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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes Third Flight Test

By Mike Mitchell

February 4, 2010 – Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes third flight test publicly, unveiling some of its interior components. The third flight test airplane, ZA003, has a partial interior that provides a glimpse into the new flying experience that the 787 Dreamliner will offer. Configured for flight testing purposes, the interior includes instrumentation racks, flight test equipment and workstations for engineers. 

"This airplane is specifically configured to test the passenger experience elements of the airplane," said Tom Galantowicz, director of 787 Interiors, Commercial Airplanes. "Our engineers and flighttest team use a disciplined process to certify the various elements of the interior and conduct airplane level verifications." The interior includes 135 seats, multiple lavatories and two crew rests. Certifying the interior components involves analyses and testing of the lighting, lavatories, stowage bins, dimmable windows and galleys. 


Passengers will be welcomed onto the 787 by sweeping arches, dynamic lighting, larger lavatories, more spacious luggage bins and electronic window shades whose transparency they can change during flight. "Our team is making great progress and is looking forward to getting this airplane in the air later this month," Galantowicz added. 

Flight testing will continue in the months ahead. Delivery of the first 787 to launch customer ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan is planned for the fourth quarter of this year. ANA will be the first to introduce the newest Boeing 787 aircraft. The 787 will introduce new levels of comfort at the same time and protecting the global environment.  

All Nippon Airways also known as Zennikkū or ANA, is the smaller of the two largest airlines in Japan, headquartered at the Shiodome City Center in the Shiodome area in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. The carrier operates services to 49 destinations in Japan and 35 international routes  and employed 14,179 employees. ANA's main international hubs are at Narita International Airport outside Tokyo and Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Its main domestic hubs are at Tokyo International Airport, Osaka International Airport, Chūbu Centrair International Airport (near Nagoya), and New Chitose Airport (near Sapporo).

In addition to its mainline operations, ANA controls several subsidiary passenger carriers, including its regional airline, Air Nippon, charter carrier, Air Japan, and Air Next, a low-cost carrier based at Fukuoka Airport which handles flights for ANA. Additional smaller carriers include Air Nippon Network (A-net), a subsidiary of Air Nippon, Air Central, Q400-based airline based at Chūbu Centrair International Airport, and ANA & JP Express (AJV), a freighter operator. ANA has also announced it intends to create at least one low-cost carrier subsidiary with another as of yet unnamed Asian airline by fiscal 2009. 

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be design of new materials that are lighter, stronger and resist fatigue and corrosion than ever before. For the passenger cabin comfort of the 787 will have an increased cabin size and maintain a lower cabin altitude to make air travel more enjoyable. High performance engines will reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent and reduce NOx emission by 15 percent compared to the Boeing 767.

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