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Frontiers July 2014 Issue

Frontiers July 2014 27 Manchester to the U.S., Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It also gives the airline the potential to start routes to new markets on several continents, according to the airline. “A key factor for us is the reduction in operating costs, such as fuel and maintenance costs,” Kreeger said. It also will deliver improved aircraft availability because of better technical dispatch reliability and reduced maintenance, he said. Helping with the maintenance factor is the Dreamliner’s Airplane GRAPHIC: (Above) An artist’s concept of the 787-9 in Virgin Atlantic Airways livery. BOEING PHOTO: (Below) ANA’s first 787-9 takes off from Everett, Wash., on its inaugural flight. TIM STAKE/BOEING Health Management, a standard feature on the airplane that alerts airline personnel about potential maintenance issues in real time. Virgin Atlantic officials also note that the 787’s noise footprint on both takeoff and landing is “significantly better” than airplanes of similar size, making a noticeable difference in communities around airports. Additionally, the Dreamliners will help Virgin Atlantic reach its goal of reducing the airline’s carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2020, Kreeger said. “We want to continue to be an industry-leading airline on sustainability, and the 787 will help us to deliver that,” Kreeger said. United’s Baur said that the efficiency and environmental attributes of the Dreamliner are matched by the features noticed by the average


Frontiers July 2014 Issue
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