First Dreamliner 787 flight scheduled: October

By danwarne, July 26 2011
First Dreamliner 787 flight scheduled: October

If you've been on tenterhooks waiting to see what Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner looks like first-hand, your opportunity is just around the corner.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced it will operate its first 787 flight in October -- one month after the plane is delivered by Boeing in September.

The first commercial flight will be between Tokyo and Hong Kong, and seats will be sold to any passenger -- as long as they're prepared to pay for a special packaged tour being planned by ANA.

The next-generation jet is three years late, due to a complex worldwide supply chain for manufacturing parts of the aircraft, challenges in manufacturing the aircraft from carbon fibre reinforced plastic rather than a traditional aluminium shell, industrial action and engineering problems with the plane's software and electrical system.

Despite the "Dreamliner" name, the 787 is not a direct competitor to the giant Airbus A380. It is actually much smaller than a 747 or even a 777, and is more directly comparable to the Boeing 767-300s used on interstate hops within Australia, but uses 20% less fuel and has much longer flying range. It will seat 210 to 330 passengers.

Inside the 787

Check out our walkthrough of ANA's first 787.


Hi Guest, join in the discussion on First Dreamliner 787 flight scheduled: October

Notice (8): Undefined variable: infiniteScroll [APP/views/news/view.ctp, line 216]
Notice (8): Undefined variable: infiniteScroll [APP/views/news/view.ctp, line 222]
Warning (2): Invalid argument supplied for foreach() [APP/views/news/view.ctp, line 222]