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(Source: Charles Conklin)

(Source: Charles Conklin)
An eager photographer catches the 787 Dreamliner in the buff

It has been a long time coming, but the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner has rolled off the assembly line. Charles Conklin -- an avid aviation enthusiast -- managed to snap some pictures of a fully assembled Dreamliner sans paint.

According to Flightblogger, the official roll-out ceremony for the Dreamliner is on July 8 with the first delivered scheduled to take place in May of next year. The production run of aircraft is completely booked until 2013 at the earliest.

The Dreamliner is the next generation of airliners for Boeing and makes use of composite materials in 50 percent of its body and wings. The use of composite materials has helped Boeing keep the weight down which allows the Dreamliner to be 20 percent more fuel efficient than its closest rivals. Top speed for the aircraft is Mach 0.85.

Business travelers will appreciate the integrated networking capabilities on the Dreamliner. Boeing had initially planned to equip its Dreamliner with wireless networking, but instead decided on a wired networking to save 150 pounds per plane.

As of April, 44 customers have ordered 544 Dreamliners at a cost of $75 billion USD.



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RE: Obesity
By mcturkey on 6/28/2007 6:39:23 PM , Rating: -1
I'm not sure if you were being sarcastic or not, but charging different prices due to weight would probably result in an anti-discrimination lawsuit. It's not quite the same as charging more for larger clothes (where the extra cost is a direct result of the additional fabric/stitching required).


RE: Obesity
By Goty on 6/28/2007 6:52:24 PM , Rating: 4
Sure it is. The heavier your payload (including people), the more fuel you'll have to use to get to the same destination.


RE: Obesity
By blaster5k on 6/29/2007 9:36:39 AM , Rating: 3
If I remember correctly, at least one airline talked about making excessively large passengers purchase two seats. In a lot of ways, it makes sense. Nobody wants to get wedged in next to them and their weight does increase fuel consumption. I'm all for financial incentives to make people get in shape.


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