Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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Aircraft manufacturer Boeing yesterday launched its new commercial jet, the 787 Dreamliner.

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Here are interior and exterior photos of the plane, which is the "world's first mostly composite" passenger jet and which promises to be quieter and more fuel efficient than other jets. All images and caption texts are courtesy of Boeing.

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Above: "The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will have wider seats and aisles, a spacious architecture, innovative LED lighting, big bins, more space and the largest windows available."

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Above: "At 19-inches tall and 10.3-inches wide, the windows on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are dramatically larger than those on any other commercial aircraft flying today. Extending above seatback height, the windows offer a view of the horizon to passengers seated anywhere in the cabin. The electrochromatic windows require no shades and can be darkened at the touch of a button."

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Above: "The interior designers for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner understand fully that first impressions can be everlasting. Therefore, they've designed a larger, more open entryway with sweeping arches that immediately direct the eye upward."

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Above: "Illuminated by arrays of light emitting diodes, both the brightness and the color of the sky-like cabin ceiling can be controlled in flight by the crew. Flight attendants can give passengers a sense of daylight when desired, and when they want to help passengers rest, simulate a beautiful nighttime sky."

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Above: "A thoughtful cabin configuration and well-defined architectural boundaries, such as galleys, lavatories, and other design features, provide passengers with comfortable, defined areas in more room-like proportions. These strategic cabin breaks will make passengers feel more comfortable on long-duration flights."

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Below is a press release from Boeing about the 787 Dreamliner's launch:

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EVERETT, Wash., July 08, 2007 -- Today, Boeing [NYSE: BA] officially debuted the technologically advanced and environmentally progressive 787 Dreamliner in a celebration attended by employees, airline customers, supplier partners and government and community officials.

The 787 Dreamliner Premiere was broadcast live in nine different languages via satellite to more than 45 countries and webcast via www.boeing.com and www.newairplane.com. Distinguished journalist and best-selling author Tom Brokaw served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

Approximately 15,000 people attended the Premiere at the Everett, Wash., final assembly factory. More than 30,000 participated via two-way satellite into the event in Everett from Japan, Italy and locations in the United States. As many as 90 other locations around the globe involving 787 customers, partners and many Boeing employees also chose to download the event live or watch it pre-recorded and host their own viewing event.

In all, the 787 Premiere potentially reached 100 million or more viewers, making it one of the largest corporate TV and Internet broadcasts in history.

"This has been a wonderful and exciting day to celebrate this breakthrough airplane with our customers, employees, supplier partners and our communities," said Scott Carson, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. "We are gratified that the 787 has been so strongly validated in the marketplace by our customers. Their response is proof that the Dreamliner will bring real value to our airline customers, passengers and the global air transportation system."

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world's first mostly composite commercial airplane, will use 20 percent less fuel per passenger than similarly sized airplanes, produce fewer carbon emissions, and will have quieter takeoffs and landings.

"Our journey began some six years ago when we knew we were on the cusp of delivering valuable technologies that would make an economic difference to our airline customers. In our business, that happens every 15 or so years, so we have to get it right," said Mike Bair, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president/general manager of the 787 program. "I am so proud of the men and women of Boeing and of our partner employees in the 70 companies that have brought this airplane to the passengers of the world."

Following the premiere, the first 787 Dreamliner will be completed in the Everett factory - including the installation of final systems elements, interiors and flight test equipment. First flight of the airplane is expected in late August or September. A total of six airplanes will be included in the flight test program, which will conclude in May 2008 with the certification of the airplane followed shortly by the first delivery of a 787 to ANA.

To date, 47 customers worldwide have ordered 677 airplanes worth more than $110 billion at current list prices, making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane launch in history. The first 787 is scheduled to enter passenger service in May 2008.

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  • Raymond Rose

    I hope it is finally a plane that is comfortable.

    Why do the seats have to be flotation devices? The seats go down with the plane and while ‘Water Landings are survivable the odds of you surviving a Water Crash are 1.89%.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_landing

    In addition, so few flights make water landings or crashes, that the system is a waste. Why not engineer a system that guarantees your safety whether the plane is going to crash into the water or on the ground?

    http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/16/a-water-landing-youve-got-to-be-kidding/

    A better a method for the flight crew would be to have a system that aloud the flight crew to safely eject the passengers.

    In WWII they filled hundreds of planes with soldiers while being shot at by German anti-aircraft cannons and they all jumped out, mostly landing safely whether the plane crashed or not. But if there is a problem with a civilian plane and it crashes, only 1.89 % of the passengers survive! Why? If the plane is going to crash, it is insane not to provide the passengers with a way to safely disembark from the plane before it hits the ground and explodes.

    Why not engineer a system that, when the plane is going to have an emergency landing, you are automatically strapped securely into your seat, and ejected to safety? The systems at Disney World are designed to automatically hold you in place while g-forces less than those of an ejection twirl-you, whirl-you, and leave you smiling.

    Is it because military personnel more important than civilians? Is that why military personnel are given parachutes and civilians are given pieces of rubber?

  • terrence

    this aircraft looks beautiful on the inside

  • bonny

    sexy!! "The future is here"

  • gaz

    economy seating……..looks like something out of a 1930s DC3,