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Korean Air double delivery at Future of Flight

Boeing Aircraft Deliveries at the Future of Flight Aviation Center


In addition to benefiting from the Future of Flight facility for its Tour operation, The Boeing Company has used the Aviation Center for customer aircraft delivery ceremonies. The new airplanes taxi to the ramp right next to the south side of the Aviation Center. From inside the Gallery, guests at large delivery events get an impressive view of the plane through the enormous glass hangar door, and when it is opened they can walk out under the aircraft. For smaller delivery events, the ramp-side Flightline Room also provides an up-close experience through its floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

A small sample of the over 50 deliveries at the Future of Flight to date appears below. A complete list of the ceremonial deliveries is in the PDF file at the bottom of this page. 

2007 – first Future of Flight airplane delivery event: a 777-300 ER for Cathay Pacific Airways

2009 – first 777F delivery to FedEx

2011 – first delivery of a 787 airliner, to All Nippon Airways (ANA)

2012 – first delivery of a General Electric GEnx-powered 787 to Japan Airlines (JAL)

2012 – delivery of two freighters to Korean Air, a 747-8F and a 777-200 LRF, which were parked nose-to-nose outside the Aviation Center Gallery

2014 – first 787-9 delivery to Air New Zealand; first 747-8 Intercontinental delivery to Air China

2015 – delivery to Cargolux of a 747-8F at a ceremony that included dinner and special recognition of Joe Sutter, the “Father” of The Boeing Company’s 747 Program.

The Boeing Company continues to use the Future of Flight Aviation Center for special aircraft delivery ceremonies even though in April 2013 it opened its own 180,000-square-foot delivery center on the east side of Paine Field, replacing a smaller facility.

Other significant Boeing aircraft events have occurred at the Future of Flight facility. On July 8, 2007, over two thousand people celebrated the rollout of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The Foundation provided children’s activities and photos with Hello Kitty. The Rolls-Royce company had its engine test-bed aircraft (a Boeing 747) on display next to the Future of Flight, which allowed the general public a look at the 787 launch engine, the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000. Tickets to the event cost $7.87.

Two years later, on December 15, 2009, over 400 donors and friends attended a party at the Aviation Center to watch and celebrate the first flight of the Boeing 787. The Future of Flight Foundation hosted a private event for people who had donated $250 or more. Guests received a VIP Parking pass, admission to the private party in the Gallery of the Future of Flight where there was food, mimosas and other beverages. Besides viewing the event from the Strato Deck, donors could stay indoors to watch a live video feed of the flight on a large screen.

In 2008 The Boeing Company held a special program at the Aviation Center to gather visitor feedback on how airliner interiors of the future could look and feel. Visitors could book a seat on the Shape the Future tour. Included in the two-hour event were a brief guided tour through the exhibit gallery, a session lasting approximately 20 minutes in the Passenger Experience Research Center (PERC), and a visit to the Boeing 747, 777, and 787 assembly lines. The PERC, located in the Future of Flight Aviation Center’s Gallery, was used by Boeing Commercial Airplanes to study reactions from the flying public to various airplane interior concepts and innovations. Another Shape the Future event was held from August 10 through September 3, 2012.

The PERC originated before the construction of the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour facility. Initially located in a 30-foot by 60-foot tent next to the previous Boeing Tour building, it was created by The Boeing Company and Teague, a Seattle design firm that works on Boeing aircraft interiors. Boeing Tour participants were invited to a session in which their seated heights were measured and they were asked a series of multiple choice questions using wireless devices. The PERC has two main purposes. First, drawing on the diverse, international body of Boeing Tour visitors, it influences the design of airplane interiors. Second, it provides airlines valuable information that helps them select the interiors for their new Boeing aircraft.

The PERC was particularly useful in designing interiors for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. Its research helped lead to that aircraft’s overhead bin design (which curves up to create a sense of openness), larger windows, and LED lighting that simulates the sky. The PERC was substantially overhauled in in 2013 and is now focusing on the upcoming Boeing 777X’s interior design. 


Aircraft Deliveries

Aircraft Deliveries at Future of Flight Aviation Center