Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner
November 4th marked a pivotal point in history for both United Airlines and U.S. air travel when the 787 Dreamliner departed on its inaugural domestic flight from Houston to Chicago. Passengers enthusiastically boarded the plane for the momentous occasion, which can only be compared to the excitement of a child‚Äôs first flying experience. What makes Boeing‚Äôs new commercial aircraft so cutting-edge, you may ask? Read onto to discover four of the Dreamliner‚Äôs innovative features.
About 50 percent of the state-of-the-art Boeing’s weight is composed of carbon fiber composite materials, which are lighter, need less upkeep, and amount to less waste from manufacturing,. LED lights are the only source of illumination you’ll find inside the Dreamliners cabin, and the 787 uses 20 percent less fuel than other planes of the same size. Fitted with either a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 or General Electric GEnx or engine, the revolutionary aircraft produces less noise and emissions than models before it.
787 Dreamliners come equipped with progressive wing and tail technology. They are integrated with a state-of-the-art Fly-by-wire system, the plane is able to detect and automatically correct its stability when encountering turbulence. Everyone enjoys the benefits of a smoother flight from the 787’s hi-tech electrical components.
First class passengers have the ability to lay their seats completely flat and take a relaxing snooze mid-air, a nice luxury to have for those long, international flights. All window seats will bring out our inner-childs need to push the futuristic dimming button a couple times, and the larger panes give passengers a better view of the earth down below. LEDs provide the cabin with a tranquil ambiance and designate distinct mood lighting in various hues to signify take-off, meal service, sleeping and landing times. Each seat offers fliers the cushy amenity of having a personal Panasonic eX2 in-flight-entertainment system, and there is much more room to store carry-on luggage in the overhead storage compartment. Take a tour of the United Dreamliner’s cabin here.
Improved Air Quality and Cabin Pressure
The typical commercial aircraft is fitted with a bleed air system, where the oxygen supply is pulled through the plane’s engines. This means that you are breathing in fumes and toxins emitted by jet fuel. Passenger and crew lungs benefit from the Dreamliner’s no-bleed air technology, because the aircraft’s oxygen is pumped into the cabin from separate intake ducts far away from the engines. The 787’s cabin pressure is 2000 feet less than other typical commercial planes, which means everyone’s lungs are taking in an additional 8 percent of oxygen.
December 4th, United’s 787s will begin their international flights to Amsterdam from the Houston hub. United has ordered 50 Dreamliners from Boeing (each costing more than $200 million), and it is only a matter of time before other U.S. airline companies begin to update their fleets with Boeing’s latest aircraft.