British Invasion

Just as America will always remember the British Invasion of the 1960’s led by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, it seems our friends in the UK will remember the 787 Dreamliner invading London and Manchester this week. All of our Dream Tour stops have been wildly popular, but seeing the passion for the airplane here in Britain for myself was something special. (Boeing photographer Ed Turner took all the great pictures in this post)

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Fans line up to watch a demo flight in Manchester.

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Going for a ride over Manchester.

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A little creative marketing.

I met the Dream Tour airplane during the first of its two stops at London’s Heathrow Airport for a special event that featured our customers British Airways, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic—along with 13 UK suppliers and partners. Our customers really helped drive the excitement at every stop in the UK this week. It’s clear they can’t wait to get their hands on the airplane.

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Our great customers lined up next to the 787.

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Here’s an angle you don’t see every day.

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A rare chance for me to get inside the 787 cockpit during its stop at Heathrow.

The media response was also amazing. We were able to bring several reporters on board some of our demo flights. Check out this report featuring me in a Richard Quest piece on CNN. A big thanks to our UK fans for tweeting out some great photos of the airplane as well. We hope all the spotters enjoyed following the airplane’s many flights during the week.

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The Dreamliner shines even on a cloudy day in London.

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From left to right: Steve Ridgway, CEO Virgin Atlantic; Chris Browne, MD Thomson Airways; Willie Walsh, CEO IAG.

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Catching a tow at Gatwick.

Boeing’s relationship with the UK goes back seven decades. In addition to the great partnership we have with our customers and suppliers, we also employ more than 1,200 people across the UK. This market is critically important to us from a customer base, supplier base and as a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners. Thank you Great Britain for playing host to the Dream Tour this week. We can’t wait to see the 787 flying your skies very soon.

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Thanks for the great British hospitality!

Comments (4)

Jerry Dyer (London UK):

Great piece Randy
I was busy when the 787 came to LHR. Shame, but I'm in Teddington, and when they use 09 right for departure, I get great fly-pasts. Looking forward to watching this beautiful aircraft in it's many UK carriers. When does delivery start?

Andrew Boydston (Boise, ID USA):

The reflection of the Horizontal Stabilizer on the side body of the Boeing 787 is an awesome photographic perspective. I almost gulped air when I thought this is a part of; or some kind of; side body flare built as a leading edge running into the horizontal tail. However, a shiny new 787 reflects many new perspectives as one does immerse themselves into the deeper reflections of genius revealed on the 787. Brilliant photo shoot.
Thanks Randy and Ed for the journal piece.

james green (bedford uk):

Beautiful plane, i hope to fly on Thomson next year to the usa

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

British Airways has the perfect airplane in the 787-8 and 787-9 with the range and right capacities to serve former markets from LHR and new ones like Portland,OR on the 8 or possibly non stop to Perth, Australia on the 9.

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