New Boeing 787 Dreamliner Officially
Made its Debut
Last month, the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner was officially introduced to the world at a Premiere event in Everett, Washington. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the world's first mostly composite commercial airplane and is both technologically and environmentally advanced.
The 787 Dreamliner will carry between 200 and 300 passengers on long haul routes between 3,500 and 8,500 nautical miles (6,500 to 16,000 kilometers). The 787 Dreamliner will allow airlines to offer passengers more of what they want: affordable, comfortable, nonstop, travel to more destinations around the world.
Part of what makes the new plane so attractive is that it will use 20 percent less fuel per passenger than similarly sized planes, produce fewer carbon emissions and will have quieter takeoffs and landings. Inside the airplane, passengers will find cleaner air, bigger windows, more stowage space and improved lighting. The new innovative lighting enables flight attendants to control both the brightness and the color of the sky-like cabin ceiling. Crew members can simulate the night sky or can provide passengers with the sense of a bright sunny day.
The 787 Dreamliner will feature a new cabin configuration with sweeping arches, wider aisles, larger lavatories and wider seats. Each of these details has been designed with passenger comfort in mind. The windows of the plane are larger than any other commercial aircraft currently flying. At 19-inches tall and 10.3 inches wide, these widows extend beyond the seat height, providing passengers seated around the cabin with a view of the horizon. The electrochromatic windows require no shade and can be darkened at the touch of a button.
The first 787 Dreamliner flight is scheduled for late August or early September. Six planes will be in the flight test program which will conclude in May 2008. The first plane is scheduled to be delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA) in May 2008. To date, 47 customers worldwide have ordered 677 airplanes. Northwest Airlines has ordered 18 airplanes – the only North American airline to do so.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner