787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787

EVERETT, Wash., July 08, 2007 — Today, Boeing [NYSE: BA] officially debuted the technologically advanced and environmentally progressive 787 Dreamliner in a celebration attended by employees, airline customers, supplier partners and government and community officials.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s first mostly composite commercial airplane, will use 20 percent less fuel per passenger than similarly sized airplanes, produce fewer carbon emissions, and will have quieter takeoffs and landings.

To date, 47 customers worldwide have ordered 677 airplanes worth more than $110 billion at current list prices, making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane launch in history. The first 787 is scheduled to enter passenger service in May 2008.

Is Boeing ahead of Airbus technologically? Composite commercial aircraft of this size with its enhanced fuel efficiency is definitely a technological breakthrough that will be changing the scene of the industry. Yes! Boeing with the new B787 family of aircraft is ahead. It will take some years for Airbus to catch up. Will the introduction of B787 in May 2008 be construed by future historians as the revealing event which brought about a new era in manufacturing of aircraft? Are we turning a new leaf from the usage of aluminum and rivets?

I was so excited to see the ceremony of the unveiling of the new aircraft last night of the television. It reminds me in the 1954 when the first B707 was introduced with its jet engines and we gradually saw the end of the propeller aircraft.