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Fuselage sections for 787 Dreamliner delivered in Large Cargo Freighter

May 12, 2007 The 787 Dreamliner is the fastest-selling airplane in aviation history, with firm orders for 567 airplanes from 44 airlines. Perhaps even more intriguingly, it required a complete redesign of an existing plane to create the Large Cargo Freighter just to carry the parts in from suppliers so that its advanced construction technique could be implemented. We’ve covered the story from conception to now (here, here and here), the point where the first of the large composite fuselage sections have begun arriving at Boeing’s Everett plant for assembly.The all-composite forward section, known as section 41 and shown here wrapped in white, is manufactured by Spirit AeroSystems at its facility in Kansas. The complex structure is 21 feet in diameter and 42 feet long. Its landing gear is installed.  Read More

Boeing Dreamlifter Delivers First Assemblies for 787 Dreamliner

January 17, 2007 Given that we’ve been reporting on Boeing’s swing-tail Large Cargo Freighter known as the Dreamlifter since the project began (here, here, and here), we’re pleased to announce that Boeing yesterday delivered the first major assemblies for the all-new 787 Dreamliner to its partner Global Aeronautica, completing the first-ever delivery cycle using the Dreamlifter, a specially modified 747-400.  Read More

Inside the 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF)

September 16, 2006 Believe it or not, this is the inside of an aircraft – not just any aircaraft mind you, but the 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF), the first of three specially modified 747-400 passenger jets that will be used to transport the large composite sections and wings of the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The new aircraft touched down at Seattle's Boeing Field at 8:08 a.m. PDT on September 16, ending a non-stop, 13-hour, 17-minute flight from Taiwan. Previous reports and images here. The LCF is a key element of the lean, global production system that is critical to the 787's success. Flying the large components reduces shipping time to as little as one day from as many as 30.  Read More

Air New Zealand  to be first with Boeing 787-9

May 12, 2006 Air New Zealand will be the first airline in the world to fly the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in December 2010. The 787-9 has exceptional fuel efficiency and economics, and will offer the economics of large jet transports to the middle of the market, using 20 percent less fuel than any other airplane of its size. Capable of carrying 290 passengers on routes up to 16,300 kilometres, the 787-9 is a slightly bigger version of the 787-8 and has a list price of US$183 million. The super-efficient 787-9 has an innovative new interior environment with higher humidity, wider seats and aisles, and larger windows.  Read More

Boeing Unveils 787 Dreamliner Flight Deck

The Boeing Company revealed the flight deck for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner yesterday and the view is so spectacular, we thought it worth running. The flight deck features new technologies while retaining significant operational similarity with the popular Boeing 777 and other Boeing jets. The combination provides airlines with dual benefits -- operational improvements and cost-saving commonality. The new flight deck features much larger display screens than previously seen in airplanes. The five 12-by-9.1-inch screens offer 546 square inches of display space -- twice that of the Boeing 777 -- allowing pilots access to more information. Other key features of the new 787 flight deck are the dual head-up displays (HUDs) and dual electronic flight bag. Boeing has offered HUDs and electronic flight bags on other models but with the 787 they are standard features. HUDs display information on clear screens mounted at eye level so the pilots can see flight data while looking out the windows. Electronic flight bags are the digital equivalent of the pilot's flight bag and include maps, charts, manuals and other data.  Read More

Boeing's swing-tail Large Cargo Freighter

March 20, 2005 The process of designing and building aeroplanes is a complex task as Boeing’s development of the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner amply demonstrates. The 787 Dreamliner uses composite fuselage sections built as full barrels to reduce the number of parts and improve aerodynamic performance and fuel efficiency. So they had to design and build a new plane to carry the parts from their points of manufacturer all over the world. The pregnant-looking Large Cargo Freighter is a modified 747-400 that will serve as the primary means of transporting major assemblies to the 787 Dreamliner final assembly site in Everett, Washington.  Read More

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