787 Commercial Transport

787 Dreamliner in flightThe super-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner was developed by an international team of top aerospace companies led by Boeing at its Everett facility near Seattle, Wash.

The 787-8 Dreamliner can carry 210 to 250 passengers on routes of 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles, while the 787-9 Dreamliner carries 250 to 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles.

In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to mid-size airplanes, the 787 will provide airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency, using 20 percent less fuel for comparable missions than other similarly sized airplanes. It can travel at speeds similar to today's fastest wide bodies (Mach 0.85) and provides airlines with more cargo revenue capacity.

Passengers enjoy an interior environment with higher humidity and a feeling of space and comfort, with larger windows and an open architecture with streamlined arches.

As much as 50 percent of the primary structure on the 787, including the fuselage and wing, is made of composite materials. General Electric and Rolls-Royce provide engines for the new airplane.

The 787 program opened its final assembly plant in Everett in May 2007. On July 30, 2008, Boeing acquired the business and operations conducted by Vought Aircraft Industries in North Charleston, S.C. On Oct. 28, 2009, Boeing announced the facility will be the location for a second final assembly site for the 787 Dreamliner, breaking ground less than a month later.

On Dec. 15, 2009, the 787 Dreamliner made its first flight from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., under the control of Capt. Mike Carriker and Capt. Randy Neville. Takeoff occurred at 10:27 a.m. Pacific time. It concluded its flight with touchdown at 1:33 p.m. Pacific time at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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First flight: Dec. 15, 2009
Model number: 787-8
Classification: Commercial transport
Span: 199 feet 11 inches
Length: 186 feet
Height: 56 feet
Total cargo volume: 4,400 cubic feet
Gross weight: 484,000 pounds
Cruising speed: Mach 0.85
Accommodation: 210 to 250 passengers