Good Times

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.

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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.

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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.

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A memorable dinner in Tokyo.

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The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu).

Comments (5)

David S (New Orleans LA`):

Is there any place you have not been or any food you have not tasted?

Jon Evans (Coral Springs, FL):

Hi Randy,

It's good to see that you were able to enjoy a regular flight on the 787 and see how the plane works with a crew and paying passengers.

With all the traveling you have done, did you notice a difference in your travel experience flying on the 787 with regards to the air pressure, larger windows, and lighting?

Please read the link from your local KIRO reporter who also flew on ANA. It is very interesting that this plane is a REAL game changer in air travel. ALL the passengers interviewed noticed a big difference in the flight, larger bins, larger windows, less noise, and the cabin pressure all added to a more enjoyable flight.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/kiro-7-reporter-gives-depth-tour-boeing-dreamliner/nSYns/

Congratulations again to everyone at Boeing for making aviation history and making travel more enjoyable.

I can't wait for a 787 to start service in South Florida.

Thach Nguyen (seattle, wa):

International travel is my favorite and trying all of the wonderful food. Great photos. Glad to have found your blog.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

With the international traveling that you do and what looks like another good meal, it must be nice to travel and come home on the 787 a little more rested.

Frank Burns (Midland. Western Australia):

Hello randy, Thanks for sharing the flight details with me regarding ANA's newest design. Just out of Interest and History, my late wife's brother was; Commodore. Captain. Harry Baker.

Harry flew with ANA, ("Australian National Airways") including the inaugural Trans-Pacific-Flight on the Skywalker series. It was the first flight of Peace-Time after the end of World war II.

There is a museum at Bullcreek in Perth, Western Australia where you could learn more about Harry and his many exploits.

All the best for the New Year. Frank Burns

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