August 2005 
Volume 04, Issue 4 
Commercial Airplanes

An excellent summer tripAn excellent summer trip

From Paris to Phuket and Muscat to Mumbai, the 777-200LR is leaving a lasting impression upon all who see, visit and learn more about the newest addition to the 777 family.

The 777-200LR Worldliner is the world’s longest-range commercial airplane and can connect virtually any two cities in the world. Currently in the final stages of its 24-city, five-continent world tour, the 777-200LR has hosted visits from numerous airline executives and staff members, government officials, and media representatives.



Cool when it countsFour days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, while many cargo carriers remained grounded by heightened U.S. security, Colombia’s Tampa Cargo was back in business. The carrier resumed air freighting flowers, fresh seafood and other delicate cargo from a region already challenged by the unfortunate legacies of a 40-year civil war and destructive drug cartels.

How this relatively small cargo company got flying while other operators languished on foreign tarmacs says a great deal about Tampa Cargo and the challenges it has overcome. While other carriers struggled with heightened security, Tampa Cargo, with headquarters in a country where security is a major concern, already had model security systems in place.


Take your seat

You might not think that helping airplane passengers locate their assigned seats would be a big challenge for airlines. But carriers have told Boeing that past seat identification designs have created passenger anxiety and confusion, which can result in higher flight attendant workloads.

To help passengers more easily find their seats, the Boeing Payloads Concept Center (PCC) in Everett, Wash., partnered with Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, Wash., Create a new seat identification system concept. The PCC worker to with 11 senior industrial design students who researched and developed proposed new systems.


Meet the experts

Meet the expertsThink of them as employee brown-bag lunch presentations on a global scale. They’re Technical Excellence Hours—one of the newest and most widely available programs of the Ed Wells Initiative/Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)–Boeing Partnership (EWI/SBP). Using the familiar format of a noontime talk and the expansive reach of the Boeing Educational Network, they provide technical information to a sizeable swath of Boeing employees nearly anywhere in the world.



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