Skip to comments.Boeing set to unveil 787 amid order flurry
Posted on 07/08/2007 12:23:27 PM PDT by phantomworker
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co. (BA.N: Quote, Profile , Research) prepared to unveil the first carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner on Sunday amid a flurry of 55 new orders for the lightweight, fuel efficient plane.
European, Middle Eastern and Australian carriers trumpeted new orders at various Boeing events in Seattle, as the U.S. plane maker got ready to host 15,000 or so employees, customers and suppliers at its nearby Everett, Washington, plant.
All are waiting for the first glimpse of the mid-sized, long-range jetliner, which is the company's first all-new plane in 12 years.
The jet will not look radically new on the outside, but beneath the just-dried paint lies a structure 50 percent made up of carbon composite materials and another 15 percent titanium, making the plane much lighter and fuel efficient than existing jetliners of the same size.
The use of fatigue-resistant and rust-free composite materials means air in the cabin can be more humid, leaving passengers less dried out and jetlagged after a long flight.
The lighter weight and newly designed engines made by General Electric Co. (GE.N: Quote, Profile , Research) and Britain's Rolls-Royce plc (RR.L: Quote, Profile , Research) mean airlines will save about 20 percent on fuel costs.
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How many orders now? Airbus, eat our dust.
The use of fatigue-resistant and rust-free composite materials means air in the cabin can be more humid, leaving passengers less dried out and jetlagged after a long flight.That'll be nice. As it is I practically have to travel with an IV drip bag to stay hydrated. I look forward to the day when you can travel in the comfort and safety of a fluid-filled sack like if you were still in the womb. Of course, our airports would get rather messy what with all those business travelers and tourists bursting into their terminals through what amount to birth canals. Yuck.
Great! We can all look forward to lower ticket prices for the 787, right?
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787 Rollout today (7/8/7) Live On TV around the world here’s the link to the web site.
What you said.
Also on the web
You going to be there?
We can thank Rutan and some of the other kit plane companies.
If it wasn’t for them and their light fast designes we would still be dealing with aluminum and rivit brains.
Probably not, but it will be a much more enjoyable ride.
mean airlines will save about 20 percent on fuel costs(<<-MORE PROFIT).
Seattle Seahawks ‘Roll Out’ Red Carpet for 787 at Qwest Field. The first 25,000 guests will receive a 787 glider as a souvenir.
Dang, if I would’ve known! ;-)
It was not Rutan. Actually the composite technology was developed by Boeing when they built the composite wings and other parts for the B-2 bomber program that my stepdad was in charge of at Boeing’s Seattle plant.
Boeing has webcasts and satellite channels but no cable tv channels?
if the fluids contained some part of the pig, then we can get rid of airport security too..i’m all for that.
Actually, we should thank Lockheed and McDonnell-Douglas more than Burt Rutan for making composite airplanes possible for commercial airliners. Boeing just borrowed a lot of the research done on composite structures used on military aircraft and applied it to the 787. (The F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-18 Hornet were among the first aircraft to use composites in a number of critical components to keep weight down.)
Not the 787 in particular, but in airlines in general that purchase 787s. After all, airfare is competitive.
This is the competition. I wonder why Boeing is getting so many orders?
I’ll be watching both on TV AND the internet.
There’s only one drawback to the whole shebang...Tom Brokaw is supposed to be the one narrating the broadcast. *sigh* Oh well, you can’t have everything.....
Yep. Pressurized to a lowel level, plus more humidity in the cabin air so you won’t feel as drained when you get off.
787 Dreamliner Premiere:
DIRECT TV Channel 576 - NOW..!!!
Pretty cool show. I watched it on local cable TV. Did the online video work?
Yep they finally got the audio to work...
Congrats to Boeing and all their partners around the world.
In fact you can thank NASA and most of of the aerospace industry as well - today's composites, your digital camera, and lots of other goodies have been in the works for decades before you saw a sign of them.
What Boeing has done is to skip the "oh dear, it's going to be really hard to be the first.." stage and decide that Rutan and others have done enough ground work to make scaling up into commercial aircraft feasible.
“Rutan and others have done enough ground work to make scaling up into commercial aircraft feasible.”
Personally, I’d like to have a Lancair P-4, one fine personal traveling machine!
“(The F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-18 Hornet were among the first aircraft to use composites in a number of critical components to keep weight down.)”
No they weren’t, not even close. Remember Aircraft plywood is a composite and has been used as a structural component in many airframes such as the Dehavilland Mosquito.
I should have made myself clear: the F-16 and F-18 were among the first military planes to use a lot of non-ferrous (and I don’t mean wood!) composite materials such as boron composites and carbon-fiber composites for a number of structural components.
I want a job with Boeing so bad, I can taste it. One of the women in my department just got hired there. She is working in Saint Louis. I check the website every week for jobs here...
“Aluminum - not composite - yes/no?”
If you’re refering to the Lancair P-4, it’s an all composite kit plane. 4 place, presurized, 340mph, 1,200k range, and 28,000 service ceiling.
I’m confused...does the 50% carbon component of the plane mean it has a BIGGER, or SMALLER, “carbon footprint?” Does it therefore increase, or decrease..global warming? Will Al Gore fly in it..or will he purchase carbon offsets that he can use to justify flying on a G-V?
My cousin just got a job there. And as I described the company (being an aviation nerd), I ended up admitting that working for Boeing had been a dream job of mine. My cousin is very lucky (very smart too, the job was well earned).
“As it is I practically have to travel with an IV drip bag to stay hydrated.”
Some research has shown that “Brown’s Gas”, which is “expanded water” or mon-atomic hydrogen and mon-atomic oxygen, when bubbled through water, enhances its hydrating ability in the body. And water made from the combustion, or recombining of the H & O can be tailored to varied structures that enhance its benefit when taken orally.
This is in addition to its use as a fuel for internal combustion engines (water as fuel) or its use as an extrordinary cutting/welding/brazing flame.
“Will Al Gore fly in it..or will he purchase carbon offsets that he can use to justify flying on a G-V?”
This problem is easily solved - just put Algore on the No-Fly list.