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Wow, is this a hot looking plane or what?
Boeing’s highly anticipated new 787 Dreamliner made its its first flight today after passing all of its functional tests. The 787 Dreamliner is sure to be the new plane of the stars, promising to be one of the world’s most fuel efficient planes.
It is made of carbon and titanium, reducing fuel consumption as well as maintenance costs. The Boeing 787’s first flight should last about four hours while her two pilots kick the tires and see how the new plane operates.
The goal of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is to be able to fly long distances without stopping to refuel, a revolutionary innovation which will reshape the aviation industry as we know it.
Howard Wheeldon, a transport analysis for BGC Partners says, “This is an aircraft that changes the whole basis of flying, because of the equipment on board,” he said. “In terms of the cost of operation this is an 80% composite material aircraft, with 35 tonnes of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, so it is a light aircraft – which means it burns less fuel.”
Boeing’s rival, Airbus, also has a lightweight, revolutionary new aircraft in development. It’s plane will consist of carbon-composite materials.
Bottom line, if you’re going to join the mile-high club, this is the plane to do it in.
Watch the Boeing 787 Dreamliner first flight below:
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