The first Boeing plane at their first assembly building, on Seattle's Lake Union. Picture from Boeing.

The first Boeing plane at their first assembly building, on Seattle's Lake Union. Picture from Boeing.

94 years ago today, the Pacific Aero Products Co was founded by William E Boeing in Seattle, WA and it has been an amazing ride since! Some key moments in their history:

1917: The company was renamed to the Boeing Airplane Company.

1927: Boeing started their own airline called Boeing Air Transport.

1933: Due to new regulations, Boeing was split into three companies: United Airlines, United Aircraft Corporation and the Boeing Airplane Company. This is the year that William Boeing also left Boeing.

1938: The first flight of the Boeing 314 Clipper.

1944: Due to the war over 350 aircraft were being built each month.

1957: The Boeing 707 has its first flight.

1960: Boeing purchased Vertol Aircraft Company which got them into the business of helicopters.

1963: The amazing Boeing 727 takes off for the first time.

1967: Just four years after the 727 has its first flight, the Boeing 737 takes to the sky.

1969: The first wide-bodied airliner, the Boeing 747, has its first flight and changes airline transportation forever.

1971: Funding for the Boeing 2707, the supersonic airliner, was cut.

1981: The first wide-bodied, twinjet airliner, the Boeing 767 has its first flight.

1982: The Boeing 757 has its first flight.

1994: The Boeing 777 successfully has its first flight.

1996: Boeing merges with McDonnell Douglas.

1998: The Boeing 717, which started life as the MD-95, has its first flight.

2001: Boeing moved its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago.

2009: The much anticipated Boeing 787 Dreamliner has its first flight.

To read more about Boeing’s history, be sure to check out their huge history section on their website.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & FOUNDER - SEATTLE, WA. David has written, consulted, and presented on multiple topics relating to airlines and travel since 2008. He has been quoted and written for a number of news organizations, including BBC, CNN, NBC News, Bloomberg, and others. He is passionate about sharing the complexities, the benefits, and the fun stuff of the airline business. Email me:
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