Has it really been a year? It’s hard to believe, but this weekend marks one year since the 787 was certified. I still look back on that day with tremendous admiration for all the work that went into what is essentially a small stack of papers that cleared the way for a new chapter in aviation history.
A moment I wouldn’t have missed. The original Dreamliner made the perfect backdrop at the 787 certification ceremony in August 2011.
Certification offered us a unique vantage point. We could look back on all of the hard work that started with a small team of people in the 2001 time frame and grew to include tens of thousands of people all around the world. And at the same time, we could see the future with more certainty because we had cleared the way for deliveries and operations to begin.
What a picture! The second 787 Dreamliner, ZA002, made a special fly-by during last year’s event.
We have other 787 anniversaries coming in the months ahead - a year since delivery and a year since the start of revenue service. While those dates will likely get more attention, certification was a turning point that will always stick in my mind. Let me be the first to say “happy anniversary” to the entire team.