Finally: Feds Sign Off on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner

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    Aug 28, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    Given the mockups, am hoping I get to fly on one soon somewhere on Star Alliance.

    http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/08/feds-sign-off-on-boeings-787-dreamliner/

    The flight testing is done, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued its approval and as of today Boeing can say the 787 Dreamliner is certified to carry passengers.

    The FAA presented Boeing with a type certificate and production certificate for the innovative composite airliner during a ceremony at Boeing’s factory north of Seattle. The pieces of paper mean the Dreamliner can begin commercial service, and they represent the culmination of several billion dollars of investment for the aerospace giant and almost as many headaches.

    Boeing attempted a grand experiment with the Dreamliner, one that proved far more difficult to execute than anyone imagined. The 787 project took more than three years longer than expected, and the delays cost Boeing untold amounts of money in lost sales. Still, the company has orders for more than 800 Dreamliners and hopes customers will find the airplane was worth waiting for.

    “This is going to be an airplane that changes the game,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh told the crowd gathered around the first 787, airplane ZA001. “Once our customers get this airplane, I think they’ll forgive us for the fact that it was a little bit late.”

    The hard work is only beginning, and more headaches may be ahead. Boeing has shown the composite airplane works as promised. Now it has to prove it can build Dreamliners quickly and efficiently in order to see a profitable return on its investment.

    “This doesn’t magically open up the flood gates and release a torrent of cash,” says Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with Teal Group. “If anything, the financial part could get worse as they try to ramp up production. It’s going to be a very difficult 18 months.”
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    Aug 28, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    ANA is getting theirs on the 26th Septemebr.
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    Aug 28, 2011 8:15 PM GMT
    Does this mean I get a seat that actually reclines instead of moving back an inch?
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    Aug 28, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    I've been in the mock ups up at Everet and seen the ANA 747's rolling off the line...

    It's basically a slight step up in comfort level from an A320, larger windows, over head bins more recessed, softer LED lighting, better air circulation, the big bonus is the humidity level isn't going to have to be set to sahara desert level to avoid the aluminum corroding

    Looking at the 737 it's a big step up...the A320neo will probably out do it though.
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    Aug 28, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    zenmonkie saidDoes this mean I get a seat that actually reclines instead of moving back an inch?


    Probably not. A larger aircraft generally means more seats, not more legroom.
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    Aug 28, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    I fly out of Paine Field in Everett. They are currently lining runway 11/29 (and some 747-8s. I'll be glad when they start delivery and clear the runway! Less taxi time and more favorable for winds!
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    Aug 29, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    Blackguy4you saidANA is getting theirs on the 26th Septemebr.


    http://www.ana.co.jp/eng/aboutana/press/2011/index_110826.html

    Per All Nippon Airways

    ANA, Boeing Set Date for First 787 Dreamliner Delivery

    EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 26, 2011 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] and ANA will celebrate delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner on Sept. 26 in Everett, Wash., after contractual delivery occurs on Sept. 25. Events throughout the day on Sept. 26 will commemorate delivery of this game changing airplane to its launch customer.

    “The airplane is ready. ANA is ready. And, Boeing is ready,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This airplane begins a new chapter in aviation history.”

    ANA’s airplane will arrive in Tokyo on Sept. 28, following a Sept. 27 departure from Everett, Wash., and will be greeted by ANA employees, media and Japanese partners. Details of events in Everett and Tokyo will be provided in the weeks ahead. Many of the events will be webcast live, allowing people around the world to participate in the celebration.

    Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO of ANA Group, said, “As launch customer, we are delighted to be taking delivery of our first 787 Dreamliner. This aircraft will enable us to offer new standards of service and comfort to our passengers and will play an important role in our international expansion strategy as we seek to become Asia’s number one airline.”

    ANA launched the 787 program with a record-setting order of 50 airplanes in April 2004. The airline has played a key role in guiding the design of the Dreamliner.

    The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new commercial jetliner that brings new efficiencies to airlines and delivers superior comfort to passengers. The airplane features the industry’s largest windows, a lower cabin altitude and cleaner air. These features combine to allow passengers to arrive at their destinations more refreshed.
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    Aug 30, 2011 6:30 AM GMT
    Their flight path from the factory is visible from my livingroom. Sweet.icon_cool.gif

    The new jets are quiet!

    Their plant tours are interesting up in Everett, north of the Snohomish county airport. Bring your walking shoes as you're visiting the world's largest indoor space.


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    Aug 30, 2011 6:49 AM GMT
    zenmonkie saidDoes this mean I get a seat that actually reclines instead of moving back an inch?


    Sadly, nope. The airlines make that call, not the manufacturer.

    But you'll get higher humidity air (less dry throat), better filtration (less catching bugs from other sickies on the plane), higher pressurization (simulates a lower altitude -- less ear issues), bigger and electrochromic windows, taller ceilings, mood lighting, and a lot more carry on space. So, uh... yeah!

    And yes, as mentioned above, its really quiet!
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    Aug 30, 2011 7:12 AM GMT
    My biggest concern with the 787 from the start has been the long-term reliability of composite materials at high altitudes, where the sun bakes the hardest (less atmosphere to dilute the rays).

    However, I am definitely a risk-taker, and would love to fly on that thing just for the increased comfort. If it falls apart, oh well...shit happens. icon_lol.gif