Heat of the moment

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.

Comments (17)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

It's beautiful seeing it being put together. Large overhead luggage bins and large windows..

David Vangeison (Park City, UT USA):

I was part of the study you guys did with the mock up at the Boeing Air Museum. Good to see it real.

Scott C. (Renton, Wa):

Looks great. Can't wait to fly on one...

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

It looks spectacular and like no other cabin I have ever seen, the future is here!

Axel S. (Los Angeles, CA, USA):

Can't wait for her to start services, though it will be years before one comes to LAX's whereabouts.

Thiagarajan (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Wow! Its beautiful. Eagerly waiting to fly in one.

Jim Needham (Rome, Italy):

Boeing continues to set the standard for commercial aviation with the 787. The in service 787 will be the most friendly environmental bird in the sky. Go Boeing.

Don Bennett (Houston, Texas USA):

I enjoy you postings very much. I have a question. How do they account for the momentum and wind shear in the 1.5 loading on the wings. I was in a DC6B in November 7, 1957 that was caught in an upstairs tornado. Each wing had permate wrinkles about six inches apart as I looked at them in the lightning bolts.

I was on the way home following discharge from the USAF and the lecture they gave on how many are killed on the way home really sunk inn. I began to wonder about how my folks would spend my flight insurance I had taken out as a joke before starting the trip because to me the question was which wing would come off first.WE eventually landed safely in N.O. and the airplane was junked. It had almost 2 degree increased dihedral in the wings, the fussalage had almost a 5 degree twist parts of a harzontal stablizer were missing and gas leak from both wings until they were enpty.

It deformed but did not yield for which I have always been thankful since that date. It was I think a Delta flight.

Jason B. (Seattle, WA):

Why have 3 middle seats, everyone's worst nightmare? Is the airplane interior configurable to 2 4 2 or even better 2 3 2 for airlines who want to differentiate their product? I'm sure there is a good, research based answer, but inquiring minds want to know.

Jim Hasstedt (Everett, WA, USA):

I hate to spoil the mood, but my initial impression is "too bad the first thing the passengers will notice is how cheap the headrest covers look on an otherwise fantastic and classy airplane!"


I was hoping the 787 interior would be more exciting, as was depicted in the marketing material. These images look almost indistinguishable to a new 777 or A330 interior.


Hi Ed (and others on this same topic):

What you see on this flight test airplane is not a typical interior configuration. Most of the interior components are for flight test purposes only.

That means this particular interior is very basic and includes flight test equipment and instrumentation, and clearly no business or first class accommodations.

So, it's not meant to look as the airplane will appear in service. Stay tuned for that!

-- Randy Tinseth

P.Sumantri (France):

to Ed

What do you expect?

You want to put a certain number of people in a tube and they have to remain seated. You need two aisles for embarkation, disembarkation, service and emergency evacuation.

Have you another idea than putting seats in rows?

I can hardly imagine anything "exciting" in mass transportation.

Chris C (South Africa):

There’s no disputing the fact that those cabin windows are huge! The super-efficient 787 will certainly capture the joy of flight with those beautifully large cabin windows. The cabin design looks extremely modern, clean and neat.
Indeed, whilst it’s just a “model cabin” for passenger seating testing, I’m not too keen on those blue headrests. Personally, I would’ve made them a grey colour; the same colour as the beautifully sculpted cabin ceiling. But, that’s a minor negative in my opinion to an otherwise great looking cabin in an incredible airplane!

The 787 is a game-changer, and it’s the 21st-century flagship airliner, period! Best of success for flight testing this year, and I’m of the firm belief that further efficiency gains, resulting in payload/range performance will be achieved from the 787’s technologically advanced design!

Ed: The 787 economy section in these photo’s looks EXACTLY like the marketing material of the economy section of the 787 that I’ve seen. And P. Sumantri is right; a cabin in an airplane still needs to accommodate the basics as he highlighted, and Boeing just perfected the basics beautifully in this new cabin of the 787. (Minus the blue headrests in my opinion! : )

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Heard from a littlle bird that RC501 - the first 747-8F - is scheduled to fly Monday, February 8th, at 10h00 Pacific Time (18h00 GMT).

Good luck all!

Mayer (Seattle):

Can you clear up exactly what if any negative issues have come up with in flight testing?

With respect to the opverhead bins, the problem is that the way things are going with security there won't be any carry on's allowed any more which makes that convenience a waste of space as well as weight on the airplane.

Azamiruddin (Kedah, Malaysia):

I eagerly want to see what and how aircraft design department looks like. From styling design to aerodynamics study, how do they do it?

I think, those who work in this department should take the credit too...normally people forget about them, and mainly focus on production department and flight test department.

P. Jansen (Amsterdam, Netherlands):

Seems well done.
But, maybe a little disappointing for you, the only matter I am really interested in in an aircraft cabin is the seat pitch. Because of my long legs. Cannot Boeing make it airlines impossible to put the seat rows very close after each other? So that seats are comfortable for everyone?

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