Magnificent seven

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Comments (8)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Strength through diversity - very cool cultural show!

Chris C (South Africa):

I’m thrilled to read the positive remarks that both Scott Carson and Pat Shanahan had to share about the new, phenomenal 747-8 family. With the fourth 747-8F in production apparently being lighter in weight than the first -8F, and with Shanahan’s comment on the -8I as “the engineering on the 747-8I is better than planned,” I remain firm in my prediction that a significant range/payload increase will be announced during flight-testing of the advanced 747. Further, the -8I and -8F will secure many more orders in the coming months; they're incredible airplanes, period.

Boeing’s Paris 2009 Airshow web-page is simply excellent, and it was a pleasure to log-in on it at the end of the day to catch up on all the news and events, and view some of the presentations! Also, the product information cards were excellent. Really a neatly constructed website, thank you.

It’s exceptionally exciting to hear about all the milestones the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner is achieving on path towards first-flight! Keep up the great work, before we know it, this magnificent airplane will be flying high!!

Don Harrington (Bellevue, WA):

Kudos for ANA hanging in there with the 787. Love the 'We Fly 1st' slogan!

Keep up the good work everyone. Here's hoping the first flight will be streamed live.

Barun Majumdar (Seattle, WA, USA):

As a complement to Paulo's leading comment, I'd like to say that diversity breeds innovation too.

Paul Joldersma (Seattle, WA):

Congratulations to ANA and the 787 team!

TC (Mt. Vernon, WA):

Kampai, great demonstration of barrel section technology.

hamilcar (Philippines):

Jens Flottau of Aviationweek said: "Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney: 'Eventually, we will have an all-composite replacement for the 777". "According to Boeing's calculation, the all-composite fuselage aircraft would be 20%-25% lighter than the current 777 and consequently offer huge savings in fuel burn'". It's like watching a good game of chess: 330 --> 787 --> 350 --> 777Nx. Another dream-like airplane for future airlines whose survival depends on savings in fuel burn.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States.):

I still remember when ANA was the first to order the 787, the plane had a shark tail, a very low nose and it was a few feet shorter than it is now. ANA will now have the newest plane and most efficient plane in the skies.

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