Major Milestones of Boeing

1916-Boeing Model 1 or B&W (the initials of its designers, Boeing and Westervelt) was the company’s first aircraft. This biplane aircraft had wings of different lengths and was made of wood and covered with linen.

1920-Designed as a mail plane, it was soon turned into the first commercial Boeing passenger airplane. Its radial engine allowed Model 40 to carry 1,000 pounds (454 kg) of mail and two passengers.

1935-DC-3 is a cult airplane, which made commercial flights profitable. One of the most popular in the history of aviation.

1938-The 314 returned aircraft into the era of sailing ships. This seaplane used to carry people across the Pacific prior to the Second World War. Moreover, the aircraft offered its passengers high level of comfort, as it comprised a recreation room, a restaurant, 36 seats unfolding into beds and men’s and women’s toilets among other facilities.

1957-Aircraft DC-7 could carry 110 passengers and cover long distances. It was called Seven Seas for its extensive range.

1958-In April 1952 Boeing’s board of directors made a decision to design an entirely new passenger airplane. Known as 367-80 or Dash-80 at early stages, the new aircraft was later named 707 to change the commercial aircraft industry forever.

1968-Boeing 747 was the world’s first wide-body passenger airplane often called Jumbo Jet. Juan Trippe’s bold plan resulted in the largest commercial aircraft ever, whose production required a new plant. The huge airplane is recognisable by its famous ‘hump’ over the upper deck.

1981-At this time the Boeing Company for the first time ventured to build two new commercial airplanes at the same time. The smaller one, 757, was a substitute for an earlier model, while the creation of the 767 was dictated by growing oil prices, which resulted in a fuel-efficient wide-body airplane constructed with the use of cutting-edge technologies.

1994-The first airplane designed using 3D graphics opened a new stage in the development of Boeing aircraft. The main consumer airlines made suggestions as to the airplane’s appearance, and then the company’s several chief engineers introduced all the proposals into the new project. Two decades later the 777 was modernised and provided with composite wings.

2009-The Dreamliner made of composite materials declared a revolution in the aircraft industry, which was as important as the substitution of metal for wood almost a century ago. The new level of effectiveness, fuel efficiency, environmental sustainability and comfort made the 787’s sales the highest in the history of civil aviation.