First flown in December of 2009, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the company’s “technological marvel” and is a result of hundreds of engineers working together from around the world. Aversan especially admires this aircraft for its innovation and how it uses technology to improve the cabin experience, eco-friendliness, and other important factors. We think our readers will be just as interested in this as we are, so we put together the following ten interesting facts!
1. Originally, the airliner was to be called the 7E7 (the “E” stood for efficiency), but Boeing decided to change the name to the 787 in order to stay with tradition. There were actually several reasons for the name change to the number sequence that the Boeing planes were famous for. The most obvious was that people are most familiar with the ascending numbers indicating when each Boeing jet was released (707 was the first one and the 777 was the previous before the 787). Another interesting theory (although mostly speculated) is that Boeing incorporated the number ‘8’ because it is considered good luck in China (as it translates to ‘money’). Chinese airlines bought a very large amount of the 787s, therefore seemingly backing up this reasoning.
2. Depending on the model and configuration, the plane sells for approximately $146 to $200 million dollars. According to sources, there have been about 1057 total orders for the 787 Dreamliner (this includes the 787-8, 787-9, and 787-10 models).
3. The Dreamliner contains approximately 2.3 million parts, which have been supplied from all over the world. The Boeing 737 had only 400 thousand parts.
4. The size of the windows on a 787 Dreamliner are the largest of any airplane to date, measuring at 47 by 28 centimeters (or 19 inches high). According to Boeing, this makes the 787’s windows 65% larger than any other aircraft window.
5. Let’s talk about green facts! The Dreamliner is Boeing’s most eco-friendly airliner for two reasons. First, this is Boeing’s most fuel-efficient airliner, designed to be 20% more efficient than the 767. Second, the 787 is the world’s first major airliner to incorporate primarily composite materials in the construction of its airframe.
6.The cabin is state of the art! Flight attendants and other crew members have the ability to customize the lighting in the cabin – they can simulate a bright daylight or a calm night sky. Even more interesting, the plane has no window shades! Instead, there is a dimming option for passengers. Want to see it in action? Check out a demo of the entire cabin experience here.
7. An empty 787 weighs close to 117,617 kilograms. That’s the equivalent of about 29 elephants! The wing span measures at 197 feet (or 60 meters), the length is 186 feet (57 meters), and the height is a total of 56 feet (17 meters).
8. It flies at Mach 0.85, which translates to about 650 miles per hour.
9. Ever heard of Smooth Ride Technology? The 787 senses turbulence and automatically adjusts the wing control surfaces for a smoother ride. Many sensors that are located all around the aircraft constantly measure changes in angular velocity and pressure distribution. Controllers then take in the data, apply software algorithms and determine what actions should be taken next.
10. Aversan was involved in the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner! Aversan was contracted via Honeywell to help develop embedded software.
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