Philipine A340

Date:         22 Nov 97 20:41:27 
From:         faurecm@halcyon.com (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc.
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On my way back from doing an interview today with Boeing's Bob Withington
(you get 20 points if you know who he is- a hint is Boeing wouldn't be in
the jet airplane business if it hadn't been for him) I noticed an A340 in
Philipine Airlines colors across the field from the Boeing flightline.
This was unusual as there are no commercial airline operations out of BFI
so we rarely see any large transports other than Boeing's delivery and
flight test planes, the UPS and Airborne package freighters across the
field, the C-5s and C-17s that come in to pick up military airplane
components, and the AN-24's that bring in new engines.  I can only assume
the A340 was on a delivery flight to the Philipines and dropped into BFI
for fuel.  As Toulouse is an international airport as well as home for
Airbus' final assembly at Aerospatiale, I suppose their employees may find
it annoying to step outside the factory for a cigarette break and have to
watch Boeing airplanes come and go from the terminal across the field.  If
the Philipine A340 is, in fact, on a delivery flight, I wonder if it was a
deliberate decision to make a stop at BFI so they could flaunt the plane
in front of Boeing headquarters...?

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane