Boeing’s new mid-sized passenger offering, the 787 Dreamliner, has safely touched down in time for the Singapore Airshow.
Breaking Travel News reports that the 787 is to take a break during the show, remaining on public view between February 14th and 17th after completing a mammoth non-stop trip just days earlier.
Showing off the capabilities of the super-efficient airplane – one that’s sure to be a hit with flight tracking enthusiasts – the 787 flew an incredible 7,679 miles (12,358 km) from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport before heading to the show.
Non-stop distance is clearly one of the airplane’s selling points, with more than 800 companies snapping up models for themselves around the globe.
Boeing.com says that the 787-8 Dreamliner is capable of carrying 210 to 250 passengers on routes of 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles (14,200 to 15,200 kilometres), while the 787-9 Dreamliner can carry 250 to 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 kilometres).
Composite materials make up 50 per cent of the plane’s primary structure, including the fuselage and wing, making it incredibly fuel efficient.
The model on display at the airshow, which is considered to be among the world’s top three aviation events, is currently embarking on a six-month Dream Tour.
Test plane ZA003 is said to be kitted out with special cabin features, especially for touring guests lucky enough to experience the new plane first hand.
Such luxuries include a welcoming entryway, large business-class cabin, large dimmable windows, larger bins and dynamic LED lighting.