Aircraft Maker Touts "Unprecedented" Response
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner program celebrated the completion of its
first year since launch Tuesday. During the last 12 months, Boeing
says the program has attracted unprecedented demand led by the
historic first order for 50 airplanes from Japan's ANA (All Nippon
Through Monday, 787 customers had announced orders and
commitments for 217 airplanes.
"We are very pleased with the breadth of our customer base,"
said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787
program. "Our customers include established operators in Africa,
Asia, Europe and North America; and customers with a variety of
business models -- scheduled, charter, mainline, and low-cost. Each
is focused on growth and expansion with point-to-point travel to
more destinations throughout the world."
Along with tremendous customer response, the 787 program
continues defining the airplane, including finalizing its exterior
"Our designers took the concept image that reflected our
aspirations for the program -- a truly unique and recognizable
external shape -- and created an efficient airplane that people
will instantly recognize," said Bair.
Passengers will recognize the 787 because of its distinctive
nose, wings, tail and engine cowl. Inside, passengers will find
bigger windows, innovative lighting, more personal space, bigger
overhead bins, a lower cabin altitude during flight and improved
The 787 design team is continuing to finalize internal
configuration elements of the airplane. Full firm configuration is
expected to be complete this summer.
Production of the 787 will begin in 2006. First flight is
expected in 2007 with certification, delivery and entry into
service in 2008.
The 787 is a family of three super-efficient airplanes that will
provide passengers with a better flying experience. The 787-8
Dreamliner will carry 223 passengers in three-classes of seating
with a range of up to 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 kilometers). The
787-3 will carry 296 passengers in two-class seating on ranges up
to 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 kilometers). The 787-9, a longer
version of the 787-8, will carry 259 passengers in three classes
with a range of 8,300 nautical miles (15,400 kilometers).