Dubai 2009

DUBAI – After a full day at the air show I can say that this is a very different experience than Dubai 2007.

Two years ago here we were at the peak of the cycle. Clearly that’s not the case this year. As best we can tell, there’s been no flurry of orders.

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A busy day at Dubai, along the static display area and chalet row.

I’m also getting the impression that journalists seem to be having to work a bit harder to find their stories this time around. Our first day at Dubai focused on media interviews, group discussions with reporters and some TV appearances.

My fellow Boeing executives and I are very busy this week not only with media but also meeting with customers, suppliers and other industry stakeholders.

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Chatting with Dow Jones reporter Stefania Bianchi at Dubai.

On Sunday we saw the traditional “walk through” the exhibits and static displays by the Crown Prince of Dubai and an entourage of seemingly hundreds. We also saw the arrival of the Qatar 777 here. Boeing delivered the brand new airplane to Qatar last week.

This is Qatar’s 3rd 777-200LR and it will be on display here throughout the show. Afterwards the airplane will enter service on a new Doha to Melbourne route - Qatar’s first entry into Australia.

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Talking live on Al Jazeera’s English channel broadcast.

It will come as no surprise to my colleagues shivering in the cold back home in Seattle, that the weather here has been balmy. The daytime temperature has been in the mid 80s (about 30C) with a pleasant, light breeze. As always, it feels a bit warmer along the static display and flight line!

Coming up, Day Two of the show, when I’ll be presenting Boeing’s forecast for commercial airplanes demand in the Middle East region.

Comments (2)

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Two years ago to the day, I still remember my blog entry just fresh from the Emirates A350 "mega order" for 100 planes.

Though times have changed stemming from the world wide recession, things age getting better but I think airlines will be more conservative on ordering large amounts of aircraft in the future but orders will come.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

I know, as far as very high sales prospects go, niche aircraft are well built for specific small markets. This is true for aircraft like the 777-200LR - very well built and market leader in its small class.

Nice photos of the 747-8F - have to say from the smaller more elegantly styled engine pylons, it is quiet evident that Boeing did not leave all the efficiency work to General Electric and its mighty fine GEnx works of art. Looking mighty fine this one.

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