Dreamliner Touched Down In Bangkok For Dream Tour
By Shane Nolan
February 10, 2012 - Boeing's new mid-size passenger
airplane, the 787 Dreamliner, touched down on Thursday
after demonstrating its long-range capabilities by
flying nonstop from Seattle's Boeing Field to Bangkok's
Suvarnabhumi International Airport a distance of 7,679
miles (12,358 km). The visit is part of Boeing's Dream
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size
wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. It seats 210 to 290 passengers,
depending on the variant.
Boeing states that it is the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction. The 787 consumes 20% less fuel than the similarly-sized Boeing 767. Some of its distinguishing features include a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, and a smoother nose contour.
delighted to say 'yindee tonrup' (welcome) to Boeing's 787
Dreamliner on its first visit to Southeast Asia," said
Piyasvasti Amranand, president of Thai Airways International
(THAI). "This airplane will provide an unparalleled and
innovative physical flying experience to our passengers.
Coupling that with our acclaimed 'Touches of Thai' onboard
service will provide our guests with an unbeatable travel
national carrier of the Kingdom of Thailand, is among more than
50 of the world's top airlines that will fly the Dreamliner. The
airline's first eight 787's are being leased from International
Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).
honored that Thai Airways International will be flying the
Dreamliner," said Ralph (Skip) Boyce, president of Boeing
Southeast Asia, who watched the 787 land in Bangkok. "We're glad
it's visiting Bangkok so Prime Minister Yingluck, THAI President
Piyasvasti, his pilots and other THAI team members can
experience this remarkable airplane firsthand."
Bangkok was Ray Conner, senior vice president of Sales and
Customer Support for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Speaking from
Suvarnabhumi International Airport, he noted that more than 800
787s are on order, calling that "a testament to the airplane's
"As a result of its innovative new technologies, the 787 Dreamliner offers unmatched operating economics, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort," Conner added. "It is truly an airplane of the 21st century, providing better environmental performance in addition to an outstanding flying experience for passengers and airlines alike. We look forward to demonstrating the airplane's capabilities to the THAI team."
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