The Commitments

As I look back at Tuesday’s events here at the Farnborough Airshow, it struck me that it really was all about commitment. Two of our customers, who happen to be two of the top leasing companies, made the commitment to buy our airplanes and make them a key part of their business model.

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner and Norm Liu, President and CEO of GECAS.

GECAS started the day with a commitment for 100 737s, including 75 of the new 737 MAX and 25 Next-Generation 737-800s. Before the day was over, ALAFCO announced their commitment for 20 737 MAXs. It’s very clear that the MAX has become the darling of the air show.

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Ray Conner with ALAFCO chairman and CEO Mr. Ahmad Alzabin.

The other star of the show was busy as well. Media and guests made their way into the 787 for Qatar Airways. It was my first chance to check out Qatar’s interior—and it didn’t disappoint.

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Later in the day, the airplane took to the skies for another exciting flying display. We’re told the images of the 787 flying at the air show are some of the most viewed on media websites. The rave reviews continue to come in.

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Day 2 of the flying display.

On Tuesday, we also had the chance to brief everyone on our progress with the 737 MAX. Bottom line— the airplane keeps getting better, and better and better. That briefing was followed by our second forecast in the past couple of weeks. We’re predicting a $2.4 trillion market for commercial aviation services over the next 20 years. And we wrapped things up with an update on our ecoDemonstrator program that’s about to enter flght test.

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Here’s the lastest photo of the ecoDemonstrator 737 for American Airlines.

One of the main reasons we take part in air shows is to meet with our customers, suppliers and partners. That’s why it was a pleasure to talk about the market with our friends at the Canada pavilion. Boeing and Canada have a long history—and the folks there are always a great audience. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I came away with a small gift basket of Canadian maple syrup— which I shared with the team at breakfast today.

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Speaking with our friends at the Canadian pavilion.

Speaking of food, I’ve had the chance to find some delicious restaurants over the past week and a half in the U.K. Last night, a group of us headed down a very narrow one lane road to the Anchor Inn out in rural Hampshire. It dates back to the 16th century and featured ceilings so low that the owners placed “mind your head” warnings around the pub. I had a great meal of bangers and mash.

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Not much head room in the pub.

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Pub food goes gourmet.

I’m looking forward to our final two days here at Farnborough. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes moments.

Comments (3)

Vincent (Madison, WI):

Thanks for the interior pics of the '87. They were certainly outstanding. Remember, and I know you go on vacation around that time, but we have good food and good aviation chatter at Oshkosh. And we would appreciate another exciting visit this year. Nice updates on the show as well, glad for all the narrowbody announcements. Where are the wide body sales?

Varun G (Chicago IL):

Truly amazing what is going on in the aviation world right now, with Boeing making the most innovative products in the world. The MAX is really stealing the show this year. I am excited to hear more orders for the 737 in the next few days. Qatar's 787 interior is fantastic. I'm eager to hear when the delivery of this fantastic plane to the fantastic carriers around the world will take place. Good luck to Boeing, and as their competitors only care about where it's made, Boeing will continue to care about how it's made.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Nice shot of the Qatar Airways 787 cabin, the availability of seating colors and led light really makes the cabin very adaptable to the users preference.

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