An Alaska Airlines plane is pictured with a paint job to mark the centennial of The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
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The Boeing Co. marked its centennial Friday with plans to focus on innovation, including ambitious projects for supersonic commercial flight and a rocket that could carry humans to other planets.The enterprise established by William Boeing in a Seattle boathouse has faced numerous "bet the company" moments over its 10 decades to bring out new planes such as the 707 and 747 .The company is exploring the possibilities of commercial supersonic and hypersonic planes, Muilenburg said.Muilenburg said Boeing is arguably stronger now than at any point in its 100-year history. It has a backlog of 5,700 plane orders, enough to keep its factories humming for six or seven years.
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