Added by Nigel Shelbourne on September 26, 2011
Boeing delivered its first and latest jet, the 787 Dreamliner, on Sunday – three years behind its original schedule.
The 787 Dreamliner, which lists for US$200m, features unprecedented fuel savings, passenger comfort, while taking a unique approach to building the jet. Components like the wings are made in Japan, part of the plane’s fuselage is made in Italy, and the tail fin is made in the US.
The 787 is built using composite materials to reduce its weight and contribute to its 20% savings in fuel. Composite materials include 32,000kg of carbon fiber reinforced plastic used the wings, tail, doors, fuselage, and interior.
The jet is designed to seat 210 to 290 passengers and features the largest windows of any passenger airplane in use or currently in development, and includes capabilities to assist persons with mobility, sensory, and cognitive disabilities.
Boeing plans to build ten 787 Dreamliner aircraft per month by the end of 2013 in two assembly plants in the United States.
Despite the initial delivery delay, Boeing’s airline clients are enthusiastic about the delivery of future orders.
Japan’s All Nippon Airways, took delivery of the first 787 on Sunday, with its senior vice president Satoru Fujiki saying that he believes Boeing will meet its delivery goals.