Off to Africa

Today, I’m off on a couple of new adventures. First, I’m going to do something I’ve always wanted to do, and I get to do it in a special way: Ethiopian Airlines is flying away its first 777-200LR today, and I get to be on the delivery flight.

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I’m going to spend some quality time on this beautiful new 777-200LR.

I’m thrilled to do this for a number of reasons: First, it’s the 900th 777 to be delivered. Second, I’ve never been on a delivery flight before. But most important, it’s exciting to be with a customer that is taking an airplane that so perfectly suits its needs.

The Worldliner is a perfect airplane for Ethiopian — it’s going to use the airplane to operate a new, non-stop roundtrip service between Washington, D.C., and Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

It’s going to be a fun flight: We’ll fly five or so hours to DC, and then it’s 11 and a half hours from Washington to Addis Ababa. I’ve always wanted to join a delivery flight, but when I was in Sales, my customers were North American airlines so the opportunity never came up.

I’m also thrilled to have a chance to return to Africa for the first time in 20 years. And once I’m there, I’ll be on a speakers’ panel at the Africa Airlines Association annual General Assembly.

I’ll share some pictures from my trip in a few days — I hope you can come fly with me!

Comments (6)

Jun Leido (Manila, Philippines):

Good on 'ya Randy! I'm sure you'll find a lot of time to feel actually how well the product you sell =)

I hope you can take some avid Boeing fans - like myself - on such flights in the future.

Kudos to the 777 Program and to the people at Boeing who makes this great plane possible.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Nice to see the 777 close in on 1,000 - quite a bit faster than the 767. Enjoy your flight ;)

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

There is no better aircraft that can offer the range and capacity needed for the Washington, DC to Addis Ababa route than the 777-200LR, congratulations to Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing on the delivery of the first Worldliner.

Freddy Hagens (Everett):

Randy, as I said before, you have the coolest job in the company! Sign me up... Looking forward to some good pictures.

I did contact the Marketing folks you mentioned and am keeping my fingers crossed.

Richard M (New South Wales):

Thanks Randy! YES please post pictures of the 777 crew, Addis Ababa, the Ethiopians, the speakers’ panel at the Africa Airlines Association annual General Assembly and the local cuisine!

Thomas Horstmann, Jr. (Portland, Oregon):

Are you flying coach or first class? Just kidding... I know Boeing it up to their head in crocodiles right now with the Dreamliner and 747-8 projects, but it appears Boeing will lose market share to the A350-900/1000 unless you upgrade or replace it with something new.

Without putting you into the hot seat, when do you think Boeing is likely to announce their plans regarding the 777?

Good luck in Africa.

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