The Boeing Co. unveiled its cutting-edge 787 Dreamliner to 15,000 enthusiastic employees and guests at its Everett, WA, factory yesterday, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The 787 features breakthroughs in fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. It's made primarily of light-weight carbon-fiber composite, and is designed to provide better air quility, higher cabin pressure, and bigger windows.
Even the president of rival Airbus hailed yesterday as "a great day in aviation history." Airline companies have already ordered 677 of the mid-sized, wide-bodied jets; Boeing says it's sold out of delivery positions until about 2013. The first test flight is scheduled for late August or early September. "We're chomping at the bit," said one pilot.