Tuesday roundup

For the most part, the heavy rain stayed away on Day 2 of the Farnborough Airshow. In fact., both the 787-9 and 737 MAX were able to take part in the flying display this afternoon after being washed out by heavy storms on Monday.

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Dark clouds couldn’t keep the 787 from taking part in today’s flying display at Farnborough. Marian Lockhart photo.

Boeing’s Centennial Experience pavilion also proved to be a major attraction, drawing thousands of people by the exhibition’s second day. Visitors to the exhibit get a hands-on way to learn about the company’s products, technology and people—featuring 11 interactive exhibits..

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Boeing’s Centennial Experience pavilion uses hands-on exhibits to immerse visitors in Boeing’s past, present and future. Marian Lockhart photo.

We had plenty of customer announcements today as well, with the 737 MAX leading the way. TUI finalized an order for 10 MAX 8s and one 787-9. Air Lease Corporation ordered six MAX 8s. China’s Kunming Airlines announced an MOU for 10 MAX 7s, while an unidentified Chinese customer committed to buy 30 737s—a mix of MAX and NGs.

We also finalized the terms of Volga-Dnepr’s 20 747-8 Freighters. During the ceremony, Volga showed off the capability of the 747-8 by loading the U.K.’s top contender for the title of World’s Fastest Car— the Supersonic Bloodhound SSC — into its nose of the Freighter.

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The nose cargo door on the 747-8.

I’ll fill you in on all the activities on Day 3 tomorrow.

Comments (2)

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

Really love the picture of the Bloodhound SSC jet and rocket car going into the 747.

Bill Aronec (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada):

Lots of chatter recently on the MoM aircraft vs A321LR. Has the use of the 777 wing fold technology been considered to reduce the wing span to such a point where existing 757 capable gates could be utilized on a 737 or 787 derivative?? Perhaps a 777x inspired rewinged and shorter 787-1?

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