Boeing Plans to Debut 787 Dreamliner and New Unmanned Systems at Farnborough

CHICAGO, July 9 — (PRNewswire) — The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its international debut this month when the doors open on the Farnborough International Airshow outside London. Boeing also will feature an extensive display of new, advanced unmanned systems and technologies.

"We've chosen Farnborough as a venue for spotlighting the breakthrough capabilities and innovations of both our commercial airplanes and our defense, space and security businesses," said Tom Downey, senior vice president, Boeing Communications. "We look forward to an optimistic mood this year as industry leaders meet amid signs of economic recovery."

The 787 flight-test airplane, ZA003, will touch down at Farnborough the morning of Sunday, July 18 and will remain on static display through mid-day July 20. The airplane will be open for tours on a scheduled basis July 19 and 20. Boeing is using ZA003 to test and certify seats, galleys and associated cabin safety and comfort systems, among other test points.  

Boeing's exhibit at the show will focus on unmanned systems, including the international debut of the recently unveiled Phantom Ray demonstrator, the A160 Hummingbird and the Unmanned Little Bird. The Boeing Unmanned Systems Display will showcase more than a dozen products, including the new Integrator and the ScanEagle Compressed Carriage.

During the show's daily flying demonstration, Boeing will demonstrate the capabilities of its advanced, combat-proven, multi-role F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter. The company and its customers will display several other systems, including the air show debut of the 737-based Peace Eagle airborne early warning and control platform for the Turkish Air Force. Visitors also will see the C-17 Globemaster III military transport; the F-15E Eagle fighter jet; and the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. In addition, Qatar Airways will display its newest Boeing 777-300ER July 19-22.

Boeing will hold a series of media briefings during the show, as listed below. Media at the show should check the briefing schedule daily at the Media Centre and the Boeing media chalet, situated in chalet row B 1-6, for updates.

The company will keep the news media and the public updated about activities at the show at starting July 15 and through Twitter feeds: @BoeingAirplanes, @BoeingDefense and @BoeingCorporate.

Note:  All times listed below are local to Farnborough

Sunday, July 18 – Tuesday, July 20

Approximately 9am Sunday – 787 Arrives Farnborough Airport*

The 787 will be available for media viewing during the following times:


11.30 to 13.00


12.00 to 13.00


09.00 to 10.00

*See separate 787 media advisory for further details

Monday, July 19


Boeing Commercial Airplanes Update – Radlett Suite (Media Centre)

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh will assess current industry and market conditions and provide an update on Boeing commercial airplane products and services, development programs and product investments.


Boeing Defense, Space and Security Overview - Hatfield Room (Media Centre)

Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg will present an overview of how BDS is repositioning for even greater global competitiveness and future growth, detailing accelerated change and highlighting opportunities in international sales and adjacent markets.


A New Generation of Air Refueling – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

Charles Johnson, vice president, Air Force Mobility, C3/Networks and Support Systems, will discuss the importance of air refueling as a key enabler of airpower, and how Boeing's NewGen combat-ready, multi-role tanker is best suited to meet the Air Force's future refueling requirements at the lowest cost to the warfighter.


NAVAIR/Bell Boeing V-22 Update – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

NAVAIR V-22 Program Manager Col. Greg Masiello will provide an update on the V-22 Osprey program.


Boeing/Bigelow Aerospace – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

Roger Krone, president of Network & Space Systems and Robert T. Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Aerospace, will discuss the Boeing/Bigelow Aerospace collaboration. Bigelow will provide an update on his plans to build an Orbital Space Complex. Boeing will provide an update on the development of critical technologies and capabilities for NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) initiative and plans to support NASA and Bigelow with a commercial crew transportation system.

Tuesday, July 20


Integrated Unmanned Solutions – Boeing Unmanned Systems Display

Darryl Davis, president of Phantom Works, and Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing Military Aircraft , will deliver a briefing on the company's broad range of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle capabilities, followed by a media walk-around of individual systems. This will be the international debut of the A160, Phantom Eye and Phantom Ray.


787 Dreamliner: From Concept to Reality – Radlett Suite (Media Centre)

Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 Dreamliner Program; Capt. Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the 787 Program, Mike Sinnett, vice president and chief engineer for 787 Systems; and Marlin Dailey, vice president, Sales & Marketing; and John Roundhill, Commercial Airplanes Senior Advisory Group member, will provide an update on 787 development and flight test progress.


U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Programs – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

Capt. Mark Darrah, F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager, PMA-265, provides a detailed overview of the Navy's combat-deployed, frontline Super Hornet strike fighter, and its new electronic attack aircraft, the EA-18G Growler, as it readies for first deployment.


The Strike Fighter Evolution – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

Shelley Lavender, vice president and general manager of Global Strike Systems, will discuss "the evolving strike fighter" and the new capabilities and technologies that will shape the advanced strike platforms of tomorrow.


Factory-to-Flight-Line Support – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

A panel featuring Jim O'Neill, vice president and general manager, Integrated Logistics; Mike Kurth, managing director of Boeing Defence UK; and Phil Dunford, vice president/general manager, Rotorcraft Systems, will highlight the UK Chinook Through-Life Customer Support, Apache Support and C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership as model support programs. Customers will also be represented by Rear Adm. Tony Johnstone Burt, head of the Joint Helicopter Command, and Air Cmdr. Baz North, Deputy Chief of Air Staff.


Boeing / U.S. Navy P-8 Programs Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

Bob Feldmann, vice president and general manager, Airborne Battle Management, and Martin Ahmad, principal deputy program manager, Naval Air Systems Command , will discuss P-8 program activities including flight testing, assembly and recent/upcoming milestones.

Wednesday, July 21


Air Battle Management – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

Bob Feldmann, vice president and general manager, Airborne Battle Management, and Jeff T rauberman, vice president, Business Development, Boeing Network and Space Systems, will highlight the integrated approach to Battle Management/C4ISR with AEW&C, AWACS and NC3S/Vigilaire. They will also provide an update on the Wedgetail AEW&C program for Australia.


Environmental Technology Update – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

Billy Glover, Boeing Commercial Airplanes managing director of Environmental Strategy, and Tom Bell, vice president, Boeing Military Aircraft Business Development, will brief the media on recent companywide achievements and progress in reaching environmental goals


International Rotorcraft Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

Phil Dunford, vice president/general manager, Rotorcraft Systems, will cover an update on the Chinook, AH-6i and Apache rotorcraft programs, highlighting growing international demand and opportunities around the world.


VIP/Executive Fleets – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

Stephen Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets, and Tony Parasida, president, Global Services & Support, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, will detail Boeing platforms for Presidential / VIP fleet recapitalization and other special-mission derivative aircraft.


C-17 SAC Boeing Media Chalet Theatre

Tommy Dunehew, vice president of Business Development, C-17 program, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, and Gunnar Borch, general manager of the NATO Airlift Management Agency (NAMA), will provide an update on the NATO-led Strategic Airlift Capability initiative, which this month marks its first year of operations.

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