A Moment in History: Boeing 7-Series Celebration and 787 Unveiling

A resident of Chicago, Illinois, Katherine Sopranos is well versed in media relations and corporate communications. Katherine Sopranos spent much of her early career as a freelance writer and editor before taking on roles as media relations manager at the Tribune Company and communications specialist at Boeing. At the latter, she managed communications for Boeing International and the Boeing 7-Series.

With nine aircrafts within its family, the Boeing 7-Series ranges from the 707 to the 787. The latter, also known as the Dreamliner, was unveiled in July 2007 as part of a celebration noting the success of the 7-Series. Leading up to the reveal, other aircrafts from the 7-Series took flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, and headed to Boeing Field in Seattle. Cars with airplane enthusiasts lined the road in anticipation of seeing the aircrafts take flight. In addition, photographers gathered to capture images of the planes leaving the field.

As the event took place, Boeing announced an order from Air Berlin for the purchase of more than two dozen 787-8 aircrafts. The contract was a $4 billion sale and included the option to acquire 10 more as well as the purchases rights for an additional 15 aircraft.

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Innovations in the Boeing 7-Series

From 2004 through early 2010, Katherine Sopranos served as communications specialist with the Boeing Company. In this role, Katherine Sopranos oversaw public relations for such initiatives as 7-series multimedia outreach and the 787 Dreamliner Program.

In the 1940s, the aviation industry allocated model numbers in the 700s to represent jet aircraft. Airplane manufacturer Boeing responded to this announcement by selecting “707” as the name for its next aircraft, as company executives felt this title had more marketing value. The 707 had its first flight on December 20, 1957, a date that many credit as the beginning of the Jet Age.

The 707 remained the primary passenger jet aircraft through the 1960s and into the early 1970s. The 727 launched in 1963, and its ability to land on smaller runways helped it to break production records by the early 1980s. Focused on expanding customer seating and introducing the two-person cockpit, the 737 launched in 1969.

Boeing also stands out as the developer of the Jumbo Jet, a two-story behemoth that launched in 1969 and succeeded in making commercial air travel more affordable. The next major development in Boeing’s airplane design occurred in 1994, when the 777 appeared on commercial runways as the first commercial aircraft designed entirely on computers. In 2009, Boeing again brought innovation to the aircraft design industry with the fuel-efficient 787, whose plastic fuselage and attention to passenger comfort has already led to high demand.