Boeing 787 Dreamliner still a Game Changer
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
New technologies can have teething problems. The difference with an aircraft at 30,000 feet, is that there are few second chances.
I had the pleasure of flying on one in the summer to Lebanon and it was amazing. The cabin is very roomy and the lighting is out of this world. Seats were very comfortable and the usual engine noise was very quiet.
The faults that occurred with the new Boeing were such that grounding the fleet was the correct response. These teething issues have now been resolved.
When the Dreamliner was announced back in 2003. Just about everyone thought that Boeing management had lost direction.
The future was in massive aircraft, like the Airbus 380. Any smaller jet was doomed to fail.
With the economic downturn and huge fuels price increases of the last few years, this new streamlined and energy efficient aircraft meets the current and future needs of the general travelling public.
Taking off in a 787
787 takes to the Sky
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was built for comfort, fuel efficiency and low emissions.. The long range, wide bodied, mid size aircraft, flies high and fast.
The public it seems are taking less long haul holidays. Business users are cutting back on flights in favour of video conferencing.
The 787 is just the plane to step into this new niche' of efficient, timely and cost effective flights.
From the outset. Boeing airplanes as a company had a huge mountain to climb. It is now common knowledge, that the firm had massive internal management issues, and cost overruns to deal with. They will get there in the end, The 787 Dreamliner is now back in service.
Changing Patterns of Travel
Boeing Airplanes first customer for the new aircraft was All Nippon Airlines (ANA). What does this all mean to us, the traveling public?
When we rock up to the airport to catch our flight's for our annual two week holidays.We generally don't care what we are flying in, as long as it works, is fairly comfortable and has a nice crew, with plenty of drinks and food coming thick and fast.
In effect, anything to take your mind of the boredom of flying and the hell of check-in.
Many years ago, at the dawn of flight. It was an adventure and exciting to fly. Now it's just a pain, admittedly still a fast way to travel, but still a pain.
In fact, in many parts of Europe it is quicker to catch a high speed train than it is to fly. London to Paris on the Eurostar 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete a journey of 307 miles.
It would take the same amount of time to go through security at Heathrow airport.
Boeing read the Future Right
The decades of planning, and with 10's of $millions spent in finance. Boeing took a big gamble. Getting any aircraft on the runway usually means nothing to you or me, and that is how it should be.
Aircraft manufacturers on the other hand, have to anticipate for alternative future trends and needs and build accordingly. They already build the world's most successful airplane. The 747. Boeing by going for this mid sized jet, seems to have read the future right.
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Game Changer Airplane
The decision to build the 787 Dreamliner must have been incredibly difficult. Boeing had already given us arguably the most successful passenger aircraft of all time. The Boeing 747 Jumbo.
To suddenly decide to go for a midsize, wide-body airplane, must have seemed crazy. We can see now that it was the right decision.
The massive Airbus 380 has had all kinds of problems in terms of where it can land. Many airports just cannot accommodate the huge aircraft. Those that can, have had to spend huge sums of money; upgrading and reinforcing their runways, in order for the A380 aircraft to land.
Timing is Everything
The Dreamliner has hit the market, during the worst economic climate in living memory. Not the time one would assume to be the best time to launch a new aircraft. In spite of the current economic climate.
Boeing has managed to achieve an order book of 1,000, of the new jet's already ordered.( at time of publication) These first 1,000 aircraft sales incidentally, are the break-even point, that Boeing had to sell to recoup it's investment.
The research and development costs of the 787, have been in the region of $32 billion. Boeing is now in the enviable position, of secure work for it's workforce, for a long time into the future. In these tough times that is good news indeed.
First Class Cabin
New Window Design
Designed with you in Mind
For many years customer comfort, in terms of seating has given way, to cramming as many in as possible. Some aircraft seats, feel like they were designed as a form of torture device, rather than a seat, that a human being may sit in for hours.
We seem to passively accept that aircraft seats, will be uncomfortable? In recent years, the traveling public, has had to pay an extra flight tax to fly. More importantly we have been more interested in improving the airport experience.
We all recognise the need for high security, but things have become almost intolerable with endless queuing, measly baggage allowances and all the hassle's associated with modern day flying.
It has become very irritating to say the least. Boeing designers are well aware of this, and have factored this into the interior design of the 787.
Space the Final Frontier
It's seating and entrance lobby to the aircraft, have been designed to give a feeling of space. Changes in our flying habits will benefit the 787. We are taking fewer and shorter flights.
Many people are fed up with the whole airport experience and the Dreamliner designers, have taken this into consideration too. When you enter the airplane you walk into a wide open expansive entrance lobby.
It looks like the reception of a modern hotel. Also the eye-line when you are seated, is designed to make you feel, that there is more room and space. Not the claustrophobic feel of earlier aircraft.
New Windows and a whole lot more
The windows have also had a makeover and are considerably bigger than other comparable aircraft. The windows have smart glass, that can be dimmed for sleep, no more sliding window blind panels.
Boeing have pulled it off again, much as the 747 Jumbo was the plane of the last 40 years.The 787 Dreamliner is the airplane for today, and for the next 40 years.
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