Thunder road

The Paris Air Show kicked off today in Le Bourget with a bang—literally. Chalet road turned into thunder road this morning after two torrential downpours complete with thunder, lightning and wind.

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Stormy skies didn’t stop the air show— although some chalets took a power hit.

But sunny skies greeted the 787 for Air India as it took part in the afternoon flying display. It was a huge hit and the airplane looked spectacular.

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Boeing photographer Ed Turner captured these photos from today’s flying display.

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I’ve said this show is going to be all about the widebodies, and Day 1 lived up to that promise. GECAS became the second customer to make commitments for the 787-10X. The leasing company plans to buy 10 of the airplanes.

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner signs the papers with GECAS President and CEO Norman C.T. Liu.

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Here’s a 787-10X in GECAS livery.

For those of you wondering about a potential 787-10X launch, I’ll just say “stay tuned.” We’re very engaged with our customers and get closer to a launch each day.

Qatar Airways also announced orders and commitments for 9 of our 777-300ERs. This is a huge testament to the popularity of this great airplane.

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Our thanks to Qatar Airways for their confidence in the 777-300ER. Here’s Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner.

On the single-aisle side, the 737 MAX will soon be the cornerstone of one airline’s fleet renewal. Skymark Airlines in Japan announced their intention to buy the airplane.

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Here’s a 737 MAX in Skymark livery.

After a barrage of media interviews, I found some time late in the day to go on board the brand new Qatar 787 that’s on static display. This airplane is the 60th Dreamliner we’ve delivered and the interior is just as impressive as you’d imagine.

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On board the Qatar Airways 787.

I’m looking forward to a busy day tomorrow and sharing more with you then.

Comments (2)

Andrew (Boise, ID USA):

Randy, Sometimes you are at the right place at the right times. Cheers onboard, with Qatar's gracious crew members.:)

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

This is the first day of the Paris Air Show and already 9 777-300ERs have been sold and the 737 MAX picks up orders. With Singapore Airlines ordering 30 787-10Xs it looks like the launch of the 787-10 is eminent.

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