After delays (somanydelays), the Boeing 787 Dreamliner finally made its first commercial flight, jetting from Tokyo to Hong Kong. According to the AP, the plane was mostly full of reporters and enthusiasts, some of whom paid thousands of dollars to be included on the maiden flight. If you're curious about what makes the Dreamliner so different, check out our coverage: it's got Android, a crazy efficient power source, and eco-friendly credentials, as well as creature comforts like bigger windows, more spacious seats, and enlarged overhead compartments.
It's been a long road, one paved with delays (and sometimes sparks), but this week, Boeing's enormous, lightweight, next-generation 787 Dreamliner airplane was officially approved by the FAA and will begin shipping late next month.
It's been eight months since Boeing's 787 Dreamliner first took to the skies. Back then, Japan's ANA was expecting to have their first 787 roll into the hanger by the close of 2010. Now, thanks to a delay in production of the plane's Rolls-Royce engines, first deliveries are now slated for first quarter 2011 at the earliest.
Boeing announced early this morning that its next generation airliner, the 787 Dreamliner, will take to the skies next Tuesday, December 15 at the company's Everett, WA proving grounds--if the Pacific Northwest's finicky weather cooperates.
Boeing announced today that they would not hit their latest scheduling target of a first Dreamliner flight before the end of this month, needing to go back to the drawing board for structural reinforcement of a side-of-body panel. This is the latest in a series delays, and it will almost certainly push back the current first-delivery target of Q1 2010.
The GEnx engine, the powerplant of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, burns 15 percent less fuel than conventional jet engines by using fewer components and lighter composite parts. Flying in 2009, the engine will also be quieter and more durable
By Eric Adams Posted 03.13.2008 at 4:34 pm 4 Comments
In a "high-bypass" turbofan engine like the GEnx, 90 percent of the thrust comes from spinning fan blades in front that draw in massive quantities of air and force it out in a ring around the engine's center, or core. The GEnx's primary innovation is in its fan blades, which have been reshaped to move air more efficiently with fewer blades and are made of carbon fiber to save weight.
The A380 is the most massive jetliner ever built, and getting it done was an equally huge undertaking. Here, an exclusive look at the unveiling of Airbus's giant gamble
By Bill SweetmanPosted 03.31.2005 at 2:00 pm 0 Comments
There were acrobats from the Cirque du Soleil, a mechanical objet d'art that looked like a mad inventor's spaceship, and a voluble computer-generated wizard that bore a disturbing resemblance to a bathrobe-clad George Carlin-the ceremony in Toulouse, France, that marked the completion of Airbus's first A380 was nothing if not pomp-filled. But when four kids finally tugged on a huge tasseled cord and the curtain fell to reveal the largest jetliner ever built, the spectacle was just beginning.