This message was sent out to Boeing employees earlier today by Alan Mulally, Boeing Commercial CEO:
Long live the Queen of the Skies
Its official! We have launched the 747 Advanced as the 747-8!
With orders for up to 34 747-8s announced today by two of the worlds leading cargo carriers, Cargolux of Luxembourg and NCA Nippon Cargo Airlines of Japan, the Queen of the Skies continues its remarkable run as the worlds most recognized and popular airplane icon. And it solidifies our product strategy for offering the safest, most capable and efficient airplanes between 100 and 450 seats the 737, 787, 777 and now, the 747-8.
This is wonderful news for the 747 program, our customers, the worlds airline passengers, and everyone here at Boeing. The 747-8 family, which includes the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter, is quieter, more efficient, more environmentally friendly, offers lower trip costs and lower seat mile costs. It is the natural successor to the 747-400, which has built an unmatched record of success with customers around the world.
The key to the advances in the 747-8 are the technologies of the 787. From engines to aerodynamics and more, we are using 787 technologies to bring to life these two new members of the proud and valuable 747 family. Thats why we chose the designation 747-8 to show the technology and innovation connection to our 787 Dreamliner.
We are thrilled to have Cargolux and NCA choose the 747-8 and become our launch customers. These two great carriers have been a tremendous part of the success of the 747 program. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with them on the next great 747 airplane. Todays launch order, which includes 18 firm orders plus options for 16 more airplanes, is worth approximately $5 billion at list prices
We are able to move forward today with a new 747 thanks to the talent, dedication and creativity of the men and women of Boeing. It is because of you that we will continue to offer the worlds best large passenger airplane and the most capable freighter airplane ever built. Through some very difficult times, we stayed focused on our strategy, performed to our plan, and kept investing in the future. The 747-8 is the shape of the future for large airplanes, and today is a day to celebrate!
Congratulations and thank you!
And long live the queen of the skies!