Boeing Commercial Airplanes opened its first Australian office in Sydney in 1959 when Qantas became the first international customer for the company's first passenger jet, the 707, and revolutionised air travel for Australians by halving flight times to the rest of the world. More than 50 years later, Boeing is the most popular choice of aircraft for airlines flying in the Pacific and is proud of its enduring partnerships with its commercial customers in the region.
Qantas operates one of the world's largest fleets of 747 aircraft, along with twin-aisle 767 aircraft, 717s and the popular single aisle 737 aircraft. Qantas recently took delivery of its 75th Boeing 737 and currently has 64 in its fleet (having retired or sold some over the years). These include the 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft, the most economical, fastest and most efficient single aisle plane in its class. Qantas bought its first 737-800 jets in 2002 in one of the fastest aircraft deliveries in history with the first 15 planes arriving within 100 days of contract signature.
Indeed, the 737 family has proven a tremendous workhorse for many airlines in this region making up a large proportion of the fleets of Virgin Australia, Air Pacific, Air Vanuatu, Air New Zealand, Our Airline (formerly Air Nauru) and Qantas.
Boeing's relationship with New Zealand began in 1966 when the National Airways Corporation, which later became part of Air New Air Zealand, purchased three 737s. This relationship was further cemented in 1981 when Air New Zealand purchased its first jumbo jet and began service from Auckland to London the following year. Since that time, the airline has become a leading global carrier and currently deploys 747s, 767s, 737s as well as both the B777-200ER and B777-300ER. Air New Zealand is the launch customer for the much anticipated 787-9 Dreamliner.
Virgin Australia domestic services launched in 2000 with just two 737-400 planes. Now the airline and its sister carriers Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue operate more than 50 Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 NG aircraft, and Virgin Australia has 40 737-800 NG aircraft on firm order as well as additional options.
When Virgin Australia's international arm, V Australia launched its long haul routes, it chose the comfortable and spacious twin aisle 777-300ER. Today it has five 777-300ERs in its fleet.
Air Pacific, the national carrier of Fiji, operates 747s, 767s and 737s to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United States.
Boeing aircraft have also proven popular with the governments of Australia and New Zealand. The Royal New Zealand Air Force operates two 757-200 aircraft in a variety of roles, while the Australian Government chose two Boeing Business Jets (BBJs), a version of the 737, for their ability to fly anywhere in the world with just one stop.
Another integral component of BCA is Commercial Aviation Services (CAS), which provides lifecycle solutions, materials and engineering services, and 24x7 global customer support. Boeing Field Service is also part of CAS. Field Service provides Boeing customers with timely, on-site technical advice and can call upon any BCA technical resource to resolve operator problems. Dedicated Field Service representatives are located in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.