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The first Boeing 737 painted in Virgin Australia's new livery.

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Boeing is celebrating the delivery of the first Next-Generation 737-900ER (extended range) with the Boeing Sky Interior to United Continental Holdings, Inc. subsidiary Continental Airlines. The carrier is the first U.S. airline to operate the 737-800 and 737-900ER featuring the all-new interior.

Boeing also announced that Continental converted existing 2012 orders for Next-Generation 737s to 737-900ERs and will now be taking nineteen 737-900ERs in 2012.

“The 737-900ER is the perfect airplane to replace older, less efficient aircraft because it has one of the lowest fuel burns per mile in our narrowbody fleet, and provides a superior passenger experience,” said Ron Baur, vice president of Fleet at United. “With the new Boeing Sky Interior, our customers will appreciate the modern and spacious design which includes larger overhead bins that retract into the ceiling.”

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The second Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, RC021, took off on its first flight this morning from Paine Field.

RC021 will be used primarily for testing the various interior systems that will be on the Intercontinental, such as heating, venting and air conditioning, and galleys. In addition, Boeing will conduct fuel consumption and function and reliability tests on the airplane. The 747-8 Intercontinental flight-test program will perform approximately 600 hours of flight testing.

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The second 747-8 Intercontinental has completed its high-speed taxi test in Everett as it prepares for first flight. RC021 will be used primarily for testing the various interior systems that will be on the Intercontinental.

In addition, Boeing will conduct fuel consumption as well as function and reliability tests on the airplane. The 747-8 Intercontinental flight-test program will perform approximately 600 hours of flight testing.

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A driver removes stacks of used pallets from Boeing's Interiors Responsibility Center factory in Everett, Wash.

The IRC raw materials team has recycled more than 25 semi-loads of wood pallets since it began recycling the pallets about 2 years ago. The carrier gets paid to return the pallets to the supplier, and the supplier reuses the pallets.

In 2009, Boeing recycled 68 percent of all the waste it generated, up from 64 percent the previous year. Learn more from Boeing's 2010 Environment Report: http://goo.gl/uvSOj

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To celebrate #EarthDay, we handed out tree seedlings to our colleagues in one of our cafeterias in Everett, Wash.

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Inside Boeing's giant airplane factory in Everett, Wash., skylights allow sun light to stream in.

Boeing employees decided to leverage the sun by attaching light-sensitive switches to the ceiling so the overhead lamps automatically turn off during the day. Look closely, the lamp in the middle of the picture is off today.

With solutions like this, Boeing has reduced energy consumption by 32 percent at our major U.S. facilities since 2002. #EarthDay

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At Boeing's Everett, Wash., site, employees are piloting a project to compost food waste in the cafeteria.

This is one of Boeing's environmental strategies: set and achieve aggressive internal targets. At our major U.S. facilities since 2002, we have reduced CO2 emissions by 31 percent, energy consumption by 32 percent and hazardous-waste generation by 38 percent on a revenue-adjusted basis. We reduced water consumption by 43 percent on a revenue-adjusted basis, and earlier this year set a challenging target to continue this progress.

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Tens of thousands of wires snake through every commercial airplane. Boeing's Electrical Systems Responsibility Center in Everett, Wash., spin those wires into bundles.

After the bundles are used, the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) spools would get thrown out because there isn't suitable technology to recycle them. Boeing and its wire supplier worked to reuse empty wire spools, eliminating more than 12,000 pounds (5443 kg) from Boeing's solid waste stream per year.

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A technician removes a piece of protective material from the floor of a new Boeing 777.

While the covering protected the floor panels before carpet was installed on 777 and 737 airplanes, it led to extra waste. This year, a Boeing team found a non-profit to clean, grind and recycle the material so it can be used again. This month, the first recycled materials returned to the factory in the form of a new covering.

Boeing estimates this process will recycle 156 tons of material every year, reducing waste in the #environment and eliminating the cost of disposing the materials.


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Boeing and Lion Air, Indonesia’s largest private airline, today celebrated delivery of the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-900ER with the new Boeing Sky Interior.

Lion Air was the launch customer for the Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER in 2005. Today’s delivery is the airline’s 43rd 737-900ER. In all, the airline has ordered 178 Next Generation 737s. Lion Air operates an all-Boeing fleet.

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A rendering of the massive solar panel installation on the roof of Boeing's new 787 final assembly factory in North Charleston, South Carolina.

This solar installation will provide up to 2.6 megawatts of electrical power for the site, enough to power approximately 250 homes. The installation will be the largest in the Southeast by production capacity, and the sixth largest in the U.S.

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Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, just announced Boeing and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) have entered an energy partnership that will enable Boeing South Carolina to operate as a 100 percent renewable energy site.

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At Boeing's new 787 final assembly and delivery facility in North Charleston, South Carolina today, Boeing and South Carolina Electric and Gas are announcing a groundbreaking renewable energy partnership.

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The 1st Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 1st Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental flying in formation this past weekend.

Boeing flight-test photographer Leo Dejillas captured the side-by-side photo on Saturday while both airplanes were flight testing over Washington state.

Using similar cutting-edge technology, both the 787 and 747-8 are designed to fly farther, use less fuel, and produce fewer emissions than its predecessors.

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The 787 full-flight simulator made by Thales.

Boeing has achieved multiple qualifications for its world-wide network of 787 training campuses. The qualifications mean Boeing Flight Services has training devices that are ready to be used with an approved training course in locations around the globe.

There are eight 787 training suites at five Boeing campuses -- Seattle, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai and London Gatwick.

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Inside Boeing's new 787 final assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Mechanics will start building 787 Dreamliners inside this building later this year and deliver the first airplane next year.


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The new Boeing 747-8 program recently achieved another milestone with the completion of natural ice testing. The testing, done on test airplane RC521, shown above, validated the aircraft's stability and control performance through conditions under which natural ice builds on the airplane.

Testing was accomplished by flying through clouds with an adequate amount of moisture present and at temperatures conducive to icing accumulation. With few windows on the freighter, team members had to rely on their equipment to know when they were entering icy conditions.

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-while providing enhanced environmental performance.

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A new Boeing 777 airplane is nearing completion inside Boeing's factory in Everett, Washington.

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.

Learn more at http://goo.gl/nJMGN

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