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.


#1 LaSh on 07.11.07 at 6:35 pm

I’ll agree that Boeing is ahead of Airbus technologically, the new B787 looks very sleek from the tip to the end of the aircraft. Great designing!

However, even if they it will use 20% less fuel and bla bla. I never really trust those figures, it’s like a car manufacturer saying a car will do 100km on 6L of petrol… when it fact it uses almost twice the amount.. anyway back to the topic! 😛

Between Airbus and Boeing, I’d go for Airbus – with its new monster A380, being able to carry almost twice the number of passengers than the B787, it THINK over one same trip – the Airbus might turn out to be less pollutant PER passenger.. well I may be wrong also.. just a piece of my thought :).

#2 joseph on 07.11.07 at 8:30 pm

In aircraft manufacturing the rules are far more stringent than the specification shown for your car which is usually not tune up to the optimum.They reckon a drop of some 40% in carbon emission per passenger per mile for the new technology of 787. Besides there is on the news today,some legal difficulty to use the same engine developed on the 787 on airbus aircraft by GE….The usual protection rights I believe?

#3 joseph on 07.11.07 at 9:01 pm

Boeing versus Airbus battle is hot.read http://www.cio.com/article/29096/Boeing_Versus_Airbus_Flight_Risk_Outsourcing_Challenges_/5

#4 LaSh on 07.11.07 at 10:00 pm

Yea, the battle between Boeing and Airbus is entertaining… to read!

It’s another way of showing a ‘battle’ between the U.S and Europe actually, just as U.S v/s Europe v/s Russia in space exploration.

It’s just sad that Airbus’s A380 took more than one year of delay over it’s supposed initial deliveries.

#5 Olivier on 07.12.07 at 9:29 pm

Delays are normal in engineering.

Estimations are but mere guesses, albeit more predictable in projects like building bridges which have been done over and over with clearly defined and repeatable tasks.

It might come to a surprise for some, but the reason why estimations are off is due to human factors; our inability to communicate effectively, to share the same vision and to have a good big-picture view while at the same time minding the minute details.

The more people involved in a project, the slower it gets and the harder it is to maintain consistency in design.

#6 joseph on 07.12.07 at 10:47 pm

Not once but many times over and over again Hongkong has delivered in time or even ahead of the scheduled time, in its mega project, of the like of the metro or the mega bridge or even the new airport. Where is the difference? Hard work or ‘la rage de reussir a tout prix’?

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