Students and alumni came together for a fantastic tour and engagement event at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle, Washington recently when the leading producer of jetliners hosted a group of current students from our full-time MSc students in the Centre for Air Transport Management.
As part of the day, Boeing also invited Cranfield alumni from all over the world, representing airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, British Airways, Air Berlin, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar and Alaska.
The visit was organised by Cranfield alumnus Neil Hathi from the executive MSc in Air Transport Management (2015) and Laura Ross, from the full-time MBA (2011). Both now work at Boeing in the Marketing and Strategy organization respectively. The visit was sponsored by Dr. Fariba Alamdari, Vice President of Marketing and Value Analysis for Boeing Commercial Airplanes who was also previously Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Science and Manufacturing and Head of Department of Air Transport at Cranfield.
Around 30 students and alumni attended altogether, on 28 April 2017. They heard from senior Boeing staff, including a talk on product strategy by Ricky Mack, Director – Product and Market Strategy, who studied a short course at Cranfield in the mid-1990s and has worked for Boeing for 14 years.
This was followed by a fascinating tour of Boeing’s Everett factory, where they manufacture twin-aisle aircraft such as the 777, 787, 747 and 767.
The group then visited the Customer Experience Centre in Renton, where Boeing’s interiors philosophy came to life through various cabin mockups and solution studios.
“It was a great and unforgettable experience to see the Boeing Factory and the Customer Experience Center; and to understand how powerful and extraordinary the Cranfield network is in the [aviation] industry,” said Nadine Meichsner, British Airways (MSc in Air Transport Management, 2016)
The event was rounded off with a reception where more Cranfield alumni who currently work at Boeing joined in to meet the group and watch group presentations by the students, as well as hear an introduction to their chosen thesis topics for the second term of the course.
Alumnus Michail Logothetis from Emirates (MSc in Air Transport Management, 2014) summed up the visit: “It was an incredible experience and I was very excited to meet lots of great people, passionate about aviation.” All involved hope this very successful inaugural event will be repeated on a regular basis going forward.
“This fantastic event shows the international nature of our students and alumni with many of them flying in from all parts of the world. The aviation business is known for its ability to connect people and open up the world to business and this is something our students have been helping achieve for over 50 years now” concluded Andy Foster, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Air Transport Management.
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