Boeing's Dreamliner Debuts

Crowd of 15,000 greets cutting-edge jet
By Theodore Bressman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2007 5:44 AM CDT
Boeing's Dreamliner Debuts
Visitors crowd around the first production model of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane after it was unveiled to an audience of several thousand employees, airline executives, and dignitaries during a ceremony Sunday, July 8, 2007, at Boeing's assembly plant in Everett, Wash. The 787 is Boeing's...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more Boeing stories.)

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