Travelin' Man

BANGKOK - Hello from Thailand where I’m now providing market updates after spending the past week at the Asian Aerospace Expo in Hong Kong. And what a week it was for Boeing. The expo’s grand opening featured some celebratory lions posing in front of a model of the 747-8 Intercontinental (pictured below). I hit the ground running on the first day of the show and it’s amazing I still have a voice after doing one interview after another with print and tv reporters.


A grand way to kick off Asian Aerospace.

It was also great to have time to catch up with so many of our customers and suppliers as well as some government officials. You never know who might show up at these events so it kept me on my toes.

The second day of the show was a bit slower, allowing me to actually take in the sights of the event hall. Some flight attendants from Shanghai Airlines dropped by our both and I asked them to pose with me front of the Boeing logo. I also got to pose in front of a model of a Comac C919. I even stopped in a small parts manufacturers booth where origami was on display (along with an assortment of machine tools), trading a 787 pin for a bird origami to take home to my daughter.


Flight attendants from Shanghai Airlines.


Spreading my wings in front of a model of the Comac C919.


I was able to find a great gift for my daughter at this origami display.

It’s no secret that the expo provided some great news for Boeing. We got commitments from Air China for the 747-8 Intercontinental and from Hong Kong Airlines for 38 airplanes including 32 787s. We also picked up firm orders from Aeroflot, ILFC and Cathay Pacific.

I expect the Asia Pacific region to account for one-third of all airplane deliveries over the next 20 years. We’re already doing our part to keep up with that demand by making rate adjustments and it’s already paying off for our 777 line with orders from Aeroflot and Cathay Pacific. Of course, the biggest demand in the fastest growing markets will be for single-aisle airplanes—a fact that will play a big part in our decision on whether to re-engine the 737 or build its all-new successor. Stay tuned.

As for this travelin’ man, all this plane hopping can really throw off the body clock. But my hotel in Hong Kong made it easy to remember what day it is by changing the “lifts” rug every morning.


What day is it?

Comments (6)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Congratulations for you orders last week.

Small question, with that sort of extensive travel, besides food, do you manage to pick up any local lingo? :)

jason alberts (ny state):

Love all the photos Randy. Thanks for sharing some of the fun. A fantastic week for Boeing indeed!

Daniel Tsang (Hong Kong):

Hi Randy,

It has been my pleasure attending your press briefing as a journalist.

I know you have a very good memory, so do you still remember me - Daniel Tsang? And my question about the 737X as well?

I have to say "thank you" to you and James Edgar with whom I talked as James and you provided really insightful, informative information.

Wish you have some nice time in round-the-world trips!

TC (Mt. Vernon, WA):

In the future of high fuel costs, can one aircraft compete across the 1 to 7 hour flight range?

The Comac C919 seems to designed for the prime market of 150 passengers at 1 to 4 hour flights. Bombardier will have a slightly smaller plane in this territory. Airbus will have a re-engined range heavy aircraft for 4-7 hour flights, but will it be light enough to compete in the 1 to 4 hour range? What will Boeing do?

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

The Comac C919 looks like an interesting airliner. There is a lot of debate and speculation on what should replace the current production 737NG on the blogosphere particularly on particularly on how many aisles and what kind of seating configuration the successor aircraft should have.

Congratulations of the 38 aircraft ordered by Hong Kong Airlines, the 777s ordered by Cathay Pacific and Aeroflot and the 5 747-8 Intercontinental ordered by Air China.

Jessica (Mukilteo, WA, United States):

Hi Randy,

This is my first time reading your blog. I really like the unique company culture that Boeing seems to have! The pictures you posted made me feel a nostalgia toward the employees and the work that Boeing does. I work in an industry where I work with Boeing employees and travelers, and it is quite amazing what Boeing can produce. I also love the history of Boeing and airplanes in general. Thank you for blogging about your travels and what your views are on the competition and what Boeing has to offer. Very interesting to read, and I hope I can continue to learn about Boeing to best support my business and further my own knowledge!

Thank you!

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