Boeing Exceeds 500 Orders for New B-787 Aircraft from Airlines Worldwide
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Boeing just announced it now has orders for more than 500 of the new 787 aircraft. At the same time Japan Airlines (JAL) confirmed that it planned to increase its order for the 787 -- adding another five aircraft. It had initially ordered 30. JAL plans to phase out its enormous 747 fleet and replace those aircraft with 787 and 777.
Boeing indicated it had not expected to pass the 500-order mark so quickly. The company claims the 787 has become the "fastest-selling commercial airplane in history." It currently has orders for 514 aircraft, from 43 different customers. The 787 is, for all practical purposes, sold out through 2013, based on manufacturing schedules.
Boeing also said other airlines had indicated interest in purchasing the 787; the company expects their orders for this aircraft to continue to be strong, perhaps necessitating ramping up production.
Boeing has scheduled the 787 rollout for July of this year, with the first flight planned for August at this point.
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