Boeing Construction Milestone On 787
Final Assembly Plant
September 27, 2010
- Boeing on Friday marked completion of the steel framework for its new
787 Dreamliner Final Assembly building with a special topping-out
ceremony. The event was held in conjunction with BE&K/Turner, the
design-builder of the facility.
The final piece of steel was put into place on the 1.1 million-square-foot (102,193 square meters) structure less than a year after the November 2009 groundbreaking.
Approximately 18,000 tons of steel are used in the building. Construction on the new facility is on schedule, with airplane production due to begin in July 2011 and first delivery in first-quarter 2012.
"By this time next
year, the Final Assembly building will be complete, and we will have
begun production of the first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner. That
is tremendous from green-field site to airplane production in about 18
months," said Marco Cavazzoni, vice president and general manager, 787
Final Assembly and Delivery.
"The support we've
received and continue to receive from our
At full production
rate, Boeing will assemble and deliver three 787s per month from
787 Dreamliner is a long range, mid-sized, wide-body, twin-engine jet
airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It seats 210 to 330
passengers, depending on 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. Its development and
production has involved a large-scale collaboration with numerous
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long range, mid-sized, wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It seats 210 to 330 passengers, depending on 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. Its development and production has involved a large-scale collaboration with numerous suppliers.
initial designation 7E7 was changed to 787 in January 2005. The first
787 was unveiled in a roll-out ceremony on July 8, 2007 at Boeing's
scheduled to enter service in May 2008, the aircraft's maiden flight
took place on December 15, 2009 in the
Flight systems on
the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will include Honeywell and Rockwell-Collins
flight control, guidance, and other avionics systems, including standard
dual head up guidance systems, while Thales supplies the integrated
standby flight display and electrical power conversion system. A version
of Ethernet (Avionics Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet (AFDX) / ARINC 664)
will be used to transmit data between the flight deck and aircraft
systems. The flight deck features LCD multi-function displays, all of
which will use an industry standard GUI widget toolkit (Cockpit Display
System Interfaces to User Systems / ARINC 661). The Lockheed Martin
Orion spacecraft will use a glass cockpit derived from Honeywell
International's 787 flight deck.
The 787 flight
deck includes two head-up displays (HUDs) as a standard feature. Like
other Boeing airliners, the 787 will use a yoke instead of a side-stick.
The future integration of forward looking infrared into the HUD system
for thermal sensing so the pilots can "see" through the clouds is under
The most notable
contribution to efficiency is the new electrical architecture which
replaces bleed air and hydraulic power sources with electrically powered
compressors and pumps, as well as completely eliminating pneumatics and
hydraulics from some subsystems (e.g., engine starters or brakes).
The 787's engines
use all-electrical bleedless systems, eliminating the superheated air
conduits normally used for aircraft power, de-icing, and other
functions. Another new system is a wing ice protection system that uses
electro-thermal heater mats on the wing slats instead of hot bleed air
that has been traditionally used.
An active gust alleviation system, similar to the system used on the B-2 bomber, improves ride quality during turbulence. Boeing, as part of its "Quiet Technology Demonstrator 2" project, is experimenting with several engine noise-reducing technologies for the 787. Among these are a redesigned air inlet containing sound-absorbing materials and redesigned exhaust duct covers whose rims are tipped in a toothed pattern to allow for quieter mixing of exhaust and outside air. Boeing expects these developments to make the 787 significantly quieter both inside and out.
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