One of the best known airliners in the world is the Boeing. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Depending on the variant, the Boeing 787 can seat up to 290 passengers. The staff from Boeing company claim that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the most fuel-efficient airliner and the world’s first major airliner to use original construction materials, such as composite.
After a fierce competition, Boeing announced in 2003 that the Boeing 787 would be assembled in its factory in Everett, Washington. The way the Boeing 787 was constructed was quite original. Instead of building the complete aircraft from the ground up in the traditional manner, the jet was built the other way round. The final assembly employed more than 1000 people to join subassemblies and to integrate systems. The company assigned global subcontractors to do more assembly themselves and deliver completed subassemblies to Boeing for final assembly.
In order to speed delivery of the Boeing 787 major components, the company modified several used 747-400s into 747 Dreamlifters to transport the Boeing 787 wings, fuselage sections, and other smaller parts. As the company worked with its suppliers on early Boeing 787 production, the aircraft design had proceeded through a series of test goals. In 2007, the certification of the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine by European and US regulators was received. In order to see whether the airliner is resistant, a crash test was made. The crash test involving a vertical drop of a partial composite fuselage section from about 15 feet onto a 1 inch thick steel plate. Several crash tests were performed according to several scenarios.
In 2009, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its maiden flight, from County Airport in Everett, Washington and landing at Boeing Field in King County, Washington. Because of bad weather the flight of the Boeing 787 was reduced from four to three hours. After a year of more testing, the Boeing 787 was put to use at the major airports in the United States, Asia, Europe and South America. The Boeing 787 is a great airliner that provides safety, comfort and a convenient flight.