The Boeing Aircraft Corporation brought their new 787 Dreamliner aircraft one of the world’s largest passenger planes to Manchester Airport on The Dream World Tour around 10,000 enthusiasts in and around the airport watched it do a low level pass at 500ft in front of the viewing park before landing and taxiing for a close up view.
The 787-8 Dreamliner will carry 210 – 250 passengers on routes of 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles, while the 787-9 Dreamliner will carry 250 – 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles
In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to mid-size airplanes, the 787 provides airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency, resulting in exceptional environmental performance. The airplane uses 20 percent less fuel and emissions than today’s similarly sized aircraft. It will also travel at a similar speed as today’s fastest wide bodies, Mach 0.85.
Passengers will also see improvements on the 787 Dreamliner, from an interior environment with mood lighting and larger windows which dim and with higher humidity to increased comfort and convenience.
The key to the exceptional performance of the 787 Dreamliner is a suite of new technologies developed and applied on the airplane.
Composite materials make up 50 percent of the primary structure of the 787 including the fuselage and wing.
Modern systems architecture is at the heart of the 787’s design. It is simpler than today’s airplanes and offers increased functionality and efficiency. For example, the team has incorporated airplane health-monitoring systems that allow the airplane to self-monitor and report systems maintenance requirements to ground-based computer systems.
New engines from General Electric and Rolls-Royce Trent are used on the 787. Advances in engine technology are the biggest contributor to overall fuel efficiency improvements. The new engines represent nearly a two-generation jump in technology.
The design and build process of the 787 has added further efficiency improvements. New technologies and processes have been developed to help Boeing and its supplier partners achieve the efficiency gains. For example, manufacturing a one-piece fuselage similar in design to F1 racing cars.
The flight deck is all electronic with five flat TV screens with all the technical information as well as a head up display. The 192 feet long wings can be altered for a smoother flight.
Each aircraft cost upwards of 200 million dollars 125 million pounds and 25 percent of that cost is made up of UK manufacturing bringing and keeping aerospace jobs in the UK
Thompson Airways are the first British airline to have ordered 13 aircraft. Deliveries will start in February and start in service on May 1st 2013 flying to Florida and Mexico and beyond from Manchester, Gatwick, Birmingham and East Midlands.