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    Default Boeing Airliner Development

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    Boeing's newest jetliner in the 747 family, the 747-8 Intercontinental, has embarked on and successfully completed its first flight today. The plane took off for a successful 4-1/2-hour flight. It has entered the flight testing stage where, according to Boeing, it will participate in from now to about the 4th quarter.

    The machine is very unique in that it that it features for the very first time in the history of the craft's 30-plus-year illustrious career, an extended fuselage to accommodate an additional 50 passengers and some newer technologically advanced features under the hood, including sophisticated avionics and better fuel savings. The upper deck has also been extended yet again.

    The craft's engines have also been given a complete radical makeover which made them more powerful and more fuel-efficient, as well as a much quieter performance on take-offs, in the air and landings with a sawtooth design at the rear of the naceles to effectively muffle the jet blast, making the engines their quietest ever.

    Even the wing has been given a completely new design with high-tech raked-back wing tips. Inherited from the 787-8 Dreamliner, instead of them sticking up like the winglets on the 747-400, the tips lay flat wirh the rest of the wing and rake back, thereby providing more fuel efficiency and less drag during flights. Boeing says that the raked wingtip feature is one of a long list of tried and proven innovations in commercial jetliner design.

    The cockpit & cabin have also been given a complete facelift, inheriting some of the same features from the new 787-8 Dreamliner, as well as inheriting the Sky Blue ceiling from the 737-900ER.

    New to the craft, and for the very first time, it also features a tail skid to help protect the tail section in the unlikely event of encountering too-steep take-offs and landings. Onece the plane has taken off, the skid retracts the same time the landing gear does.

    The 747-8 Freighter is already presently in flight testing. The 747-8 Intercontinental joins its partner in the program. It superceeds the previous model in the series, the 747-400. Several airlines have already signed up for the plane in large numbers.
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    Thanks for the info & pics, Gordon! The space-age futuristic cockpit looks just like the one inside the 787-8 Dreamliner!
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    Pity it has so few orders as of now.

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    That could change in the not too distant future.

    The Airbus A-380 is having so many problems, and some of those int'l airlines who have ordered it, could very well switch over to the 747-8 Intercontinental.

    It is smaller, more fuel efficient, lighter and can fly farther than the A-380.
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    Here's a pic of the craft getting airborne off the ground for the very first time yesterday. The pic on the right shows the plane at the moment of touchdown, as small puffs of smoke come from the wheels making contact with the runway after successfully completing its 4-1/2-hour first flight.
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    Default Boeing's New 787 Final Assembly Plant in South Carolina to Open in July.

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    Boeing's new final assembly plant in Charlette, South Carolina is scheduled to begin final assembly production for the new highly-sought-after 787-8 Dreamliner in July, (this summer). It will use a new feature; solar panels that will be installed on the roof of the building.

    This feature will help the facility save up to 20% of engergy costs by getting some of its energy from the sun, use a new highly efficient energy plant and will help benefit the environment as well.

    The new final assembly plant is gearing up to help speed up production to fill the monster orders that airlines around the world have placed for the new airplane. To date, about 59 or so carriers have placed orders totalling close to 900. The fast-accelerating orders for the plane have prompted Boeing to consider building the 2nd facility to help ease the work load and create more jobs.

    The new jetliner is sold out by the massive orders, covering a 3-year waiting period until all present orders placed have been satisfied.

    Almost immediately after the official announcement came down from Boeing that it would begin offering the plane to the airlines, the order book began to swell, with orders coming in from practically every airline in the world! So much so, that Boeing had decided to build the 2nd final assembly plant in SC to handle the massive overflow of orders placed for the airplane.

    First flight took place on December 15, 2009. Aircraft designation numbers; ZA001 through ZA006 are presently in a fast-accelerating flight test program. Boeing expects to have the plane type-certified and ready for the first delivery by the 4th quarter.

    All Nippon Airways and Air New Zealand were the launch customers for the craft.

    Boeing is already presently engaged in heavy discussions with the airlines on a possible stretched version of the craft, also known as the 787-9 Dreamliner. An even bigger stretched variant, known as the 787-10 is aslo being thought of by Boeing, assuming that some of the airlines might want ths variant.
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    Default Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner Finishes Flight Testing.

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    See also; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/787_Dreamliner



    Boeing's all-new most energy-efficient jetliner, the 787-8 Dreamliner has moved yet another step closer to being delivered to its launch customer, All Nippon Airlines (ANA), as it has finished its flight testing and is just about ready to win its type certificate (license to fly).

    The six test aircraft, all named in order, ZA201, ZA202, ZA203, ZA204, ZA205 and ZA206, respectively together, have racked up a combined total of over 4,800 flight tests and have a combined total of over 25,00 test conditions. The craft is scheduled to deliver to its first airline cutomer sometime in the late fall or early winter.

    A total of close to 900 machines are on order from various airlines around the world, as some of the int'l airlines have placed monster orders for the highly-sought-after plane. So much so, that Boeing chose to successfully build and open a 2nd 787-8 Dreamliner final assembly plant in Charlette, NC to handle the forthcoming extremely heavy demands for the plane. ANA has on order about 50 with options for about 30 or so more. As it stands now, all present orders for the craft will not be satified until after the first 3 years of production. Any airline placing orders now, will have to wait for the present orders to be satisfied before they can have theirs made.

    Using a fuselage that is made entirely of composite material, the 787-8 Dreamerliner will be very energy efficient in flight. It has a weight reduction of about 15% or more over comparable jetliners of its size, and its engines will be the quietest over engines featured on previous jetliners. Sized between the 767 & 777 jetliners, the 787-8 Dreamliner is Boeing's 2nd craft behind the 777, to feature a completely circular fuselage.

    The craft also features a giant wing span of close to 200 feet (197 feet total with its raked-back tips). The wing, in and of itself, is also made mostly of composite materials as well. It offers fuel efficiency in the air with far less drag than comparable machines of its own size.

    The all-new space-age futuristic state-of-the-art front office (cockpit) is also of a radically new design, featuring the very latest in avionics and technology with the greatest of ease. It'll quickly become the airline pilots' dream with its new offerings.

    Even the inside of the craft has also undergone a whole new spacious look. Instead of the normal size windows featured on previous jetliners, the 787-8 will feature new larger size windows. Electronic darkeners replace orinary shades, the climate control will be easier to deal with because the humidity level will be slightly increased, making breathing the cabin air easier on the passengers. New high-tech seats in first, business and coach class sections are also featured, depending on the airlines' configuration layouts. Bathrooms will feature spacious interiors and larger doors, making them easily accessible by physically disabled passengers.
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    Merged three threads. Let's keep the posts in one thread.

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    Thanx, Zippy.

    Could you retitle this thread The Boing Boom Thread, please? Thanx if you can.

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    Do you really want "boom" in a title about an airliner?

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    Ok, just make it The Boeing Thread, please. I think that'll work. Thanx, my buddy!!
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    More pics of the 787-8 Dreamliner;
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    Thanx, Zippy! You did great!! Never thought of it that way.

    Thanx again!!

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    Really want to fly on this plane

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