It was only fitting that I returned home today from a week-long business trip to Japan on board one of ANA’s 787s. While I’ve flown on the Dreamliner several times during the recent Dream Tour, this was the first time I had the pleasure of taking a ride on the airplane in commercial service. The flight was just as I expected — a beautiful airplane inside and out with fantastic service from ANA.
A beautiful wing. On my way home from Japan on board one of ANA’s 787s.
It’s no secret that thanks to ANA and JAL, Japan is the single biggest customer for the 787. I spent the past week in Japan meeting with the media and some of the key players in our success in this country. From our customers to our suppliers, Japan plays an incredibly important role for Boeing.
If you look out over the next 20 years, we’re forecasting that Japan and Northeast Asia will need 1,270 new airplanes valued at $220 billion. Half of that will be for growth. With the recent expansion at both Haneda and Narita airports, the upcoming deliveries of 787s and expansion of low cost carriers, we expect some good times ahead.
Presenting the Current Market Outlook in Tokyo.
If you look short term, the outlook in Japan is just as impressive. A total of 111 787s have been ordered by Japanese carriers - 18 are already in service with over 40 flights per day. New Dreamliner routes out of Japan serving Singapore, San Diego, San Jose and Helsinki are on the way. A huge thanks to all of our friends in Japan for continuing to push the envelope—and for helping us do the same. I’ll leave you with a couple photos from my time there.
A memorable dinner in Tokyo.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu).