Boeing hasn't released an all new plane in over ten years. Once something as complicated as an airplane is designed, it's best to try and make it last. Just be happy that the things are staying off the ground, and keep selling the same old designs.
But airlines have been clamoring for something new, something better, something...EFFICIENT. And the 787 Dreamliner is that plane. Boeing has just finished its first Dreamliner and will be unveiling it this Sunday (7/8/07...get it?)
The plane will use roughly twenty percent less fuel per mile than other plane in its class. Two innovations make this possible. First, it's ultra-efficient turbo-fan jet engines. But while some other planes are using the turbo-fans, no one else is using carbon fiber like Boeing.
More than 50% of the plane, in fact, the entire fuselage, is made of carbon fiber. The result is a significantly lighter plane that can be molded for prime aerodynamic flight. Alumninum planes require millions of heavy bolts and have to take the shape that will make the aluminum strongest. Carbon fiber is stronger and can be created in any shape.
The carbon fiber also allows for a much faster construction time (just under three days) and some additional benefits that should be welcome to fliers. First, aluminum planes have to be kept at near zero percent humidity to prevent possible corrosion. The Dreamliner will be the first commercial airline with cabin humidity designed for comfort, not for anti-corrosion. Second, the carbon fiber cabin can also be pressurized more than aluminum airplanes, so cabin pressures will be higher and ears will pop less often.
Obviously, there's a lot of reasons to want to get your hands on a Dreamliner, and Boeing is discovering that their gamble is paying off. Already, more than 600 Dreamliners have been ordered by airlines across the world. I'll be happy to see this new fuel efficient plane flying the friendly skies someday soon. Hopefully we'll all get to take a ride.
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