Our airplanes have been doing a lot of fun things recently, while bringing a lot of joy to everyone who flies. In keeping with the holiday season, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things.
In what has been a year of “firsts” for Boeing, the 737 just added another “first” to its long list. A Next-Generation 737-700 BBJ flown by PrivatAir touched down at the Norwegian Polar Institute - an outpost dedicated to environmental and climate monitoring in Antarctica. The airplane was the first 737 flight to be operated to commercial standards on the southernmost continent.
The goal of the flight from Cape Town, South Africa was to prove that a commercial airline could operate a service to Antarctica and maintain industry safety standards, while improving efficiency and minimizing environmental impact.
The 737-700 BBJ was specially configured for polar operations, which included landing on blue ice. By the way, PrivatAir is a Geneva-based business aviation and private scheduled-service operator.
Queen of the Skies in the City of Angels
From icy weather to sunny skies— in a city full of celebrities, the 747-8 Intercontinental was the star this week as Lufthansa launched service between LAX and Frankfurt using the Queen of the Skies. The airplane received a water cannon salute as it arrived at LAX.
Los Angeles is the second U.S. destination, and fourth in the world, for Lufthansa’s new 747-8 Intercontinentals. Lufthansa uses its other three Intercontinentals on routes between Frankfurt and Washington D.C., Delhi and Bangalore, India.
Meanwhile, Boeing will be honored tonight by Global Traveler after its readers named the 747 the Best Aircraft for the sixth year in a row.
777 Racking Up
Speaking of awards, Business Traveler has announced its “2012 Best in Business Travel Awards.” And the winner for best aircraft type is— the 777. It’s just one of the awards the 777 has racked up this year. It was named best aircraft by Executive Travel Magazine in August (the fifth year in a row) and by Premiere Travel Magazine in November.
I finally got around to trying out our new 787 Dream Pass. If you haven’t logged on yet, do yourself a favor and check out this virtual flight experience. You won’t be disappointed—but be warned you could spend hours enjoying it.
My favorite part was the takeoff. You really get the feel for what it’s like inside the flight deck of this incredible airplane thanks to 360-degree tour.
Six cameras were used to show off all the features of the Dreamliner—from the inside to the exterior. The footage was shot on the final leg of the Dream Tour from Portland, Oregon to Seattle—as well as inside a Boeing paint hangar.
Kudos to all the people involved for pulling off the Dream Pass!