Forget the two-and-a-half years of delays and the speculation about it not making it to Farnborough International Airshow. You didn’t have to be an aviation geek to appreciate the sight of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner arriving in Europe at Farnborough Airport the day before the airshow opened. In photos the 787 looks sleek and sexy. In flight it looks like pure poetry.
AIN Air Transport Perspective
People generally leave major international airshows exhausted after a week spent traipsing around vast sites trying to get an unrealistic amount of work done.
Former Boeing president Phil Condit once famously said, in so many words, that there is no point having aircraft at airshows. What he meant was that Boeing didn't really see sufficient value in bringing its aircraft on the international show circuit to offset all the risks and costs associated with this. But the U.S.
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