August 7, 2011

Good news: Boeing still works

787 Flight Deck
Here's some good news in the midst of the economic doom and gloom, and it comes from one of the companies the progressivist administration is trying to hinder.  Boeing has it's first 787 Dreamliner client-ready. These planes should turn out to be game-changers.  Instead of Superjumbo A380s from Airbus which are merely prestige planes, the smaller 787 Dreamliner is economically very practical and opens up aviation to smarter distance flights on a much more economic scale.  In hard times economically globally, seemingly everywhere but China, an American company has a product built with the foresight suited to the economic foresight and with the future potential scarcity of fuel in mind. It's a potential game changer.

Good news is welcome news, especially lately.
SEATTLE (Reuters - via Yahoo) - Boeing Co on Saturday afternoon rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner to be delivered to launch customer All Nippon Airways <9202.T>, decked out with the blue and white colors of the Japanese airline.
Boeing presented the plane to ANA executives and crew under clear skies at its Everett factory north of Seattle. The first domestic flights are set to start in Japan in September.

"The plane is being certified to the highest FAA standards," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager, 787 program. "But the real focus of the traveling public will likely be on customer satisfaction and the elegance of the flight."

The 787 Dreamliner is a lightweight airplane that promises 20 percent greater fuel efficiency to operators than similarly sized planes. Boeing says as much as 50 percent of the primary structure will be made of composite materials instead of aluminum.

Aviation experts expect Boeing to apply the technology to future airplanes.

The interior of the first aircraft includes 264 seats -- 12 business and 252 economy -- with personal television sets, roomier seats, an automatic toilet with a wash function, more storage, an arched entry way with a beverage bar, dimmable windows and larger lavatories.

Boeing, the world's second-largest plane maker after Airbus EADS , is about three years behind schedule in delivering the first 787 largely because of snags in the unusually complex global supply chain.

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