LE BOURGET, FRANCE - Hectic activity here at the Paris Air Show continued unabated on Wednesday. My daily calendar was filled with a variety of customer, analyst and media meetings, including an interview on Argentina television, and German and French press.
Also at the show we announced an airplane order from MC Aviation Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi.
The crowds on these trade days at the show seem to thin out a bit as we get later in the week.
But back home, we’re making news as well. In Everett, final assembly has gotten under way on the first delivery Dreamliner. This 787 - Airplane #7 - will be delivered to ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan in the first quarter of 2010. ANA launched the 787 program in 2004 with an order for 50 airplanes.
In the factory, 787 vice president and general manager Scott Fancher (r), and Takeo Kikuchi (l), general manager - ANA U.S. Engineering, prepare to celebrate the new addition to the 787 line in traditional Japanese style.
Below, Boeing and ANA celebrate with a “Kagami wari” ceremony, using wooden mallets to break open a wooden “Taru,” or sake barrel, lid.
Pictured from left to right are: Kinichiro Suetsugu, manager - ANA U.S. Engineering; Takeo Kikuchi; Scott Fancher; and Mike Fleming, director of Services and Support - 787 program. Standing behind them are some of the ANA team and Boeing and Rolls Royce employees supporting ANA.
Seeing all of this only makes me want to echo Scott Fancher in saying to the team, “Kampai” - cheers!