Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long range mid sized widebody twin engined aircraft. It is the first aircraft to be built completely from composite material and is designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767. The Dreamliner shares a common type rating with the 777 meaning pilots can fly both aircraft on the same rating.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft

 

The aircraft began development as the 7E7 being renamed in January 2005 and was rolled out on 8th July 2007 but the first flight was over two years later on 15th December 2009 this was due to many problems with the production of the prototype.

The production of the aircraft was built by Boeing but was manufactured by many sub contractors spread around the world including the wing which is produced in Japan. There were problems with the quality control and with the aircraft fitting together. Boeing has subsequently brought much of the control of production in house to reduce the problems.

The aircraft first flew on 15th December 2009 and entered service on 26th October 2011 with Japan’s ANA with a flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong. However there have been a number of issues with the aircraft since entry into service. The most severe of these was the grounding of the aircraft in January 2013 due to the aircraft main aircraft Lithium Ion battery catching fire. The grounding was lifted in late April 2013 after the system was re designed and the batteries were enclosed in a fire proof box.

There were further issues with both the GE and RR engines, the GE engines suffering from engine icing problems and the RR engines from excessive wear and the reduced life of components, fixes for these issues are still ongoing.

There are three versions of the 787, the -8 which was the initial version and is the shortest version of the aircraft.

The -9 has the same wingspan but 6.1m (20ft) longer than the -8. The first commercial flight was with Air New Zealand on the Auckland to Sydney route.

The -10 is the largest version of the aircraft and is due to enter service in May 2018.

All three versions of the aircraft are fitted with the General Electric GEnx-1B or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, the engines are rated depending on the aircraft size from 64,000lbf to 76,000lbf.

Total  sales (to May 2018):

787-8 - 441
787-9 - 753
787-10 - 171

Total: 1,365

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787-8

The original version of the aircraft, this aircraft is 56.72m (186ft 1in) long and can carry up to 381 passengers, although the typical passenger load is 359 in two class configuration.

 

787-9

The -9 is 62.81m (206ft 1in) long and has a seating capacity of 420, although the normal seating capacity is 290 in two class configuration. The major difference visually is the larger upper deck.

 

787-10

The -10 is a stretched version of the aircraft being 68.28m (224ft) long and has a maximum seating capacity of 440 but is normally configured with 330 in three class configuration.

 

787F

Although there is no set date Boeing expects to launch a Freighter in the 2018-23 timeframe.

 


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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Cockpit Poster


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