Boeing 787’s Dreamliner
The long-awaited Dreamliner has finally rolled off the production line and into the skies. The first 787 has made its journey from Everett in Washington to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, where the final preparations will be made for its inaugural flight.
Scheduled for 26th October, this flight will see the Dreamliner make a special trip from Narita International to Hong Kong, and I imagine the tickets for the lucky few will be pretty expensive!
The Dreamliner is an innovation in aeroplane technology because the body is made from carbon fibre, like the Formula 1 cars, rather than aluminium, which has long been the standard. This makes the plane significantly lighter, so it’s much more fuel efficient.
It seems like Boeing has stepped up the fight against fellow plane manufacturers Airbus with this model, but they also have a fight on their hands to get these new planes into service. With only two being finished a month it’s going to take a while for most people to get even a look at it let alone take a flight.
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