Boeing plans July 8 rollout for its hot-selling Dreamliner

  • SCBJ Staff
  • Tuesday, September 2, 2008 1:29pm

The long-awaited rollout of the first 787 Dreamliner from Boeing’s Everett plant has been set for July 8 at 3:30 p.m., according to an announcement by the 787 program’s vice president and general manager, Mike Bair.

In mid-April, sales of the world’s most technologically advanced airliner had reached 514 orders from 43 customers around the world, making the 787 the fastest-selling commercial airplane in history, Boeing officials reported.

“Surpassing the 500-order mark this early in the program — more than a year before the first airplane is delivered — shows that Boeing made the right choice in our point-to-point business strategy, and that the 787 team made the right choices in designing the airplane,” said Bair.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will provide a new generation of airliners, using the latest groundbreaking technology, such as stronger-than-steel composite material construction instead of aluminum sheets riveted together.

Passengers will have an improved flying experience through the new interior design of the aircraft, including cleaner air, bigger windows, more stowage space and improved lighting.

Airline operators will benefit from having a significantly more efficient jetliner, which uses 20 percent less fuel per passenger than similarly sized airplanes. Also, the 787 is designed with environmental improvements, such as lower engine emissions and quieter takeoffs and landings.

For more on the Dreamliner’s recent sales, see Business Briefs.

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