Surowiecki’s article does a nice job of synthesizing many of the practical (and emotional) complexities Boeing currently faces. A good introduction article if you have no idea what the heck is going on.
Progess is being made! I’m calling this Itinerary v0.2. It appears that the only country that will need a visa is Russia. Thus, I’m going to going to start my travels there since it will have to be the most planned part of this trip. I talked with Jeff last night, as he had traveled to Russia several years ago, and got some good information on places to go. I’m hoping to have trip start and end dates locked down and reserved by the end of March, along with all the Russian parts locked down and reserved.Â
I also talked with Quinn and Charlie, both of whom have indicated they would at least be interested in doing some traveling with me as well. I have calls in to Katelyn and Erin, both of whom have been and are currently in Turkey, respecitvely.
Below is a list of places that I think I would like to visit, in roughtly the order that I would visit them. I’ve also added notes (mostly to myself) about things I’d like to do there. I think this seems like a more managable list than previously. I’m also trying to setup a framework of things to do, however still allow the trip to progress organically.
- Day 1:Â
Dulles, Washington, DC
- Airplane/10 hrs/UA964
- Day 2: Moscow, Russia ((http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/east/moscow.htm)) ((http://www.lonelyplanet.com/russia/moscow/sights))
- Red Square
- The Kremlin
- Airplane/1.25 hrs/$60 USD/Rossiya – Russian Airlines ((http://www.anywayanyday.ru/en/))
- Day 6: St. Petersburg, Russia ((http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/east/petersbu.htm)) ((http://www.lonelyplanet.com/russia/st-petersburg/sights))
- The Hermitage
- St Petersburg Zoo
- Bus/6 hrs/â‚¬30 ($40 USD)/EuroLines
- Day 10: Tallin, Estonia ((http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/scan/tallinn.htm))
- Museum of Occupation
- Town Hall Square
- Paris, France (Paris Air Show – 15 to 21 June 2009)
- Toulouse, France ((787 Production Stop: Groupe LatÃ©coÃ¨re))
- La Barre, France ((Birthplace ofÂ Jean-Luc Picard))
- VÃ©lizy, France ((787 Production Stop: Messier-Dowty))
- Bidos, FranceÂ ((787 Production Stop: Messier-Dowty))
- Rome, Italy
- Venice, Italy
- Grottaglie, Italy ((787 Production Stop: http://www.seattlepi.com/business/275606_italy28.html))
- Agnone, Italy ((We visited Agnone a couple of years, it’s where my maternal great-grandfather was born, and Â I’ve wanted to return here to just spend a few days hanging out))
- Arbon, Switzerland
- Interlaken, Switzerland ((I’ve heard this is a must))
- Czech Republic
- I’ve heard you can visit Chernobyl…could be cool.
- Germany -> Seattle (UA8718)
- Sweden ((787 Production Stop: Saab))
- Denmark->Seattle (UA9394)
The 787 will make its official public debut in a couple days on July 8th, 2007 (that would be 7/08/07). It’s going to be pretty spectacular.
If you haven’t had a chance yet, you should take a look at NewAirplane.com and then click on the “Launch 787 Dreamliner Site” button. A video has been released every day since last weekend showcasing a different aspect of the new 787.
There is some really cool stuff going on.
Everybody knows that the 787 is the new composite-fiber airplane.
But there is so much more.
Some of my favorite features include electronically tintable windows, sawtooth pattern of the engine chevron makes for a quieter flight, the main cabin is pressurized to 6000 feet (compared to 8000 feet of current airplanes), LED lighting that can emulate earth cycles, huge windows sizes, and so much more.
I’m having a 787 launch party at my house if anyone is interested. Show up around 3pm on Sunday. The fun starts at 3:30pm local time!
“Save: Buy Boeing / Buy: Save Airbus“: © Chappatte/International Herald Tribune, Jun 22, 2007