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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes Paris appearance


June 24, 2011

Boeing 787 Dreamliner on display in Paris (Photo: Gizmag)

Boeing 787 Dreamliner on display in Paris (Photo: Gizmag)

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One of the most anticipated commercial airplanes in recent years made an appearance at the 49th Paris Airshow this week. The first flight-test 787 Dreamliner (ZA001) spent two days on static display on the tarmac at Le Bourget and will take a short tour through Europe before returning to the U.S.

The 787 test fleet has clocked up over 4,000 hours and Boeing says that 97% of flight testing required for certification by the US Federal Aviation Administration is complete.

"We are making great progress toward finishing certification of the 787 with Rolls-Royce Package A engines," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "It's an honor to bring the 787 to the Paris Air Show on behalf of all of the hard working men and women around the world who have designed and built this amazing airplane."

The first customer, All Nippon Airways (ANA), is expected to take delivery of the Dreamliner in August or September (two years behind schedule) and ANA has this week unveiled the livery and cabin design for the first two aircraft to enter its fleet.

The 787 Dreamliner is a mid-size aircraft that can carry 210-250 passengers on long-range routes of between 7,650 and 8,200 miles (14,200 and 15,200 km) at speeds of up to Mach 0.85.

In total Boeing says it has more than 800 orders from more than 50 airlines for the composite-wing-and-fuselage airplane.

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Noel McKeegan After a misspent youth at law school, Noel began to dabble in tech research, writing and things with wheels that go fast. This bus dropped him at the door of a freshly sprouted in 2002. He has been Gizmag's Editor-in-Chief since 2007. All articles by Noel McKeegan

FWIW - I live near Miami International Airport. A couple a weeks ago I noticed a huge aircraft parked at the north east corner of the airport. I\'ts prominently labeled \"Dream ) Lifter\" . I googled it: So far as I know Boeing does not do any assembly at MIA, so I don\'t know why one of the 4 \"Dream ) Lifter\" planes built exclusively for transporting airplane parts to Boeing is parked at MIA. Something to note is that a Airbus Training Facility across NW 36 Street from the NE corner of MIA has a great view of this outrageous Boeing aircraft. Per a nearby restaurant owner most of the Airbus students are from South America, primarily Brazil.

Dave B13

\"... routes of between 7,650 and 8,200 miles\" So, does this mean that they will not be used within the continental U.S. at all?

Ed Bishop
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