You can always count on the 787 Dreamliner to get your blood pumping—and it did just that during Tuesday’s session of the Paris Air Show. The airplane landed during a media reception and immediately turned heads. Even though the Dreamliner itself is incredibly quiet, you could feel the energy level of the crowd go up as soon as it made its approach.
The 787 Dreamliner circles over Paris.
Tuesday is always the peak of the air show and this year was no different. When people weren’t busy checking out the airplanes on the ground, they were busy watching the airplanes in the sky.
No, it’s not Superman. The crowd looks up at one of the many airplanes coming and going at the air show.
I stopped by the customer chalet and it was absolutely packed. It just goes to show the level of enthusiasm of the airlines as they enjoy this period of renewed growth in the market. In fact, our order announcements today really showcase our diverse customer base. Those airlines cover different parts of the market, have different business models, and face different requirements. It’s proof of the diversification of the market that I talked about in last week’s release of our 2011 Current Market Outlook.
Aeroflot ordered eight 777s, Malaysia Airlines exercised options to buy 10 Next-Generation 737-800s, Norwegian Air Shuttle ordered 15 737-800s, and GECAS agreed to buy eight 777-300ERs and two 747-8 Freighters. The 747-8 Freighter will be a new model in the GECAS portfolio.
View of the air show crowd from the mouth of the 747-8 Freighter.
Speaking of the 747-8F, that airplane continues to get a lot of buzz after making history with a transatlantic flight on biofuel. Today, the Freighter was on display at the air show with its forward cargo door open.
The 747-8 Freighter with its forward cargo door open.
I’ll end today with a couple of photos showcasing the 747-8 Intercontinental. The sunrise livery looked amazing at the show today next to the first Ferrari four-seat luxury car, the FF.
A colorful combo.
I also climbed aboard the Intercontinental to pose next to the staircase leading to the upper deck. As with all our airplanes on display in Paris this year, we’re proud to showcase the kind of passenger experience you can only get on a Boeing aircraft. Tune in tomorrow when we’ll have a few surprises to share with you.
Welcome on board the Intercontinental.