While Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo Jet’ and Airbus A380 ‘Superjumbo’ remain as the leaders among the wide-body commercial airliners, Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ is being developed to enter the competition of the long-range passenger aircrafts.
The ‘Dreamliner’ maiden flight took place on December 15th, 2009 in the U.S.A. Seven ‘Dreamliners’ have been built so far for testing purposes, accumulating a total of 4,578 flight hours on 1,616 flights.
787 is expected to provide airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency, resulting in exceptional environmental performance. The airplane will use 20 percent less fuel for comparable missions than today’s similarly sized airplane. It will also travel at speeds similar to today’s fastest wide bodies, Mach 0.85.
With space for up to 250 passengers in a twin aisle configuration, the developers of 787 expect it to be a superefficient airplane.
According to Wikipedia, All Nippon Airways has already ordered seventy-four ‘Dreamliners’ which will join its fleet of 176 passenger aircrafts.
August 1st, 2011.
Sources: Boeing.com and 787flighttest.com