Boeing 787 Debuts 7/08/07

New fuel-efficient jet promised improved passenger comfort, comeback for beleaguered company
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2007 7:51 AM CDT
This artist rendition of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner is provided by Boeing Aircraft Company. Boeing will officially unveil it's newest air plane Sunday July 8, 2007. The 787 that will be displayed on...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Boeing will unveil its first new plane in 13 years tomorrow, the fuel-efficient, wide-bodied 787 Dreamliner, which pioneers the use of composite materials made of carbon fibers and promises increased passenger comfort. The 787 has already scored a record-breaking 640 orders, representing a comeback for the company, plagued in recent years by scandals and production delays.

The plane will be 20% more fuel efficient than the 767; it will offer bigger windows and better air quality, expected to cut down on jet lag for its 210-330 passengers. Assembled from components made by outside contractors, the 787 is scheduled for its  first flight in August or September, and its first delivery next May.