Aircraft of the Month: Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is touted as the newest and greatest in aircraft design. This highly anticipated aircraft is lighter and more fuel efficient than its competition, and offers passengers increased comfort over its predecessors.

Boeing states that it is the company’s most fuel-efficient airliner, using 20 per cent less fuel than the similarly sized Boeing 767, and the world’s first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction. The fuselage is assembled in one-piece composite barrel sections made with 23 tonnes of carbon fibre, replacing the old method of multiple aluminum sheets and fasteners. 

Design innovation is not limited to the exterior. Passengers, even those in economy, are offered "lounge-like" comfort with larger windows, six-foot ceilings at its lowest point, USB plug-ins, LED lighting to help set a relaxed tone and mood as well as larger overhead bins.

Variants of the Dreamliner are in the planning and production phases. The “base” or current model in the skies is the 787-8, but come 2014 Boeing will be roll out the 787-9. This version will feature a longer fuselage, adding available seating capacity and flight range. Speculation about a 787-10, with increased seating and cargo capacity, Boeing has not officially announced any definite plans, but it remains under consideration.

Operators: All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air India,  LAN Airlines, United Airlines,  Qatar Airways, LOT Polish Airlines
Manufacturer: Boeing
Country: United States
First Flight: December 15, 2009  (Introduced October 26, 2011 with All Nippon Airways)
Cockpit Crew: Two
Cruise Speed:  913 km/h  (490 knots)
Height: 16.9 m (55 ft 6 in)
Length: 56.7 m (186 ft)
Wing Span: 60 m (206 ft)
Passenger Capacity: 210-290
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 228,000 kg (502,500 lb.)
Maximum Range (loaded): 15,200 km (8,200 nm)
Engine:  General Electric GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000

Did you know? Each Boeing 787 Dreamliner has enough power to supply energy to two million iPods at the same time.

YVR Connection: On November 25, 2012, an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 was diverted to Vancouver International Airport after being unable to land at Seattle due to fog. This unexpected sighting caused quite a stir amongst aviation enthusiasts and airport employees.

 

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