DUBAI — Hello from the Middle East, where the Dreamliner made its debut in this region today. ZA003, the third 787, showed off its new paint job as it landed for the big Dubai Airshow. The airplane had the logos of all 56 Dreamliner customers to honor them.
ZA003 lands in Dubai with the logos of our 787 customers on its nose.
As I was giving a group of journalists a tour of the airplane, something strange happened. For the first time that I’ve ever seen, the group turned right as they entered the door instead of turning left for the cockpit. That’s how excited they were to check out the interior of the airplane that we recently installed to highlight the passenger experience.
The media got a kick out of trying out the large overhead bins— as well as dimming the windows with the touch of a button. This airplane was originally used for flight testing but was refurbished to showcase its features.
The cockpit was so quiet, I actually got the chance to sit down and chat undisturbed with 787 chief pilot Randy Neville.
This airplane really reflects the true passenger experience for the 787 Dreamliner and proves that we’ve changed the way you’ll fly. I know it will be a huge hit in the coming days here at the air show which officially starts tomorrow. I’ll be blogging on all the events, so be sure to check back.