11 February, 2012, Singapore – Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner touched down today and will be on static display 14-17 February 2012 at the Singapore Airshow in Changi Exhibition Centre.
The new mid sized aircraft demonstrated its long-range capabilities earlier this week by flying a distance of 12,358 nonstop from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
There are 2 versions of the 787 – the 787-8 and 787-9 with the latter being a stretched version that is able to carry 250 to 290 passengers. The 787-9 will be launched in 2014 by Air New Zealand.
The 787 has garnered some 870 orders from 59 airline customers around the globe with deliveries already started with launch customer ANA. Singapore Airlines has 20 of the higher capacity 787-9 on order.
Features of The Dreamliner
- Composite Primary structure made up of mostly carbon fiber allows it to fly nonstop to many more distant cities without having to go through a hub airport.
- More-Electric Systems Architecture that can produce 1.5 megawatts of power
- Modern Engines from Rollys Royce and GE
- Optimized flight deck with improvements from 777
- Advanced aerodynamics with improvements in flight controls
- Passenger pleasing features which include spacious cabin-high ceilings, advanced LED lighting, large windows, more headroom, electronic window dimming, better seating options in all classes and large overhead bins.
In a media presentation by Mark Jenks, Vice President of 787-9 Development shared that passengers will be able to feel the improvements through:
- Lower cabin altitude
- Increased cabin humidity
- Cleaner air
- Excellent sound quality
- Improved temperature control
- Control of personal air
The Dreamliner test plane ZA003 is in the midst of a six-month “Dream Tour” and is outfitted with the 787’s special cabin features including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.
The 787 – 9
Comparing with the predecessor, the 787-9 will have improved technologies, and can travel 300nmi faster carrying 40 more passengers.
Milestones of the 787 -9
- June 2010 – firm configuration completed
- Q4 2011 – component manufacturing start
- 2013 – First test flight
- 2014 – First delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand
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