Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Firsts at Farnborough

Firsts at Farnborough:
Day One of the Farnborough Airshow was a series of firsts—the first time our new CEO attended an air show in his new role, the first 737 MAX order from a leasing company, and the first time a Boeing 787 took part in the flying display.

The 787 takes part in its first ever flying display at an air show.

That flight of Qatar Airways’ 787 was the perfect end to a near perfect day for Boeing. The only thing missing was the sun that’s been shining on Seattle. After gray skies and the threat of rain all day— all eyes were on Mike Bryan as he took the airplane up for a short but exciting seven minute flight that included an unexpected touch and go. It was a great way to showcase what is truly one incredible airplane.


The 787 meets the V-22 during the flying display.

Earlier in the day, the 787 was part of an unveiling ceremony as Qatar’s CEO Akbar Al Baker and new Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner welcomed guests on board the airplane for the first time. It was a proud moment for us and our customer—and we can’t wait to see them put the airplane into service in the near future.

Checking out Qatar’s 787.

A full scale model of the 737 MAX Advanced Technology Winglet.

Our first order of the air show came at high noon when ALC became the first leasing company to order the 737 MAX. The order includes 60 737 MAX 8 and 15 737 MAX 9 airplanes. Of course, everyone is wondering what else we have on tap when it comes to orders. I’ll just say the week ain’t over til it’s over—so stay tuned!

ALC becomes the first leasing company to order the 737 MAX.

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