SINGAPORE - I delivered my media briefing here on Tuesday at a very hot, muggy and busy air show.
A lot of the news coverage so far has focused on our outlook for the next couple of years - essentially that 2010 will be another year where we won’t see a huge demand in terms of aircraft sales, but that we see this year as a year of recovery, with 2011 the year airlines return to profitability, and 2012 when we expect to see a rebound in demand.
I also had the opportunity to “co-host” a segment on CNBC Asia’s Squawk Box this week. As I mentioned on the show, Asia is the hot aviation market right now, and a region where we expect to see 30% to 35% of the future demand.
As is often the case while I’m traveling, there’s lots going on back home. So let me share a few photos.
We’ve just unveiled the interior of ZA003, the 3rd 787 flight test airplane, and the one that is configured to test the passenger experience elements of the Dreamliner.
The interior of ZA003 includes 135 seats, as well as lavs and crew rests.
The third 787 flight test airplane will be used to test, analyze and certify the various elements of the interior, including lighting, lavatories, stowage bins, windows and galleys. It has a partial interior, shared, as you can see below, with flight test instrumentation racks and equipment as well as work stations for engineers.
Need I say that these are images of a real airplane interior now, not a mockup - an exciting glimpse into what the flying experience will be like, and another step toward certification and delivery of the 787.
This is an airplane that’s going to change the way we fly, not only for travelers here in Asia, but around the world. I can’t wait.