Given that we have marked 2014 as The Year of the Dreamliner, it seems only fitting that our first Aircraft of the Month of the year feature this next generation aircraft.
The Dreamliner has been engineered with revolutionary design features that allow it to fly longer distances using less fuel. Our very own CEO and former fighter pilot, Craig Richmond, details many of these features in this month's edition of Craig's Corner. Needless to say, Boeing has designed an aircraft of the future that is innovative and efficient.
The passenger experience has also been significantly improved. Increased stowage space means no more cramming your carry-on in to a cramped overhead compartment, and more functional LED lighting will make your flight experience more customized. Better air flow systems, lower flying altitude and increased turbulence control systems means a calmer and less stressful flight experience.
There has been much made of some of the challenges this aircraft has faced in development, but no great accomplishment is without adversity, and the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is truly an aviation achievement that will change the face of flight for the foreseeable future.
Cockpit crew: 2
Seating: 280 (three-class configuration)
Length: 62.8 metres (206 ft.)
Wingspan: 60.1 metres (197 ft. 3 in.)
Wing area: 325 sq. metres (3,501 sq. feet)
Wing sweepback: 32.2 degrees
Height: 16.9 metres (55 feet 6 inches)
Maximum cabin width: 5.49 metres (18 feet)
Max. takeoff weight: 251,000 kilograms (553,000 lbs.)
Max. landing weight: 193,000 kilograms (425,000 lbs.)
Cruising speed: 913 km/h (593 mph)
Range, fully loaded: 14,800 - 15,700 kilometres (9,210 - 9,780 miles)
Max. fuel capacity: 138,700 litres (36,641 gallons)
Service ceiling: 13,100 metres (43,000 feet)
Engines (x two): General Electric GEnx-1B or Rolls Royce Trent 1000
Did you know? The first-ever landing of a 787 at YVR was actually an All Nippon Airways (the first Dreamliner customer) flight that was re-routed from Seattle to Vancouver due to heavy fog south of the border.
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