The US plane manufacturer Boeing has unveiled its latest state-of-the-art jet at its factory near Seattle. A total of 50 percent of the 787 Dreamliner is made from carbon fibre composites, making it, so Boeing say, the most environmentally-friendly aircraft ever built. The midsize, long haul jet will have a range of nearly 16,000 kilometres, which is good news for travellers, according to consultant Richard Aboulafia.
“This plane is particularly good for long, thin routes and that means that passengers will have a better chance of avoiding having to change planes. If they are going between, say, Chicago and Milan, they won’t have to change planes at Frankfurt or Heathrow,” he said. “Basically it is very good for point-to-point route networks.”
Boeing says it has already won 677 orders for the new plane from 47 customers. The success of the 787 is being seen as crucial to the company’s future, just as European rival Airbus is pinning its hopes on the A380.