Monday, July 09, 2007

Post Titled: Boeing Dreamliner...grips the inner child ooohing "coool"

A few years back on a flight to iceland I sat next to a Boeing engineer who spent hours telling me how cool this new plane they were producing was going to be. Yesterday, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner rolled off the assembly line (or however they bulid them) and onto the front pages of newspapers all over the world- why? -Because it is different.
Ripped from the Hindustan Times:

"The new jet with the tail fins of its 47 customers - including the two Indian air carriers - painted on the fuselage, has a structure made up of 50 per cent carbon composite materials and another 15 per cent titanium, making it much lighter and more fuel efficient than existing jetliners of the same size.

The use of fatigue-resistant and rust-free composite materials means air in the cabin can be more humid, leaving passengers less dried out and jetlagged after a long flight. The plane, which seats nine-abreast in coach, can carry up to 330 people in its largest model. Prices range from $146 million to $200 million."

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Blogger Nigel said...

There's no doubt it's an interesting technical accomplishment, but I can't help but think of all those high tech vehicles in "Thunderbirds" that were always getting into desperate trouble and required saving by "International Rescue". How much do you trust a plane that's a "world first" in so many ways? It gives me pause...

7:47 pm  
Blogger "Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

true, there was that "finger-sized gap" when they were assembling it, not to mention that the different parts are subcontracted and produced throughout the world- a communications feat... but worrisome atthe same time, indeed.

8:07 pm  

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