The Boeing 787 Dreamliner
After all that has been said about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the airplane is set to revolutionize the airline industry. The 787 Dreamliner is more technologically advanced than its predecessors and will boast better performance, better fuel efficiency, and higher passenger comfort. To be honest, with all the new innovations the 787 Dreamliner is said to have, the airplane is quite a wonder. The question now: Can Boeing deliver?
If Boeing succeeds, they will catapult past their competition, the European manufacturer Airbus. They are confident that the 787 Dreamliner will help them do just that, and have predicted very high sales numbers. According to Oxford Analytica, Boeing has predicted the sale of 28,000 aircraft over the next twenty years. One quarter of these planes will be the wide-bodied 787, which would be over 45% of the market by value (OxAn). Clearly Boeing wants their 787 Dreamliner to dominate the wide-bodied market. The rest of the planes that Boeing has predicted to sell are narrow-bodied aircraft, which would allow Boeing “to capture a good chunk of the future narrow-bodied market” (OxAn).
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has a lot of new improvements and additions in its technology and design that make the airplane safer, more efficient, and more comfortable. One of the main advances in technology that the 787 Dreamliner will boast is a one-piece fuselage section. This will eliminate 1,500 aluminum sheets and between 40,000 – 50,000 fasteners that were used to create the fuselage on older models (Boeing). The new wing design is supposed to improve airflow and reduce drag. The new engines being designed by Rolls Royce and General Electric will provide 8% of the increased efficiency of the airplane (Boeing). There are also a lot of new technologies that will help the pilot with his work. There are new electronic checklists that will eliminate the need for the pilot to carry around paper checklists. There is...
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