Human touch

For the past week, the second 787 Dreamliner known as ZA002 has been welcomed by thousands of fans across Japan. On Sunday, the airplane finally got to meet some of its makers. Lucky employees from our partners such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries were given a special tour of the 787 at Centrair Airport near Nagoya. Many of them couldn’t wait to give the airplane the human touch.

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Employees from our suppliers get up close and personal.

For most of these employees, it was the first time to see the Dreamliner in person. It was a proud day for all them as they pointed out the parts they had a hand in making.

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A proud day for our suppliers.

ZA002 made the short trip from Tokyo and was parked next to the Dreamlifter.

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Two beauties parked side by side.

Once again, amateur avgeeks turned out in force to snap photos— some of them bringing ladders to get the best shots over the airport fence.

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Once again, a rock star greeting for the 787.

It has truly been an incredible and emotional week for everyone who made the trip from Boeing. We loved meeting all the employees from our customer ANA and our suppliers. Thanks to the people of Japan for the warm welcome and hospitality.

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Mt. Fuji in the distance on the way to Centrair Airport.

Comments (7)

George S (San Francisco California):

Japanese people are treating the 787 as a local hero, I hope it will enter service very soon. Also the 787 wing looks a lot like the one of a Peregrin Falcon, very, very cool.

NoboruTerada (HigashiuraTown,AichiPref,Japan):

I'm Employer of Centrair airport.
I visited everettfactory 2006 so I hoped to see 787.
Yesterday I could to join your event at Centrair.
I'm very happy and enjoyed.
Thank you for comming´╝ü
I hope join 787 next event at 27th,July Centrair with my son and daughter.

Thank you

Daniel Tsang (Hong Kong):

Indeed, I was impressed by Japanese's reception towards the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Luckily I chose to greet the 787 in ANA's maintenance hangar instead of rooftop at Tokyo Haneda Airport and avoided the overcrowded place.

Sadly, though, I was unable to make a "human touch" the 787 as those suppliers can and my visit on board the 787 has unfortunately been a rush.

Notwithstanding this pity, there was no complaint from me, as I was able to meet the 787 which will revolutionise the way airplanes are built & the way people fly!

Cheers!

jake (NJ):

I understand your affection for the Dreamlifter and I share it (to an extant, of course) But to call it a beauty? That's stretching credulity a bit, isn't it Mr. Tinseth? The 787, of course, is an objectively beautiful airplane.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

They should be proud, Japanese companies with the hands of those on the ground made a good portion of the airframe. They should be among the first to fly the worlds newest and far away the most modern airliner in the world as passengers. A great job well done.

Daniel (Sydney, NSW Australia):

It's exciting to see the 787 almost come into passenger service. I seriously can't wait to finally fly in it some day in the not too distant future.

Being from Australia it might be a while before the local airlines finally take delivery. I hope it happens sooner later.

Btw, awesome journal entries Randy!

NoboruTerada (HigashiuraTown,AichiPref,Japan):

I was able to enjoy with my son in the event of Centrair Dreamliner on July 23.
We also take pictures I was allowed memorial will be fun to talk with Mr. Rob of Boeing Japan.
We thank you for the great time you can, and look forward to 787 ride as soon as possible by Centrair

Thank you!

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