Taking a breather

As we head toward the weekend, I’m catching my breath before what promises to be a very busy stretch going into the Singapore Airshow. First of all, I wanted to step back and say a huge thanks to Aer Lingus for playing host to us during the Dream Tour’s stop in Dublin last week. More than 1,000 people visited the 787 during that stop in Ireland and it was exciting to see all the buzz.

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Great photo from Dublin looking out the 787 windows and onto the wing. Photo by Bob Ferguson.

During my time in Dublin, I also took part in the annual European Airfinance Journal Conference. I always enjoy this conference because it offers a great opportunity to take the pulse of the industry early in the year. Are there concerns about the market? Yes, but I have to say that everyone continues to be upbeat—including the financiers who seem confident about what lies ahead.

I’ll be in Singapore a few days before the actual air show to attend the Low Cost Carrier Conference. A lot of airlines, especially in Asia, are now competing in the low-cost segment and that’s fueling demand for single-aisle airplanes. Case in point— Nok Air in Thailand. They recently promoted their new 737-800 with a special sale to destinations across Thailand. Love their livery. I’ve always said our airplanes have personality. Now it’s great to see that Nok (which means bird in Thai) gave them a face— and a beak too.

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We know the new 737 MAX and the Next-Generation 737 are the perfect fit for these airlines and we look forward to working with them on their fleet needs. I’ll be blogging more in depth about this once I get to Singapore. For now, I’ll leave you with a picture of Guinness I enjoyed in Dublin. While it tastes good here at home, it tastes even better in Ireland.

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Cheers to the weekend!

Comments (6)

Caleb Pursley (Las Vegas, USA):

Cool Design. I like the beak.

Kyle (London):

I have not heard of this airline but what a great livery. Randy where is the food photo that usually goes with your posts? I know you must love your job!

Tan Swee Hong (Singapore):

Hi Randy,

You must be coming to Singapore for the biannual Singapore Airshow.

Saying 'Welcome to Singapore' would certainly be cliche for you, given your job. So instead I will say 'Welcome Back to Singapore'. Always loved the air-show and the flying displays, albeit crowded during the public weekends

Hope Boeing scores this year during this trade show. After all, competition is fuel for innovation.

By the way, loved the picture of Nok Air, super-creative! Guess they must have taken a leaf from those military-type designs.

Henry Tan (Singapore):

Ah Randy, allow my humble self to extend a very warm advance welcome to Singapore. If you haven't yet, try out our chicken rice and chilli crab and .....
On a personal note, as I have posted on your blog twice previously, I really wish to tour the insides of the Dreamliner soonest. Will the cabin be open to the public and if not, is there any way I could wrangle myself in for a long peek?
Many thanks if you could make it happen. Cheers from a former aerospace maintenance professional!

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

The 737 fits perfectly with Nok Air's unique livery.

Richard Meagher (Philadelphia, Pa 19061):

Randy

I see that you thanked Aer Lingus being a host to the Dream Tour. I grew up flying Aer Lingus to Ireland as a kid on many summers while visiting my parent's family over there. As I am sure you recall - Aer Lingus had a Boeing fleet then - 707s, 747s and 737s as well as BAC 111's and Fokker Friendships.

I was disappointed that they chose Airbus for their current fleet.

Now that they have seen the new 787 - any chance they may take another look at Boeing in the future?

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