Drop the X

Launching an airplane is always a special time. And it doesn’t get more special than launching it during an air show. We did just that today in Paris as we did away with the “X” and formally launched the 787-10.

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There were smiles all around at today’s launch of the 787-10. ALC Chairman and CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy (left) and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner celebrate.

Not only will this be the most efficient jetliner in history, it’s going to be a passenger favorite.

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The 787-10 under a night sky.

We couldn’t have gotten to this point without our customers Air Lease Corporation (ALC), GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), International Airlines Group/British Airways, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines. We thank them for their support.

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Here’s a look at models of the 787-10 featuring our customers.

During today’s event, I couldn’t help think about the first time I saw Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner help launch an airplane. It was early in my marketing career, and Ray was the sales director for Thai Airways at the time the airline launched the 777-300. It was a proud moment then— and another proud moment today.

I also want to thank Korean Air for their commitment to order five 747-8 Intercontinentals and six 777-300ERs. As I predicted, widebodies continue to dominate the headlines at Paris.

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A 777-300ER and 747-8I in Korean Air livery.

I’ll leave you with a lovely photo I took this evening in Paris on the way to dinner— showing the French flag waving in the warm breeze under the Arc de Triomphe.

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A warm night and comfortable stroll along the Champs-Élysées.

Comments (4)

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Congrats on the official 787-10 launch and 102 orders from ALC, British Airways, GECAS, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines. The 787-10 will be a great competitor to the A350-900 and successor to the 777-200ER.

V V (Montreal, Quebec):

I have been waiting for the launch of this aircraft since long time.

At last it is launched.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

I am so glad that Korean Air is purchasing five more 747-8I's, bringing the total to 10. The 'jumbo' is here to stay!

GeorgeM (Long Island, NY):

Randy: Congratulations to you and the entire Boeing team for a spectacular Paris Air Show! As a member of the original Dreamliner Design Team, I'm still waiting with great anticipation for the 787 to make its first appearance at JFK and/or LGA. For that matter, I'm also waiting to see the first 747-8 in the skies over Long Island (either variant will do, but the one I REALLY want to see is the -8i). Any timely info you might be able to send me as to the initial arrival of either the 787 or the 747-8 would be much appreciated, so that I can grab my camera and get some pictures of those beautiful birds.

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