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Inside flydubai Airport. The airport, just south of Seattle, of the airplane, including the paint, lookingThe airline’s team inspects the exteriorperform any last-minute adjustments.Delivery Center at Boeing Field, alsoknown as the King County International is the site of all 737 deliveries. for any mechanical or aesthetic issues. • Initial order July 2008 for 50 The morning before the walk-through Inside, team members open stow bins and Next-Generation 737-800s of its latest 737-800, the flydubai team closely inspect the carpeting, sidewalls, • First deliveries in May 2009—two meets in a large conference room with galleys and lavatories. They’re looking for 737-800s delivery center staff. Representatives from items that don’t fit or work properly. Lyon is • First commercial flight June 1, 2009, Customer Quality Support, Customer there to take notes on any issues and then to Beirut Engineering and other organizations are resolve them with the delivery center team. present to discuss any issues that have That’s a goal at the delivery center, • Carried 1 million passengers in its come up at the delivery center or during Greenside said. “We know what issues first 13 months of operation test flights. Boeing pilots are available to the customer found on the last airplane and • Currently operates 25 airplanes, answer questions about the flights. By if they are having any in-service issues— all 737-800s the time of this meeting, all the issues and pay special attention to those areas.” have been worked by David and the There aren’t any issues with this air- • Launch customer for Boeing Sky delivery center team. plane, so the next working day, about a Interior Typically, David will accompany the week after they arrived in Seattle, flydubai • Recipient of Boeing’s 7,000th 737 flydubai team when it inspects the executives meet with the Boeing team to • Flies to more than 50 destinations airplane. This time, Leona Lyon, 737 complete formalities. The airplane is then across the Middle East, North Africa, Customer Quality Support, helps out towed to the delivery center for the final Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Common- while David works with another customer preparations before takeoff. wealth of Independent States and also getting a 737. Six people work around a conference Central & Eastern Europe The flydubai plane has been at Boeing table as the teams go over contracts, Field since its first flight from the factory review paperwork, and contact banks and • Operates more than 950 flights in nearby Renton. It was painted and regulatory agencies, including those in a week then moved to a stall where mechanics Dubai, before the airplane changes hands. 30 BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2012


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