February 2014 Archives

Signing off in Singapore

As the Singapore Airshow comes to a close, I got the chance to welcome SilkAir’s brand new 737-800 after it touched down at the show. Decked out in my SilkAir team jersey, it was a special moment to see our customer bring their airplane home before it starts flying to destinations such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, India and the Philippines.

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Saying hello to SilkAir’s new 737-800 after in landed it Singapore.

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Beautiful new Boeing Sky Interior on SilkAir’s 737-800.

This air show really exceeded my expectations, with more customers, suppliers and media in attendance than ever before. With Asia being at the heart of market growth in the coming years, it’s easy to see why there was so much interest. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with customers in this region and bringing them the best products possible.

I’ll leave you with some photos of our time here in Singapore.

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Qatar’s 787 is in the background as I do an interview with the BBC.

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Inside Qatar’s 787 on static display.

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Thanks to Nok Air for a commitment to order eight 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s.

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Flying robots designed by students at the Nanjing University of Technology in China.

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Members of one of our proud suppliers, Tamagawa Seiki in Japan, greet us at their booth.

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Here’s me with Tim Bader, our communications lead for Asia Pacific. Tim and I both worked on the 747-8 program and couldn’t resist posing next to this great image in the German pavilion.

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No trip to Singapore would be complete without some great sushi.

Singapore 2014

Hello from Singapore, where the 2014 Singapore Airshow is officially off and running. We’re excited to have two of our customers showcasing their airplanes at this year’s show. Qatar Airways is displaying one of its 787s and SilkAir will bring its newly delivered Next-Generation 737-800 as it transitions to an all-Boeing fleet.

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Qatar’s 787 on static display at the Singapore Airshow.

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Boeing and SilkAir just celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-800, which will be on display later this week in Singapore.

We got things started on the eve of the show by unveiling our Current Market Outlook for Asia Pacific. We’re forecasting the region’s airlines will need 12,820 new airplanes over the next 20 years. The $1.9 trillion market is expected to represent 36 percent of the world’s new airplane deliveries. Single-aisle airplanes like the Next-Generation 737 and the new 737 MAX will make up 69 percent of new airplanes in Asia Pacific.

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As always, I enjoy air shows since they give us the chance to meet with our customers, our suppliers and the media.

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Media attended our briefing on the Asia Pacific Current Market Outlook on the eve of the Singapore Airshow.

Here’s a clip from one of my television appearances. I’ll bring you other developments from Singapore later in the week.

Spirit of 12s

This has been a special week for all of us who work at Boeing in the Puget Sound area. As the Seattle Seahawks get ready to play in Super Bowl XLVIII, we managed to pull off a jumbo sized surprise to salute the team.

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The paint hangar doors open to reveal the 747-8 Freighter in Seahawks livery. Photo by Paul Gordon.

A 747-8 Freighter in Seahawks livery made its debut on Wednesday. The airplane then took to the skies over the rest of the week, flying past Seattle landmarks and then to Eastern Washington— where it flew in a pattern that formed the number “12,” a salute to all Seahawks’ fans.

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Photo by Paul Gordon.

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Photo by Paul Gordon.

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Photo by Paul Gordon.

We’re proud to sponsor the Seahawks during this magical season and to have partnered with the team for more than a decade on projects in the Puget Sound. And we’re thrilled to be able to bring two Northwest icons together— the 747 and Seahawks. We’ll be rooting for you on Sunday. Go Hawks! To see how we pulled off this paint job, visit our special webpage.

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The airplane takes to the skies on Thursday. Photo by Gail Hanusa.

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Hello Seattle! Flying past the Space Needle and downtown. Photo by Monica Wehri.

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CenturyLink Field in the background, home of the Seahawks. Photo by Monica Wehri.

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The airplane completed a flight pattern that formed a giant “12” over Eastern Washington, a salute to all fans of the Seahawks. Image from FlightAware.com

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Boeing employees in Everett get the chance to see the airplane up close and personal. Ed Turner photo.

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Everett employees hold a pep rally on “Blue Friday.” Ed Turner photo.

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The airplane takes off in front of hundreds of Boeing Everett employees. Ed Turner photo.

 

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