Eyes on the sky

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.

Comments (6)

Wandercy F Fonseca (Belo Horizonte- MG- Brasil):

Boeing is the best airlines of the world.
pr Wandrcy

Walt (CA):

Once again Boeing shows the WORLD we not only bring it we do it with style. Thank you Boeing for doing the USA proud.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States ):

Displaying cars, particularly new cars like this Ferrari as this is an air show for new planes is one of the best ways to show off a car for public. Not a bad picture.

Sachin Galgalikar (Everett, WA):

Thanks for keeping us posted, Randy - can't wait to hear about tomorrow's "surprises". Enjoy the rest of the Show!

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Very cool! Looking out from the 747-8F at the C-5 Galaxy -- the 747-8F is now quite a bit more powerful than that aircraft.

The special thing about that Ferrari FF is the all-wheel drive -- the first Ferrari with AWD. One question, how did Ferrari trump Porsche in association with the Intercontinental?

Loving the flickr & youtube on the Sunrise -- beautiful plane!

George S (San Francisco California):

Hey Randy, the FF is not the first Ferrari car with 4 seats, It is however the first Ferrari with 4 wheel drive. Other Ferraris with 4 seats include the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, the 456 and the 400 (which used a GM auto box). In any case that was my favorite pic of Paris. 747 4ever...

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