Orders flying in for Boeing aircraft

Associated Industries of Missouri Circle of Elite Organizations member Boeing is having a busy and productive week at the Paris Air Show, closing several deals with airlines around the world that will provide jobs for thousands of workers, including many right here in Missouri.

Here are some press releases from Boeing recounting the deals they have made so far:

Boeing, Qatar Confirm Purchase of Four C-17s

Expands airlift fleet to eight aircraft

Boeing to provide world-class sustainment for years to come

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LE BOURGET, France, June 15, 2015 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) and the government of Qatar recently signed an agreement for the purchase of four more C-17 Globemaster III airlifters.

These aircraft will join the Qatar Armed Forces’ (QAF) existing fleet of four and help meet their ongoing airlift requirements.

“We are very pleased with the C-17s from Boeing and look forward to doubling our fleet to enhance worldwide operations,” said General Ahmed Al-Malki, Deputy Commander, Qatar Emiri Air Force and Chairman of The Airlift Committee.

“We’re confident the additional C-17s will significantly increase the QAF’s ability to support the people of Qatar and their allies with transport, airdrop and humanitarian missions,” said Tommy Dunehew, vice president of International Customer Service and Sales for Boeing Military Aircraft. “Boeing stands ready to support, sustain and maintain Qatar’s expanded fleet of C-17s to keep their planes mission ready.”

Qatar, the first Middle East customer to order C-17s, received two C-17s in 2009 and two additional C-17s in 2012.

In operation since 1991, C-17s are unmatched in their ability to transport troops or heavy cargo, to perform airdrop and aeromedical evacuations and to deliver humanitarian aid virtually anywhere in the world.

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Boeing, Garuda Indonesia Announce the Airline’s Intent to Purchase 30 787-9s and up to 30 737 MAX 8s

Flag carrier reconfirms 50 737 MAX 8 order

LE BOURGET, France, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Garuda Indonesia announced today the airline’s intent to purchase 30 787-9 Dreamliners, as well as up to 30 737 MAX 8 airplanes. Boeing will work with Garuda Indonesia to finalize the order, at which time it will be posted to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

“The agreement is part of Garuda Indonesia’s revitalization program in order to provide our passengers with the best possible experience with the youngest fleet in the sky and to support the airline’s future plan to further expand its network globally. The 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX are extraordinary airplanes with exceptional economics that will keep us competitive and bring a new level of service excellence for our customers,” said Arif Wibowo, Garuda Indonesia, President and CEO.

In addition to the announcement today, the flag carrier also reconfirmed its intent to purchase 50 737 MAX 8s, originally announced in October 2014. The airline currently operates more than 90 Boeing airplanes, including Next-Generation versions of the 737, 777-300ERs and 747-400s.

“Boeing and Garuda have been partners in aviation for more than 35 years and we are honored to work together again as they expand and continue to renew their fleet,” said Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 787-9 and 737 MAX will be a great complement to Garuda’s current Boeing airplanes, providing them with additional capability and superior economics and their customers with an exceptional flying experience.”

The 787-9 leverages the passenger-pleasing design of the 787 family, with features such as the industry’s largest windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 830 kilometers (450 nautical miles) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

The 737 MAX incorporates 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. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see an 8 percent per seat operating cost advantage over the A320neo.

Garuda Indonesia seamlessly connects 76 destinations worldwide to not only one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia, but also an array of exotic locations in the beautiful archipelago ofIndonesia all at once. With close to 600 daily flights and a fleet of 169 aircraft with the average age of less than five years old, Garuda Indonesia proudly serves its passengers with the award-winning “Garuda Indonesia Experience” service, which highlights Indonesia’s warm hospitality and rich diverse culture.

The airline continuously strives, through its ongoing transformation program, to provide better and more convenient services with one of the youngest fleets in the sky, which should grow to around 185 aircraft by 2015. The progress of Garuda Indonesia’s transformation program can be seen from achieving a Skytrax’s 5-star airline rating, ranked as the 7th best airline in the world in the 2014, as well as winning the prestigious “The World’s Best Cabin Crew” award in 2014 and “The World’s Best Economy Class” award in 2013, also from Skytrax. Garuda Indonesia is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance with 20 members, providing access to an extensive global network with over 16,320 daily flights to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.

Boeing, Qatar Airways Announce Order for 10 777-8Xs, Four 777 Freighters

LE BOURGET, France, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Qatar Airways announced an order for 10 777-8Xs and four 777 Freighters, valued at $4.8 billion at list prices, on the opening day of Paris Air Show 2015.

“Acquiring technologically-advanced airplanes such as the 777X is integral to our expansion strategy,” said His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways. “With the addition of these 777-8X to the 50 777-9X already on order, we are confident of continuing the tremendous legacy of the 777.

“The order for four 777 Freighters underpins the value that this airplane has also brought to our rapidly growing cargo operations,” said Mr. Al Baker. “Qatar Airways Cargo is an integral part of the Qatar Airways Group and we look forward to enhancing the existing fleet with next-generation aircraft.”

The 777X builds on the passenger-preferred and market-leading 777, as well as offering more market coverage and revenue capability than the competition. The 777X will include new engines, an all-new composite wing and will leverage technologies from the 787 Dreamliner. The 777X family includes the 777-8X and the 777-9X, both designed to respond to market needs and customer preferences.

“The order for an additional 10 777Xs is a further endorsement by Qatar Airways of the airplane which enjoyed the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We are also very proud that Qatar Airways continues to expand its cargo operations with the 777 Freighter. We look forward to continuing to grow and strengthen our partnership with Qatar Airways well into the future.”

The 777-9X will be 12 percent more fuel efficient than the competition, necessary in today’s competitive environment. The 777-8X is 5 percent more efficient than its competitor at all ranges while providing for new network opportunities. Design of the 777X is underway and production is set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2020. With this order, the 777X has accumulated 320 orders and commitments from six customers worldwide.

Boeing is the undisputed air cargo market leader, providing over 90 percent of the total worldwide dedicated freighter capacity. The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 km) with a full payload and general cargo market densities, making it the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter. The airplane’s range capability translates into significant savings for cargo operators: fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.

Boeing Statement on EVA Airways’ Intent to Purchase Five 777 Freighters

LE BOURGET, France, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA] announced today at the Paris Air Show that EVA Airways intends to purchase five 777 Freighters. The commitment, valued at more than $1.5 billion at list prices, represents the first 777 Freighters to join EVA’s fleet and will be posted to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once finalized.

The Taiwanese airline plans to use the new freighters to bolster its fleet in an effort to meet growing demand in the air cargo market.

“EVA Airways has been a loyal Boeing 777 customer for many years and we are honored that they have selected the 777 Freighter to join their fleet,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “This agreement demonstrates the unrivaled efficiency and value of the 777 Freighter and we look forward to finalizing this order to further extend our strong partnership.”

EVA Airways currently operates more than 35 Boeing airplanes in its fleet, including 20 777-300ERs. EVA is one of the world’s leading 777-300ER operators with unfilled orders for 14 777-300ERs – both direct purchased and leased. The carrier plans to grow its operational twin-aisle fleet to more than 60 airplanes by the end of 2025.

The 777 Freighter is the world’s largest and longest range twin-engine freighter, capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload at general cargo market densities. The airplane’s range capability translates into significant savings for cargo operators: fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.

According to the Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast, global air freight traffic is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent, doubling the cargo traffic over the next 20 years.

Boeing is the undisputed air cargo market leader, providing over 90 percent of the total worldwide dedicated freighter capacity.

China Airlines’ 777-300ER Makes Debut at Paris Air Show

LE BOURGET, France, June 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — China Airlines’ newest 777-300ER (Extended Range) landed at Le Bourget, France today, marking the debut of China Airlines’ new twin-aisle jet at the Paris Air Show.

“China Airlines is proud to introduce our newest 777-300ER to the global audience at the Paris Air Show,” said China Airlines Chairman Huang-Hsiang Sun. “We are confident that our 777-300ER will not only help showcase Taiwanese history, culture and taste, but also leave a lasting impression on the beauty of Taiwan to aviation enthusiasts who attend the show.”

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Taiwan’s flag carrier will have the 777-300ER on static display from Monday, June 15 to Thursday, June 18 at Le Bourget. Interior tours of the award-winning cabin interior are scheduled to take place daily along with virtual 3-D tours of the airplane powered by the Google Box application.

“We are truly honored to have China Airlines showcase their wonderful 777-300ER at this year’s Paris Air Show,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “China Airlines has raised the bar in terms of passenger experience and comfort with their new cabin design and I am confident that it will capture the hearts of many travelers around the world as they continue to expand into new markets.”

China Airlines currently operates five newly configured 777-300ERs on routes serving Hong Kong, Bangkok, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The airline is scheduled to receive five more in the next couple of years to support the launch of new European and North American routes.

Based in the northwestern city of Taoyuan, China Airlines is Taiwan’s largest carrier, with 115 destinations in 29 countries and regions worldwide. The airline operates more than 100 flights weekly from mainland China to Taiwan, and that number is expected to grow as liberalization of rules and regulations continues, allowing more mainland Chinese tourists to fly into and through Taiwan.