What other airline delivery function will carry up Trump and “fake news”? In which the CEO states that the US3 (United, American, and Delta) will need to “shut up and intellect their possess business”? And where no just one is shocked by any of these comments? Qatar Airways of course!
Very last week, Qatar Airways took delivery of their first Boeing 747-8F, and I was thrilled to go. Not just to see the plane, but to as soon as once again hear what Akbar Al Baker may well say. He is regarded for speaking his intellect and providing some entertaining sound bites.
When I arrived at the Everett Supply Heart, the principal function place experienced an exciting setup. Aspect of the place was completely ready for a press conference, and the other half experienced a bunch of tables and chairs for lunch — total with piano. To just one aspect was a Qatar Airways 777-200F and to the other aspect was the star of the bash a Boeing 747-8F. Beautiful.
— David Parker Brown (@ARdpb) September twenty five, 2017
Right after a spherical of pictures of the airplane, the press conference started off. As if completely timed, an Emirates 777-300ER took off for a test flight. Although, couple in the place seemed to observe.
No matter how you really feel about what he states, there is no issue that Al Baker is passionate about his nation, and his airline. Having said that, he does appear to be to make some anxious.
Any time he speaks, I like to observe the airline and Boeing PR people to see their reactions (stress, dread?). You know the appear. Trying to retain a smile, although also stressing about what may well be stated next. No issue they get paid their paycheck.
Throughout the press conference, Al Baker was requested a political issue about the latest blockade. He mentioned that the function was about an plane delivery, and not politics. He was suitable. Having said that, he continued to make it political, chatting additional about the blockade, the government subsidies, and the US3.
I sort of want to angle it back to the plane. If you want to start off a political flame war in the comments, I guess go for it. At the very least just one particular person bear in mind to chat about the interesting airplane, okay?!
The press conference wrapped up with your typical speeches from management, some shaking of arms, signing of papers, and then we headed down to the tarmac (yea, figured I by now brought up other controversial matters, so I am heading comprehensive-on and contacting it a “tarmac”), for the ribbon cutting.
Ideal just after the cutting I listened to a sounds. Hmm. Could it be? It guaranteed was… the nose was lifting.
As other folks took pictures of the folks at the ribbon, I moved my way to the entrance of the airplane. It was there that I recognized an picture of a gentleman on the base of the nose – turns out it is the Emir (leader) of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Then it was back upstairs for a nice lunch, ahead of using some past pictures of the 747. I requested if I could go within the airplane for a tour, but no go. Examining out the within of a 747F however stays on my AvGeek bucket record. I have the more challenging-to-get An-124 and Beluga, but the 747F however eludes me.
Throughout the conference, Al Baker did point out that if his two 747s do nicely, he may well appear at yet another. By no suggests will this help save the 747 from retirement, but it will delay it by just a small and I am fully okay with that.