Seattle

Happy New Year, and welcome to my new Web journal. Talk about a new year’s resolution - I’m starting the year by entering the Internet, and I’m looking forward to it.

I hope it will help solve one of my biggest frustrations - not being able to talk with everyone as often as I like about what’s going on in our industry and our company. Either I’m in a different time zone, or in a meeting or at another commitment, so this web space can be a place where you can go to find out my thoughts and opinions.

And in the weeks ahead as we figure out more about blogging technology, we’ll be adding more features, so it can be an additional good source of information on BCA and the industry. But you’ll still be seeing and hearing from me plenty in 2005 - my travel calendar is already filling up fast. And I think it’s going to be a great year. I think we’ll see the market continue to rebound, and that will be good news for everybody.

Looking back before the dust settles on 2004, it was a great year of building momentum for BCA. Our orders went up, with 272 in ‘04 compared to 239 in ‘03. It was a super year for widebodies for us. The 777 had a ton of great news - big orders, the first deliveries of the -300ER, the progress on the -200LR and the offering of the 777 Freighter. We had 10 orders for the 747, and the 7E7 had one of the best launch years of any commercial airplane program.

As the orders continue to come in, we’ll see how the 7E7 stacks up with the other best sellers. In fact, that comparison could be a good journal entry. But in the meantime, don’t worry too much about that 200 milestone. The interest in the airplane has been terrific, and the program is right where it needs to be. It will be fun watching the 7E7 this year - there will be a lot of great technology coming out of the program in ‘05.

As we have researched effective Weblogs, I learned that a cardinal rule of blogging is to keep the entries short and to the point. So I’ll save some more thoughts on 2004 for another entry. Hope you enjoyed reading this, and stay tuned.