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February 4, 2010

First glimpse of Boeing 787 Dreamliner interior

First glimpse of Boeing 787 Dreamliner interior

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The 787 Dreamliner successfully completed its maiden test flight in December and now the interior design of Boeing's next-gen aircraft has been revealed. The officially released photo shows the partially decked-out interior featured on the third of six flight test airplanes. While certainly sleek, at first glance there's nothing overly radical about the layout (no lying down in economy class just yet), though Boeing says it will give passengers greater comfort with its "dynamic lighting, larger lavatories, more spacious luggage bins and electronic window shades whose transparency they can change during flight."

Interior revealed

“This airplane is specifically configured to test the passenger experience elements of the airplane,” said Tom Galantowicz, director of 787 Interiors, Commercial Airplanes. “Our engineers and flight-test team use a disciplined process to certify the various elements of the interior and conduct airplane-level verifications.” Instrumentation racks, flight-test equipment and workstations for engineers are included in the partial interior. Lighting, lavatories, stowage bins, dimmable windows and galleys will be tested as part of the certification process.

First test flight

Boeing 787 Dreamliner first flight (Photo: Boeing)

The interior test aircraft is scheduled for flight later this month, but flight testing of the 787 is already underway with a three hour flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, taking place late last year.

787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker and Capt. Randy Neville took the aircraft to an altitude of 13,200 feet (4,023 meters) and an air speed of 180 knots, or about 207 miles (333 kilometers) per hour.

One of six test airplanes, the first 787 is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. Two of the remaining five will be powered by General Electric GEnx engines.

According to Boeing, the 787 will use 20 percent less fuel than today's airplanes of comparable size and provide airlines with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity.

Flight testing will continue throughout the year with delivery to the first customer - ANA (All Nippon Airways) - slated for the fourth quarter of this year.

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9 Comments

I don't care a toss about dimmable window blinds, dynamic lighting or bigger dunnies - just give me leg room!

splatman
6th February, 2010 @ 04:35 am PST

no one cares about larger toilets, give cattle class some damn beds!

David Anderton
7th February, 2010 @ 07:59 am PST

I don't care about "dynamic" lighting, electronic window shades ect. I need a bigger seat with more room, ie a seat not designed for chinese midget contortionists! I'm not fat or overly tall but I do get cramped in cattle class seats!

A bigger toilet is ok. I hate having to drop my pants outside and back in because there's no room to turn round once you are in there.

How about a seperate compartment for screaming, feral babies/kids? Or better still a chute where they can be dumped outside at 40000 ft!

Aussie Bob.

Aussie Bob
7th February, 2010 @ 07:50 pm PST

Thanks for getting the pix back into the stories. Way better on the eyes. Cheers d;-)

Jetwax
8th February, 2010 @ 01:29 am PST

Yep. Can't they make thinner, yet stronger seats? Also, I have seen concepts that allow for more room, even beds, in economy seating. Why doesn't someone like Virgin Atlantic blaze the trail here. Mr Branson? Save us from cattle-class misery!

Martin John Smith
8th February, 2010 @ 04:19 am PST

I like the dual storage bays. I think AC power should be available to the coach class via connectors between seats.

John H
8th February, 2010 @ 04:43 am PST

World's greatest example of airplane companies missing the point.

Thomas Graham
3rd March, 2010 @ 03:16 pm PST

Why dont airlines make planes with bunk beds? For long haul flights it would be perfect. Something like a Japanese capsule hotel with wings. This just looks like another plane and I doubt I would notice any difference

Nissy
10th March, 2010 @ 03:11 am PST

haha you guys wish it would have bigger seats. Aircraft designers have no say over the interior layout, they might suggest comfy amazing large and wide seats according to the required number of passengers, but airliners will change that. an airliner orders the aircraft and will squish in as many seats as it can to make more money, if you had extra leg room for comfort as an original design, the airliner would gladly shave off a few inches if that could mean adding another row of seats.

FJdesign
19th January, 2011 @ 12:47 pm PST
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