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    Boeing Gives the 7E7 Dreamliner a Model Designation
    Friday January 28, 3:13 pm ET
    Boeing Continues Proud Tradition of 7-Series with 787


    SEATTLE, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA - News) today gave Boeing Commercial Airplanes' newest airplane -- the 7E7 Dreamliner -- an official model designation number of 787. The airplane now will be known as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
    "We used 7E7 to highlight the airplane's dramatic efficiency advantages," said Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "All those advantages and more continue with this official model designation for the airplane."

    Since the naming of the initial 707, all Boeing commercial jets have been named in succession based on the 7-7 formula: 717, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777 up to the latest Boeing commercial jet transport, the 787.

    The model designation comes at the same time the company announced orders from the People's Republic of China for 60 of the airplanes. The airplanes would be delivered to six Chinese carriers -- Air China, China Eastern, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.

    "Incorporating the 8 at the time of the China order is also significant because in many Asian cultures the number 8 represents good luck and prosperity," said Mulally.

    Tradition at Boeing has been that airplanes in development are given a letter designation and at time of launch are given a number. The 757 started life as the 7N7, for instance. The 767 was the 7X7 and the 777 was the 767-X.

  • #2
    Here is a wierd coincidence:
    Boeing today signs a deal to supply 60 Boeing 787s to China. A total of 6 Chinese airlines have received clearance to order the aircraft and deliveries will start in 2008. These airlines are Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. Today is also the day that the manufacturer is expected to officially name the aircraft the 787, replacing the 7E7. The number 8 is considered lucky in China. It is no coincidence that the next Olympic Games, to be held in Beijing, will start on 8/08/2008 at 8

    From justplanes.com That part about the 8 is wierd.
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    • #3
      Boeing's statement;
      Boeing Gives the 7E7 Dreamliner a Model Designation
      Boeing Continues Proud Tradition of 7-Series with 787


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      SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2005 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today gave Boeing Commercial Airplanes' newest airplane -- the 7E7 Dreamliner -- an official model designation number of 787. The airplane now will be known as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

      "We used 7E7 to highlight the airplane's dramatic efficiency advantages," said Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "All those advantages and more continue with this official model designation for the airplane ."

      Since the naming of the initial 707, all Boeing commercial jets have been named in succession based on the 7-7 formula: 717, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777 up to the latest Boeing commercial jet transport, the 787.

      The model designation comes at the same time the company announced orders from the Peoples' Republic of China for 60 of the airplanes. The airplanes would be delivered to six Chinese carriers -- Air China , China Eastern, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.

      "Incorporating the 8 at the time of the China order is also significant because in many Asian cultures the number 8 represents good luck and prosperity," said Mulally.

      Tradition at Boeing has been that airplanes in development are given a letter designation and at time of launch are given a number. The 757 started life as the 7N7, for instance. The 767 was the 7X7 and the 777 was the 767-X.

      Additional Information:

      The Boeing 7-Series Family is a recognized brand worldwide. Below are some of the "firsts" with each new 7-series Boeing brought to the market:

      - 707 -- World's first successful commercial jet, first commercial jet with swept wings and podded engines - set the pattern for all commercial jets built today.

      - 727 -- First commercial jet to have completely powered flight controls, the first to use high-lift systems including the triple slotted flap and leading edge slats, and the first to have an auxiliary power unit (APU).

      - 737 -- World's best-selling commercial jetliner, with orders for all 737 models totaling more than 5,500.

      - 747 -- First jumbo jet, first commercial plane to use high-bypass engines.

      - 747-400 -- First with dedicated flight crew rest area, first with SATCOM capability, first two-crew, wide-body commercial jet with four engines.

      - 757/767 -- First jets to pioneer the concept of commonality - first planes to share a common cockpit and common type rating so pilots qualified to fly one airplane can also fly the other - introduced the "glass cockpit' to commercial jets, first ETOPS twins.

      - 717 -- First commercial airplane to receive a Concurrent and Cooperative Certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Europe 's Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA).

      - 777 -- First commercial airplane to be completely digitally designed and digitally pre-manufactured, first to receive type certificate from both the FAA and JAA at the same time, first to be ETOPS certified before delivery.

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      • #4
        Already mentioned
        Discuss anything aviation related, such as airline news, specific aviation questions, etc.
        - The baby will be back -

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        • #5
          yeah thanks but that one is title "MAY become."...

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          • #6
            I think it was/is only a matter of when, not if

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            • #7
              Originally posted by onlyboeingifly
              yeah thanks but that one is title "MAY become."...
              still not worth its own thread, add it to the existing thread on the same subject.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Alaska Air Rules
                Here is a wierd coincidence:
                Boeing today signs a deal to supply 60 Boeing 787s to China. A total of 6 Chinese airlines have received clearance to order the aircraft and deliveries will start in 2008. These airlines are Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. Today is also the day that the manufacturer is expected to officially name the aircraft the 787, replacing the 7E7. The number 8 is considered lucky in China. It is no coincidence that the next Olympic Games, to be held in Beijing, will start on 8/08/2008 at 8

                From justplanes.com That part about the 8 is wierd.

                IIRC 8 is a lucky number in China

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kcmh
                  IIRC 8 is a lucky number in China
                  Yes your right.
                  - The baby will be back -

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                  • #10
                    Too bad. I liked 7E7 better.
                    THE VOICE OF REASON HAS SPOKEN!
                    Pop quiz: Which US president said, "Saddam Hussein has spent the better part of this decade, and much of his nation's wealth, not on providing for the Iraqi people, but on developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them."
                    George W. Bush is not correct. It was Bill Clinton in his 1998 State of the Union speech. HMMMMMMMMM.

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                    • #11
                      Well Boeing can only make one more plane now and they're out of numbers. What's the bet the 737 replacement will be called the 797, would work well I think.


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CaptainJackSparrow
                        Well Boeing can only make one more plane now and they're out of numbers. What's the bet the 737 replacement will be called the 797, would work well I think.
                        In that case, I would hope they would start with 808 and work their way to the 900's. The Chinese would love the 808-898!
                        THE VOICE OF REASON HAS SPOKEN!
                        Pop quiz: Which US president said, "Saddam Hussein has spent the better part of this decade, and much of his nation's wealth, not on providing for the Iraqi people, but on developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them."
                        George W. Bush is not correct. It was Bill Clinton in his 1998 State of the Union speech. HMMMMMMMMM.

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