I was the Boeing Field Service representative stationed in Nairobi, Kenya, and I was privileged to be part of the initial 787 delivery for Kenya Airlines. The Boeing and the Kenya Airways team prepared hard for the initial 787 delivery and the challenging, but exciting, times to follow.
The 787 arrival celebration started as soon as the new airplane, named the "Great Rift Valley," taxied in from the 16-hour flight. All Kenya Airways executives, and even the president of Kenya, were in attendance. In true Kenya Airways fashion, there was traditional dancing upon the arrival.