Boeing 787 Dreamliner Goes From Development To Production
On January 28, 2005, the aircraft's development designation 7E7 was
changed to 787. Early released concept images depicted a radical design
with highly curved surfaces. On April 26, 2005, a year after the launch
of the program, the final and more conventional external 787 design was
Its maximum seating capacity in a one-class configuration is between 290 to 330 passengers depending on variant. Boeing states that it will be more fuel-efficient than earlier Boeing airliners and will be the first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction.
Boeing featured its first 787 in a roll-out ceremony on July 8, 2007, at
The modification entails installing new fittings at 34 stringer
locations within the joint where the wing is attached to the fuselage.
Installations have been completed.
"Completing this work is a significant step toward first flight. We
continue to be pleased with the progress of the team and remain
confident the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner will occur before the
end of the year," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager
of the 787 program. "We will test the modification on the full-scale
static test airframe later this month. As soon as we confirm the loads
are being handled appropriately in the joint we will complete preflight
activities on the airplane."
Once the modification is complete on the static test airframe, it will
be refitted with strain gauges and instrumentation required for testing.
Access doors, systems, seals and fasteners removed from airplane No. 1
to provide access are being restored in preparation for continued
testing on the airplane. Boeing continues to install fittings on the
fatigue test airframe and the remaining flight-test airplanes. Other
airplanes will be modified in the weeks ahead. Overall, the work on
modifying airplanes is progressing well, Fancher said.
"We have a strong and capable team that has performed exceptionally
well," Fancher said. "I'm very pleased with the team's dedication to
meet our commitment to fly before the end of the year."
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