Earlier today, we officially announced that a 787 Dreamliner—decked out in Qatar Airways livery—will travel to the Farnborough Airshow. It won’t just be on static display. This airplane will take part in flying demonstrations on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the show.
The 787 for Qatar that will fly at Farnborough.
While Boeing hasn’t taken part in flying displays at air shows in quite a while, this opportunity at Farnborough allows as many people as possible to experience the gracefulness of the 787. The airplane will arrive in Farnborough on July 5. The following day, it will do a validation flight in advance of the air show.
Boeing Captains Mike Bryan and Randy Neville will fly the demonstration flights around 4pm each day that will last approximately 7 minutes—showing performance takeoff, the visual appeal of the airplane, and its quiet performance aspects.
In addition to Qatar’s 787, Korean Air will bring their 737-900ER with Boeing Sky Interior to Farnborough. It’s a great chance for us to show off the new interior that more and more customers are opting for—and will come standard in the new 737 MAX.
Korean Air’s 737-900ER sports the new Boeing Sky Interior.
Before heading to the air show myself, I’ll be in London next Tuesday to unveil our 2012 Current Market Outlook—our 20 year forecast for the aviation market. I look forward to sharing details of that with you next week.