knowledge - Our design knowledge, manufacturing experience, engineering expertise and fleet data are part of every service we provide. No one else has it. And no one else can say "backed by Boeing."
  • Breakthrough Technologies - Our commitment to research and development helps keep airplanes safe, reliable and available-and operations efficient.
  • Lifecycle Commitment - Our support begins when a customer acquires airplanes and continues as it operates and maintains them daily, upgrades and refreshes them, and transitions them.
  • Unparalleled Integration - We have the largest services portfolio in the industry, so we can provide solutions that span an entire enterprise. And we can integrate solutions to give an airline's fleet, operations, and business maximum performance.

Global Corporate Citizenship

Boeing prides itself as a corporate citizen committed to improving the quality of life in communities worldwide. Every year, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, its employees and its retirees contribute millions to charitable and community causes. In the United States, our focus is education; health and human services; arts and culture; and civic and environmental issues.

Major Boeing Commercial Airplanes Facilities

Renton, Washington -- 737 Manufacturing; Boeing Training & Flight Services

Everett, Washington -- 747 Manufacturing; 767 Manufacturing; 777 Manufacturing; 787 Manufacturing

North Charleston, South Carolina -- 787 Manufacturing

Seattle, Washington -- Global Customer Support; Spares and Logistics Support; Maintenance & Engineering Services; Fleet Enhancements & Modifications; Flight Operations Support; Boeing Business Jets program.

Auburn, Frederickson and Everett, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; Winnipeg, Canada; Melbourne and Sydney, Australia - Boeing Fabrication; Emergent Operations; complex precision machining; specialty production focused on advanced metal structures; tubes, ducts and reservoirs; integrated aero structures; electrical systems; interiors; composites; spares.

* Includes airplanes produced by McDonnell Douglas, which merged with Boeing.

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