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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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Captain obvious
By Treckin on 6/29/2007 12:33:00 AM , Rating: 0
I dont mean to be rude....
Do all of you people asking how they can save money with wired vs wireless really think that thats the case?

I would offer the explanation free of charge...
You will not have to upgrade the cat5 ports for the entire lifetime of the airplane, whilst the wireless will be obsolete in 3-4 years tops...
From a business perspective its a smart move.

RE: Captain obvious
By TomZ on 6/29/2007 8:51:47 AM , Rating: 2
The reason they stated for choosing wired over wireless was weight, not cost. Makes things a bit more interesting.

RE: Captain obvious
By Treckin on 6/29/07, Rating: 0
RE: Captain obvious
By TomZ on 6/29/2007 7:16:30 PM , Rating: 2
Asinine or not, that's what Boeing said:
Boeing had initially planned to equip its Dreamliner with wireless networking, but instead decided on a wired networking to save 150 pounds per plane.

Also, if you google for other news sources, this statement is backed by lots of other stories stating the same.

I agree 150lbs. doesn't sound like a lot, and the decision may not have been entirely about the weight - there may have been other considerations as well.

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