Boeing unveils the Dreamliner (more pics)

Ed. This is cool, really cool.

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boeing.jpgEVERETT, Washington (Reuters) – Boeing Co. (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) unveiled its lightweight, carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner on Sunday in front of 15,000 cheering employees, customers and suppliers, capping a weekend of hype and a flurry of orders for the new fuel-efficient plane.

The elaborate unveiling ceremony, at the company’s Everett, Washington plant, gave the crowds their first full look at the mid-sized, long-range jetliner, which is Boeing’s first all-new plane in 12 years and has already attracted more than $100 billion in orders.

Thousands more watched the event — hosted by former TV news anchor Tom Brokaw — live at Qwest Field stadium in nearby Seattle, and Boeing broadcast the ceremony worldwide on satellite television.

The gleaming, freshly painted jet was pulled into the main doors of Boeing’s plant to resounding cheers, after an hour-long introduction involving live picture feeds on a massive screen from teams working on parts of the plane from Japan, Italy, South Carolina and elsewhere.

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Comments

  1. Christopher says:

    I am looking forward to the bigger windows, but especially to the increased pressurization (6,000 as opposed to 8,000 feet) that will really help with that “whacked out feeling” you get after a few hours on a commercial jetliner.

    Too bad the seats will be crammed in as tight as on existing planes…oh well, it is what we all pay for…;)

  2. Jacobse says:

    I read the windows won’t have shades but be clouded out with some gas like contraption. Also, since the body is made of composites, metal fatigue is a thing of the past.

    Still, those Boeing planes are beautiful machines.

    Yes, we will still be crammed in like cattle most likely.