The heat is on

It’s been a busy June already, and it’s only just begun. This time of year - air show time - is always a little frantic. As I continue to get up to speed on the new job, I’m also preparing the 2007 market outlook, which we’ll start to talk about next week. And then the week after that is the Paris Air Show.

But I wanted to take a minute and link you to a couple of things that might be worth your time.

The first is a new Website that just went live - focused on commercial aviation and the environment. It’s called enviro.aero. I think this site is a timely addition to the dialogue, and a big help in setting out the facts.

The more our industry can get involved in and support environmental communications initiatives like this, the better. There are many measures underway to limit aviation’s impact on the environment, and Boeing is a part of those efforts.

Another item I’d like to steer you to is the latest in a series of “Webisodes” about the 787 Dreamliner, called “Revolutionizing Flight.”

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Dreamliner Webisodes 3 and 4 are now available for viewing or download.

The third episode in the video podcast series takes a behind-the-scenes look at how we’re incorporating breakthrough technology to make riding on the 787 smoother for the passenger, and how improvements in altitude pressure and air purification are going to leave you feeling more refreshed at the end of your journey.

For those of you who geek out on technology, Webisode 4 will be of interest. You’ll see how the Dreamliner was conceived to be free from the constraints of conventional airplane design. And how new technologies will not only significantly improve the air travel experience, but will also make owning and operating the airplane easier, more profitable, and better for the environment.

The fascinating thing about the new technology on the 787 is that we required these innovations to meet the test of bringing substantial benefits (in other words, it is not just new technology for its own sake - it must confer sufficient benefit to make it worth incorporating into the airplane).

So, just a few things to get you thinking as we transition into the heated air show season just around the corner.

Comments (4)

Saj (London, UK):

Great to know you're settling into your new role and doing a great job on this journal too.

The web updates on the 787 are remarkable and worthy modern day history to be valued.

Like you, I'll also be at the Paris Airshow- looking forward to reading the 2007 Current Market Outlook!

Best wishes to the 787 team as they enter the final 4 weeks of final assembly!

Chris C (South Africa):

Airbus A350XWB is a leap-behind the super-efficient 787 and a stumble behind the 777. It is a proven fact that an-all composite barrel fuselage structure offers the lowest maintenance costs, and is fully corrosive free, ultra-strong yet light, and environmentally friendly to manufacturer. A key Gulf-region airline CEO is quoted at saying that he is sold on the 40% reduction the 787 offers in maintenance, something that an aluminium frame cannot achieve. Further, the CEO is quoted at saying that the 787-style all-composite barrel design is the way the industry is going to go. The Boeing 787-3 and –8 have no competitors – these aircraft are super-efficient, phenomenally capable and are perfectly optimised to suit the 330 seat and 210seat to 250 seat markets respectively. The formidable 787-9 competitor is the 270-seat A350-800. Looking at the figures so far, the 787-9 will seat between 250-290pax, hence it will have greater flexibility for market route requirements. The composite-panel on aluminium frame A350-800 will have a range of 8,300nm according to Airbus latest figures. The 787-9 has a range flexibility of 8,000nm to 8,500nm, thus offering more attractive solutions for the customers. Moreover, the Airbus A350 family has a standard fuel capacity of 150,000lts. The 787 family is 126,900lts. Clearly, the 787 is far more efficient, and flexible, than the A350, period. Looking at the A350-1000 so far, it will seat 15pax less than the –300ER, whilst fly only 8,000nm…only a pinch ahead of the big 777s range. One then needs to think, if Boeing were to create a 777-300ERx and –200LRx using composite barrel and other 787 technologies, then the A350 will be blown away!

Eric Coronado (Lombard, Ill, USA):

In regards to aviation and the environment, I wonder if a more productive tack to take would be to encourage the retirement of older aircraft, either by increasing the cost of flying older aircraft, or decreasing the cost of trading in to newer generation aircraft, or both. Perhaps government could purchase and destroy spares for certain older engines while providing offering cash or financing benefits to trade ins.

John (Eugene, Oregon, USA):

It is good to hear that 777ER and 787 sales are going well. This is a good example of having the right design at the right time. I can’t say those blueberry pancakes in your photo looked that good. Have a good time in Paris and rack-up some good sales figures.

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