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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: Wired = less weight than Wireless?
By ttnuagadam on 6/28/2007 11:13:04 PM , Rating: 2
actually what i dont understand is why they're worrying about 150 lbs on something that weighs 75 tons. I mean i know every little bit helps, but why gimp wireless networking?

RE: Wired = less weight than Wireless?
By oab on 6/28/2007 11:40:32 PM , Rating: 3
Because at $5.6-6.20* a gallon for Jet-A fuel, every little bit helps. If you can get the same functionality, at less weight, then by all means you do it. Besides, wired > wireless anyway.

Boeing is going anal on weight for the 787, its the reason they are using composite materials, for the sole purpose of reducing weight.

Less weight = less power needed by the engines
Less power = less fuel
less fuel = lower costs
lower costs = higher profit
profit = good

* for JFK INT in NY

RE: Wired = less weight than Wireless?
By TomZ on 6/28/2007 11:53:47 PM , Rating: 3
Wired is also simpler, less risky, more secure, and more performant than wireless.

RE: Wired = less weight than Wireless?
By Treckin on 6/29/07, Rating: -1
By Ringold on 6/29/2007 4:35:34 AM , Rating: 2
They strip them to the bone every couple years as it is for full refurbs of sorts, so not sure how much upgrading and whatnot plays in to it. Sounds like it's every other factor that trumps it.

RE: Wired = less weight than Wireless?
By tarrbot on 7/4/07, Rating: 0
By P4blo on 7/5/2007 9:21:35 AM , Rating: 2
I seriously doubt they would bother with networking redundancy so overpaid execs are assured of 24/7 share prices :) I didn't design the 787 but I would bet my left foot the network infrastructure for passengers bears little resemblance to that of the flight systems!

One other thing about wireless, it seems to me it would really begin to chug with a full planeload of people all on laptops, PSPs, wap phones and PDAs.... Give me gigabit ethernet ANY day over wireless.

Question: anyone know what sort of internet access speed the 787 setup might offer or how it's delivered to the plane?

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