The Boeing Dreamliner
Boeing Dreamliner image CC by Dave Sizer/Flickr.

The Boeing Dreamliner, the 787, is beginning to get more airtime. A Dreamliner just made its European debut, by flying in the Farnborough Air Show. The plane has been stuck in what a movie studio would call “development hell” for a while, suffering a number of setbacks. However, it is starting to show signs of life. Several of the planes are back ordered already, so it looks like the Seattle firm is going to have cash by the ton thanks to this plane.

Dreamliner flies across the pond

The Boeing Dreamliner made its first appearance at an international air show on Sunday, July 18, at the Farnborough Air Show, in Hampshire, England. The air show is held every two years, and it is the premiere air trade show in Britain. The appearance of the Dreamliner, or the 787, is likely to be one of the crown jewels of this year’s event. The plane was hindered by some design troubles and a machinist strike. Nonetheless, Boeing is expecting to add to the large number of pre-ordered planes asĀ  result of air show, according to The Telegraph.

Green, lean, and mean

Part of the plane’s design is greater fuel efficiency and eco-friendly construction. Half the plane is made of metal. Most planes are made of sheets of aluminum riveted together, but the Dreamliner includes a couple of pieces of carbon fiber composite material. The engines are intended to cut carbon emissions by 20 percent, and the lighter frame means greater fuel efficiency. The interior is intended to be far more comfortable for passengers. The 787 is geared to replace older planes of comparable size and capacity, especially the Boeing 767.

Finally achieving takeoff

The Boeing Dreamliner came about as aircraft manufacturers sought to design planes with greater fuel efficiency in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The first flight for the plane was intended to be in 2007, but was postponed until 2009. Already 860 of the planes are on order.

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