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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner:

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is one of Boeing's most fuel-efficient planes and the world's first major airliner that uses composite materials for most of its construction. The name Dreamliner was chosen in July 2003 when Boeing held a 'Name Your Plane' sweepstakes, during which over 500,000 votes were counted. The initial front runner was the name Global Cruiser which was later beaten by the Dreamliner.

On this page you can find interesting information about the Boeing 787 including cockpit pictures, Dreamliner photos and videos. Enjoy the Boeing 787 Dreamliner experience!

Boeing 787 Dreamliner pictures (incl. B787 cockpit pictures)

Ethiopian Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Ethiopian Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit

Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit

Boeing 787 Dreamliner tail

Boeing 787 Dreamliner tail

Boeing 787 cockpit

Boeing 787 cockpit

Boeing 787 FMC and throttle

787 FMC and throttle

Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight deck

Boeing 787 flight deck

The 787 is a long range, mid-sized, twin-engine aircraft. The longest range variant can fly between 8,000 and 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,700 km), and has a cruising airspeed of Mach 0.85. With a height of 55 ft 6 in (16.9 m), the 787-3 has a wingspan of 170 ft 6 in (52.0 m), while the 787-8 and 787-9 have wingspans of 197 ft 3 in (60.1 m). Furthermore the Dreamliner has a service ceiling of 43,000 ft (13,100 m).

(Boeing 787 video: A Boeing 787 Dreamliner take off)

For extra efficiency the new electrical architecture of the Dreamliner replaces traditional bleed air and hydraulic power sources, and completely eliminates pneumatics and hydraulics from some subsystems. An active gust alleviation system will improve ride quality during turbulence.

The 787 Dreamliner is approximately 80% composite by volume. Each 787 contains approximately 35 short tons of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, (made with 23 tons of carbon fiber), which has a higher strength to weight ratio than traditional aircraft materials. Composites are used on the fuselage, wings, tail, doors, and interior of the Dreamliner.  

Drawing praise and criticism Boeing chose to produce the 787 in an unconventional manner. Instead of building an aircraft from the ground up, Boeing subcontracted the manufacturing of their aircraft components to other companies around the world.

(Dreamliner video: Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner fly-by)

The 787's central wing box comes from Japan, the horizontal stabilizers come from Italy, the passenger doors, wiring, and landing gear come from France, the cargo, access, and crew escape doors come from Sweden, and the floor beams come from India. To help bring these components together, Boeing uses modified 747-400's to transport parts, which are called Dreamlifters.

The passenger cabin of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is 18ft wide and features large windows which feature a special smart glass that allow passengers and cabin crew to adjust visibility and sunlight according to their needs. The cabin is also illuminated by LED lights and also uses special filtration systems to make the inside air more pleasant and clean. Passenger comfort is also improved by keeping the cabin at an altitude of 6000 feet during cruise as opposed to 8000 feet on older conventional aircraft.

Final assembly of the Boeing 787 airplane employs a maximum of 1,200 people to integrate systems and join the already completed subassemblies which have been delivered from around the world.

Boeing 787 pictures


Boeing 787

B787 Dreamliner

B787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 back view

Boeing 787 back view

Boeing 787 Dreamliner at airport

Dreamliner at airport

Boeing 787 Dreamliner nose

Boeing 787 nose

Boeing 787 landing gear

787 landing gear

Boeing 787 LOT

Boeing 787 LOT

Boeing 787 Dreamliner engine

Dreamliner engine

Boeing 787 Dreamliner LOT airlines

787 Dreamliner LOT

Norwegian Dreamliner

Norwegian Dreamliner

Norwegian Dreamliner tail

Norwegian 787 tail

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Norwegian

Norwegian 787

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Rolls-Royce engine

787 Rolls-Royce engine

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Qatar A7-BCF

Qatar 787 A7-BCF

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Ethiopian

Boeing 787 Ethiopian

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Thomson

Boeing 787

Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit windows

787 cockpit windows

Boeing 787 Dreamliner door

Boeing 787 door

The first 787 Dreamliner was ceremoniously rolled out on July 8th 2007, (7/8/07), and Boeing intended for it to make it's first flight by the end of August. Unfortunately the aircraft systems hadn't been installed yet, and Boeing's subcontractors began to face problems procuring the necessary parts and performing their assigned subassemblies on schedule. To expedite delivery and production, the remaining assembly work that their subcontractors were unable to do was left for for Boeing to complete as 'traveled work'.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner features a fly-by-wire control system and LCD MFD's in the cockpit. The Head Up Displays are fitted as standard and instead of a side-stick (like on Airbus aircraft) the pilots of the Dreamliner use a conventional type yoke to manipulate the primary control surfaces of the B787.

On September 5th 2007, Boeing announced the first of many delays, blaming a shortage of flight fasteners and incomplete software. On October 10th 2007, Boeing announced a three month delay to the 787's first flight, and a six month delay on deliveries attributed to problems with the foreign and domestic supply chain and lack of documentation. On January 16th, 2008, Boeing announced another three-month delay to the first flight, citing insufficient progress on 'traveled work'.

Following three more delays, Boeing announced on June 15th 2009 at the Paris Air show, that the 787 Dreamliner would make it's first flight within two weeks. Unfortunately on June 23rd they postponed the first flight once again so they could reinforce an area within the side body section of the aircraft.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner taxi tests at Everett
(In this photo: Boeing 787 during taxi tests at Everett)

Finally, on December 15th 2009, the first Boeing 787 took off from Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington at 10:27 am PST, and landed at Boeing Field in King County, Washington at 1:35 pm PST. The maiden test flight of the Dreamliner was shortened unexpectedly due to bad weather.

Things have been looking better for Boeing recently. On April 23rd 2010 a 787 was delivered to a hangar at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, for extreme weather testing, and on September 1st 2010, a Dreamliner landed at Keflavik in Iceland to begin a week long trial of test landings under heavy wind conditions.

(Boeing 787 Dreamliner video: Boeing 787 taxi by and takeoff)

By August 2013 Boeing has secured already a total of 930 orders and 66 deliveries of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Some of the operators of the Boeing 787 are All Nippon Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines and many more. As part of their future plans, Boeing expects at some point to build a freighter version of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. As of October 2014, there were already 193 Boeing 787 Dreamliner deliveries and over a thousand orders placed. Among the many airlines that operate the Dreamliner are LOT Polish airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thomson Airways, United Airlines and a lot of others.

Here are some quick facts and figures about the Boeing 787-9: Seating: 280 passengers, length: 62.8m, wingspan: 60.1m, height: 16.9m, MTOW: 251,000kg, cruise speed: Mach 0.85 (913km/h), range: about 15,000km, service ceiling: 43,000ft, thrust: 71,000lbf.