The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its first flight Dec. 15, 2009, two years late than the scheduled date. And landed a few days ago in Europe, at the Aircraft International Exhibition of Farnborough, near London.
The plane is made mostly of carbon fiber, which together with other lightweight materials, accounts for more than 50%.
The main feature is its low fuel consumption following the lightness obtained using these lightweight materials instead of the usual aluminum. An estimated 20% saving of fuel, as well as a reduction of pollution than traditional aircraft.
To achieve this, a team of several international companies led by Boeing, including the Italian Alenia Aeronautica (Finmeccanica).
Will be available in three versions and can carry from 210 to 280 passengers. The cost ranges from 105 to 145 million dollars, can travel from 14,200 to 15,200 km altitude and can reach a cruising speed of 930 km / h and approximately 11,000 feet altitude.
Passengers should also enjoy more space, larger windows and better ventilation system.
A first step for a “mobility” more sustainable is about to revolutionize the design of future aircraft.