My favorite things

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.

Cool Runnings

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dream Pass

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.

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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.

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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!

Comments (9)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Great post, the PrivatAir story is pretty cool. Certainly a faster way of getting emergency personnel, supplies. Wonder how often it will fly out..

Daniel (La ville a Irapuato):

JĀ“aime votre avion !!! cet importan ce vien por moi

brian thompson (AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND):

Fantastic photos that are posted on FB Very impressed with boeing co.
The dreamliner is fantastic
Brian

Ryan Chase (Melbourne, Australia):

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm fairly sure the Skytraders A319 is operated to commercial standards down to Antarctica. Love the blog too mate, it's great to see 73's heading down there!

Johan (Calgary):

The Dream pass is simply amazing. Thank you for sharing it Randy. As you said I could spend all day on this.

Jason Hadick (Brussels):

Why on earth aren't more airlines jumping on the 747-800 bandwagon? If it is genuinely less expensive per passenger mile, has better CO2 emissions, and is quieter than the whale of Airbus, why does the sales force of Boeing not have success after success in placing these gorgeous beasts?

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

The take off and landing in the Dream Pass is simply amazing. How did they put enough cameras in the cockpit during an actual flight to allow panning? I always wanted to see what kind of a 'front seat' view pilots have during take off and landing, looking left and right as well as straight ahead.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Being from the Los Angeles area I am real happy to see Lufthansa's 747-8 operate to and from LAX. LAX is among the first airports in America and in the world to get the 747-8 and 787.

Dan (Santa Monica, California):

While it's nice to see the 737-700 on the ice, it's not that impressive an accomplishment. Summertime, GPS, Inertial and VMC conditions. What is more amazing to me is the crews of the past who accomplished that flight in whiteout conditions, using polar grid navigation to get there. CelNav, howgozit curves, round engines and the like. Of course, we are all standing on the shoulders of giants. The reliability and automation of the BBJ are simply built upon the years of hard won experience our forebearers in aviation amassed.

Great pics - thanks for sharing!

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