Boeing has finally started rolling out its 787 Dreamliner airplane -- what's being hailed as the first new commercial planes of the 21st century -- three years late and $32 billion later.
According to USA Today, the long-anticipated Dreamliner features the largest entryways, overhead bins and windows of any airplane on the market. Boeing's Director of Differentiation Strategy Blake Emery, Boeing's director is reported as saying these upgrades "improve harmony inside the cabin:"
"In the past," said Emery, "things either worked or looked good. This plane is designed for both." One of their favorite examples is the latch on the overhead bins. "Those can be confusing," said Craver, "So we made latches that open if you push on the top or the bottom. Whatever is intuitive will open the bin. Part of improving the experience is eliminating things that make you feel bad."
The plane also has a carbon fiber design making it more fuel efficient than traditional planes.
Watch this ITN News announcement:
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Now, thanks to Business Insider, you can take a look inside the jumbo jet:
Earlier this year, Dreamliner completed its maiden trans-pacific voyage to Japan to undergo testing from All Nippon Airways and Boeing will return Dreamliner Tuesday to Tokyo as ANA's first completed plane. ANA is reported as saying it expects 55 more Dreamliners by 2017.
Take a look at Dreamliner's first flight to Japan:
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But well before tomorrow's expected delivery, Wired reports, Boeing began training pilots who will fly these planes and it was all done virtually:
Anyone who's flown a Boeing 777 can get up to speed with the 787 in as few as five days as the two airplanes share a type rating for pilots. A pilot with no experience in a Boeing airplane will need as long as 22 days to receive a type rating and master the 787.
No matter their experience level, none of them will actually fly a 787 during training. It's all done electronically. There are no books to study, airframes to inspect or airplanes to fly. From learning about the airplane's hydraulic system to making a virtual walk around pre-flight inspection to even learning how to take off, pilots learn everything needed for their type rating without ever even seeing a real 787.
The plane itself costs $200 million and about 800 have been ordered so far.
[H/T Business Insider]