By Max Clarke
Boeing’s long awaited ‘Dreamliner’ passenger aircraft is finally completed and ready to deliver to its first customer- All Nippon Air, the aerospace giant has announced.
After a lengthy development including some 3 years of delays, the new plane will be formally unveiled tomorrow in Everett, Washington in a series of ceremonies in the company’s hometown.
"Now that the airplane is ready to deliver, the entire team is ready to celebrate," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "We look forward to honoring our launch customer ANA before they fly their first Dreamliner home to Japan."
The highly-efficient plane from Boeing (NYSE: BA) is made from various composites to ensure long-range and lower fuel prices will entice buyers. Rival firm, the European Airbus SAS, has attempted a similar strategy in their A350 XWB in a bid to lull cost-conscious airlines in a time of rising fuel costs and taxes.
Composite materials, more-electric systems, advanced aerodynamics and modern engines combine to make the 787 more fuel efficient and provide lower operating costs. Passengers will appreciate the cleaner cabin air, higher humidity and lower cabin altitude that combine to help them feel more refreshed after flying on the 787. Other innovations include larger windows with electrochromic shades, bigger onboard luggage bins and LED lighting.
Join us on