Boeing will deliver the first 777-200LR prototype tomorrow to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Boeing vice president of product development Dan Mooney confirmed here yesterday. Three weeks ago the world’s longest-range airliner received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Air Safety Administration approval after two flight test airplanes completed 886 flight hours on 328 flights, and 318 ground test hours.
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Boeing believes that its latest 747 iteration–the 747-8F–could become the freighter of choice among cargo airlines. This assertion by commercial airplanes division president Alan Mulally is not surprising, given that the launch orders for 10 and six aircraft respectively from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo have now been backed by a Heads of Agreement for 10 aircraft from Emirates.
To the question of when Boeing will replace its 737 dynasty, the company remains tight-lipped. But there appears to be no question that Boeing will introduce a new-generation narrowbody airliner and it has suggested that it will likely enter service by the middle of the next decade.
Boeing Business Jets celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday with cake, champagne and good news. Company president Steven Hill said, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate ten years of success in the VIP market than with a new family member.”
Boeing has taken the first orders for executive versions of its new 787 Dreamliner and the next-generation 747-8 Intercontinental. According to the OEM, two 787s are listed as sold through Boeing Business Jets. A source at Boeing Business Jets confirmed the 787 orders but declined to provide additional details. Selection of an independent completion center to do the interior has yet to be made.
Boeing Business Jets marked its 10th anniversary yesterday with a pair of single-aircraft orders for its now officially launched BBJ3, the latest member of its family of executive transports derived from the new Next Generation 737. Boeing did not reveal the identity of the customers.
As Boeing Business Jets closes in on the sale of its 100th BBJ, the company is also deep into computer concepts of an executive/VIP variant of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing Business Jets is a joint venture between Boeing and General Electric and, as suggested by the name, is responsible for all business jet configurations of Boeing airliners, from the 737 through the new 787.
Steven Hill will become president of Boeing Business Jets, replacing Lee Monson, who becomes v-p of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales for the Middle East and Africa. Hill was formerly business director of Boeing Aircraft Trading. Boeing Business Jets is a joint venture with General Electric. Since the company’s launch in July 1996, Boeing Business Jets said it has received orders for nearly 90 BBJs, and there are more than 75 in service.
Hard to believe perhaps, but 10 years have passed since Boeing entered the executive aircraft market by unveiling a dedicated corporate 737 variant, the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ). In the decade since that launch, military, airline and fractional-ownership operators have joined traditional corporate customers in answering the knock of the U.S. manufacturer’s salesmen.
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