Boeing rolled out the first fully-assembled 787 Dreamliner
in late June. Photos
of the plane were captured by Charles Conklin, an avid aviation enthusiast.
The photos showed the Dreamliner in the buff (without its final paint scheme
The Dreamliner had its war paint on for its official
roll-out on Sunday (July 8, 2007, aka 7-8-7) to a crowd of 15,000 people. There
were also another 30,000 onlookers via a two-way satellite feed from locations
in the United States, Italy and Japan. Boeing estimates that as many as 100
million people were able to view the 787 Dreamliner Premiere.
"This has been a wonderful and exciting day to
celebrate this breakthrough airplane with our customers, employees, supplier
partners and our communities," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president
and CEO Scott Carson. "We are gratified that the 787 has been so strongly
validated in the marketplace by our customers. Their response is proof that the
Dreamliner will bring real value to our airline customers, passengers and the
global air transportation system."
"Our journey began some six years ago when we knew we
were on the cusp of delivering valuable technologies that would make an
economic difference to our airline customers. In our business, that happens
every 15 or so years, so we have to get it right," said Mike Bair, Boeing
Commercial Airplanes VP and GM for the Dreamliner program.
The Dreamliner is constructed of 50 percent composites, 20
percent aluminum, 15 percent titanium and 10 percent steel. The uses of
composite materials allowed Boeing to keep the weight down on the Dreamliner
resulting in 20 percent greater fuel economy than the Airbus A330.
The Dreamliner is crucial to Boeing’s hopes of regaining
first place from Airbus in the $60 billion USD jetliner market. Airbus is fully
aware of the initial successes of the Dreamliner program and is countering with
its own A350 XWB.
The A350 XWB, however, isn’t due to enter service until 2013.
Boeing has accumulated 677 orders for its Dreamliner from 47
customers worldwide totaling $110 billion USD. The most recent
customer was Air Berlin which ordered 25 787-8 Dreamliners at a cost of $4
billion USD. Air Berlin also secured 10 options and 15 purchase rights for
quote: The Dreamliner is constructed of 50 percent composites, 20 percent aluminum, 15 percent titanium and 10 percent steel.
quote: What's the other 5% made of?
quote: Airbus will loose in this sector of the market then. Of course the 787 isnt really competing with the A380 (as many suggest) so i'm guessing the new battle ground will be in the short haul sector, as Airbus are starting to make inroads into the 737s market share with the A319/20.
quote: The A350 XWB, however, isn’t due to enter service until 2013.