Saturday, 27 August 2011

Boeing 787 Dreamliner cleared to take to the skies

There is good news for Boeing as the Federal Aviation Authority has approved the 787 Dreamliner to begin carrying passengers.

The FAA presented Boeing with a type and production certificate during a ceremony at Boeing's factory near Seattle which allows the project to get off the ground and recoup money on a project which has cost billions and taken three years longer than expected. Despite these setbacks, Boeing has taken orders for more than 800 787 Dreamliners.

The large number of orders for the 787 can be attributed to its claims on fuel efficiency where it expects to be 20% more efficient than airliners of a similar size. Boeing expect to make these efficiencies through new Rolls Royce engines and better wing aerodynamics.

The list price for a 787 Dreamliner is $185.2 million although airlines are expected to receive significant discounts on bulk orders. All Nippon Airways are expect to receive their first 787 in late September and begin usage in October.