Boeing makes Qatar 787 flight official


Boeing confirmed Friday what everyone has known since May that the 787 will make its first flying display at the Farnborough air show.

Dressed in Qatar Airways livery, the 787-8 will also be on static display July 9-11 and open to visitors, but by invitation only.

In May, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker revealed that the flights will take place. In pushing Boeing to make the presentations, Al Baker overcame a 28-year company policy not to fly at air shows out of concern for public safety. Qatar is not due to take delivery until August because its 787 must return to Everett for an outfitting of its Wi-Fi interconnectivity systems.

Also on display will be the Sky Interior that will become standard on the 737 MAX and is now offered as an option on the NG series. The display will be in a Korean Air 737-900ER from July 9-12.

On behalf of Boeing Defense, Space & Systems, US military aircraft presentations will include flights by a F/A-18E/F fighter, V-22 tiltrotor and C-17 transport. Static displays will include an F-15E and Ah-64D attack helicopter.

Boeing and the Royal Aeronautical Society are presenting airplanes built by students at the Yateley School in Hampshire and the Marling School in Gloucestershire. They are the first to complete airplanes in the UK’s “Schools Build a Plane Challenge,” which allows students to build a light aircraft from a kit.

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