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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: Captain obvious
By Treckin on 6/29/2007 6:56:40 PM , Rating: 0
Or you serious? You believe that its actually weight they are concerned with?
Thats asinine buddy.
Depending on the flight trip, the plane has anywhere between 400 and 900 lbs of food on it. Luggage varies depending on the flight, some flights carry 2 or 3 tones, some carry 8. Some flights are booked under by 160 seats , some are over booked. Some passengers weigh 350, some weigh 30 pounds. There is no way that the delta created by a lack of 150 lbs will affect fuel economy. Even if they ran them side by side, each with random passengers and luggage, sometimes the 787 with wireless would smoke the other fuel economy wise. The other delta's in regards to weight trivialize anything less than 500 lbs.


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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