Sunday, July 18, 2010
Boeing's New 787 On Display
The long-delayed and greatly anticipated Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" made its international debut, landing at the Farnborough Airport for the annual global airshow in England.
In the first international trip made by a 787 Dreamliner, a new long-range mid-size plane, the airplane arrived after a nonstop flight from Seattle. Boeing officials said the crew performed tests along the way.
When flying commercially, the aircraft -- an innovation in the use of composite materials for fuel efficiency and to enable more spacious cabin design -- will carry 210 to 330 passengers depending on configuration.
The 787 introduction has been marked by delays. The plane originally was due to enter service in the spring of 2008, but it now appears as if the first flights by commercial airlines won't occur till late next year or early 2012.