• Boeing celebrates the United Kingdom’s supplier partners as 787-9 completes first flight

    - The UK industry plays valuable role on second member of the world’s most innovative airplane family
    - $2.5 trillion twin-aisle aircraft market demands fuel efficiency, environmental performance
    - On a 787 with Rolls-Royce engines, U.K. companies make about 25 percent of the 787 by value.

    LONDON, United Kingdom,  September 18, 2013 - Boeing highlighted the critical role that the UK’s supplier partners play in the production of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as it celebrated the first flight of the second member of the super-efficient airplane family. This milestone illustrates the strong relationship between Boeing and the UK’s aviation manufacturing industry and their shared commitment to deliver to customers in the UK and around the world airplanes with unmatched fuel efficiency, resulting in exceptional environmental performance.

    “Boeing’s UK suppliers are valued partners to the 787 program,” said Kent Fisher, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president and general manager of Supplier Management. “The success of the 787 in terms of fuel efficiency, passenger comfort, and reduced emissions and noise levels shows what is possible when we partner with the world’s best aerospace companies. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our supplier partners and our Boeing team, we have been able to integrate the 787-9 into our production system while at the same time increasing production rates of the 787-8.”

    The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8 while carrying more passengers farther. The 787-9 seats 250-290 passengers with a range of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles while using 20 percent less fuel and with 20 percent fewer emissions than any other airplane of its size. UK supplier partners contribute significantly to the airplane’s innovative features, providing the power distribution system, the cabin interiors, the landing gear and steering system, the fire suppression system, flight controls, fuel pumps and valves, engines, the de-icing system, flight deck instrumentation, flight deck seating and first class seats.  On a 787 with Rolls-Royce engines, U.K. companies make about 25 percent of the 787 by value.

    UK companies supporting the 787-9 include Rolls-Royce, GKN Aerospace, Goodrich Actuation Systems Ltd, Ultra Electronics Ltd, B/E Aerospace (UK) Ltd, Eaton Aerospace Ltd, GE Aviation, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Moog Wolverhampton Ltd, SIRS Navigation Ltd, Zodiac Seats UK and Ipeco Aerospace Ltd.

    “Boeing continues to broaden and deepen our relationships with the UK’s aviation manufacturing industry,” said Sir Roger Bone, president, Boeing UK. “UK manufacturers have played a critical role in the tremendous success of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program to date and, with the successful first flight of the 787-9, we expect that success to continue to grow going forward.”

    Over the next 20 years, Boeing has projected global demand for 8,590 twin-aisle airplanes valued at $2.5 trillion, with small twin-aisles, including the 787 Dreamliner, to account for about $1.1 trillion.
    Since the 787 Dreamliner program was launched in 2004, 58 customers from six continents have placed orders for more than 850 airplanes valued at more than $185 billion, making it the most successful twin-aisle launch of a new commercial airplane in Boeing's history.

    To date, 24 customers worldwide have ordered 388 787-9s, or 40 percent of all 787 orders. First delivery of the 787-9 is set for mid-2014.

    Video of the 787-9 can be viewed by clicking here.