Not even today’s downpour at the Paris Air Show could stop the excitement surrounding the 787 Dreamliner. A steady stream of customers, suppliers and media climbed aboard the airplane today—so many that I didn’t even have a chance to get inside myself. I’ll make up for it tomorrow when I take some of our customers through the Dreamliner.
A brief break in the clouds allows the sun to shine down on the 787 Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show.
Speaking of customers, we made another big announcement this morning. UTair in Russia has agreed to buy 40 Next-Generation 737s. UTair is one of the largest Boeing operators in Russia and we’re thrilled to know they’ll be expanding their fleet.
That news comes on the same day that I accepted an award from Airline Economics Magazine. Calling it the gold standard, they’ve named the 737-800 as the aircraft of the year in their “Aviation 100” survey. And what better place to accept the award than inside airberlin’s 737 with the beautiful new Boeing Sky Interior.
The 737-800 is named aircraft of the year by Airline Economics Magazine.
Another one of our customers also made big news today (the surprise I referenced in yesterday’s blog). 787 launch customer ANA showed off the interior for its long-haul Dreamliners as well as its special livery (pictured below). I have to say the inside and out are truly striking and should be a huge hit with anyone who flies.
ANA reveals its special livery for the Dreamliner.
The new interior for ANA’s 787s.
As I mentioned in our 2011 Current Market Outlook last week, a number of things will need to happen to support the demand for commercial jetliners. Today at the air show, Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, released our 2011 Pilot and Technician Outlook. It shows that by 2030, there will be a need for 460,000 new pilots and 650,000 new technicians. Sherry didn’t mince words, saying we all need to step up to attract new generations of culturally diverse people to the aviation industry. She also rightly pointed out that nothing short of a transformation in air traffic management will be needed. Check out a video here to see what Boeing is doing to meet this challenge.
Pilots training in a 787 full-flight simulator.
I’m really looking forward to an event we have planned tomorrow. It’s our first-ever “tweetup” for all our fans who follow us on Twitter and here at Randy’s Journal. If you happen to be at the air show, I’ll be hosting the tweetup at noon Paris time at the spot pictured below— the Boeing pavilion by the 787 Dreamliner. As you’ll notice in the photo, I’m holding on to something special that I’ll bring along to the tweetup.
Getting ready for Thursday’s tweetup.