December 15, 2009
Posted: 1644 GMT

Hello everyone,

It's our second day broadcasting live from the London studio and it's been very exciting so far.

The studio is smaller, so I can't take those long strides when I walk around from camera to camera, but overall, the amazing technical crew here has managed to replicate the I-Desk feel on camera with about a third of the space we have an Atlanta.

Onto what we have planned for the show today.

We will kick things off with the maiden flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Several times delayed, at one point an embarrassment for the American planemaker, today is a crucial PR move for the Seattle-based company.

It needs to show the world that its jumbo aircraft will be a big seller and a big revenue maker. We will cover the maiden flight live.

Also today, the announced British Airways Christmas period strike. If you are currently holding a BA ticket or plan to fly through London after December 22nd, then you'll want to tune in.

Plus, the latest on violence in Pakistan with more deadly bombings today. We also have an interview with the head of U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus. CNN correspondent Arwa Damon asked Petraeus about the challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan in America's new regional strategy and we'll feature a portion of her interview.

We are also live in Copenhagen where delegates are trying to come to an agreement that will allow world leaders to unveil a UN pact to fight climate change.

And, on a lighter note, we have the list of nominees for next year's Golden Globes. George Clooney's "Up In The Air" is one of the most nominated movies. We are live in Los Angeles with a report.

Plus all the rest of the day's developing news stories, as always.

See you at the London IDesk!


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Sayan Majumdar   December 15th, 2009 8:18 pm ET

Boeing 787 Dreamliner was emerging as a prestige issue for Boeing in the field of commercial aviation and thankfully arrived earlier and promises to be more economical than its “nearest” Airbus competitor.


David Pollard   December 17th, 2009 1:07 pm ET

I have followed your coverage of the BA strike.
I have seen you interview the CEO of BA and passengers in tears.
I still however do not know why the employees of BA have gone on strike. Do they have a case? Are their two (2) sides to this controversy? If so you wouldn't know it from your programme. I wonder if you are paid by BA to do publicity on their behalf.
Why don't you interview at least ONE person from the union so we know what is really going on.
Similarly with the baggage strike in Heathrow.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 17th, 2009 6:21 pm ET

Despite Arizona Senator John McCain directly torpedoing Boeing with huge fines and favoritism to his friends in the European Air Industry, Boeing's 787 looks to be back on schedule. Its truly a wonder it was only one year behind schedule considering what the Bush-Cheney wrecking crew did to the world economy.

I haven't checked out their 777, although the Boeing 757 is my favorite at this time, flying higher and farther than many passenger jets it is widely used and seldom has any downtime.

The heavy use of light weight composite materials in the 787 permit the heavy flex seen in the wings on take-off and during normal flight. It looks pretty scary to see passenger jet wings rolled up like a bird in flight!

ashok hingorani   December 17th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

stupid – everyone at copenhagen waiting for others to act – time for each to show off what THEY are willing to do and challenge others to do more about emissions .....

any country NOT acting is just hurting t's own people



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