After more than 2-years of delays and Billions in cost overruns thanks in part to a global supplier arrangement, she’s flying into the future. Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug. 7, 2011 The first commercial production variant of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner blazoned with a large blue 787 moniker and blue ANA highlights (its first commercial Japanese customer) on an all white jet was a sight to behold as it was rolled out of the paint hangar yesterday. T-Minus 3 years, 4-months and counting Back in April of 2008, Boeing released a statement regarding the reasons for the planes upwards of 1.5 years delay included a slower than expected completion of work that traveled from supplier facilities into Boeing's final assembly line, unanticipated rework, and the addition of margin into the testing schedule. Even then, Boeing had expected to deliver approximately 25 787’s in 2009. T-Minus 1-month and counting Just one short month ago, Boeing and ANA began validation of their readiness for the 787 Dreamliner's entry into service with a final prototype landing at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on July 4. ANA's first commercial production 787 features a short-haul international interior design with business- and economy-class cabins. Mitsuo Morimoto, ANA senior executive vice president and member of the board of directors: Some of the most innovative technologies aboard the 787 aren't visible, but will help passengers have a more pleasant and comfortable flight. Passengers will arrive at their destinations feeling more refreshed with the airplane's cleaner cabin air, lower cabin altitude and higher humidity. And one that is? Instead of a slide shade on the side windows, the touch of a button will dim the light coming through from full brightness to almost non-transparent. Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in September. ANA will operate its first 787 revenue flight as a charter international flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong. Boeing 787 Dreamliner Overview Technology - The key to this exceptional performance is a suite of new technologies being developed by Boeing and its international technology development team. As much as 50 percent of the primary structure - including the fuselage and wing - on the 787 will be made of composite materials. The remaining include 20% aluminum, 15% Titanium, 10% Steel and 5% other materials. Compare those figures with the current 777 which incorporates just 12% percent composites and 50 percent aluminum plus titanium, steel and other materials. An open architecture will be at the heart of the 787's systems, which will be more simplified than today's airplanes and offer increased functionality. For example, the team is incorporating health-monitoring systems that will allow the airplane to self-monitor and report maintenance requirements to ground-based computer systems. Boeing selected both General Electric and Rolls-Royce to develop the new engines for the new airplane. It is expected that advances in engine technology will contribute as much as 8 percent of the increased efficiency of the new airplane, representing a nearly two-generation jump in technology for the middle of the market. Another improvement in efficiency will come in the way the airplane is designed and built. New technologies and processes are in development to help Boeing and its supplier partners achieve unprecedented levels of performance at every phase of the program. For example, by manufacturing a one-piece fuselage section, we are eliminating 1,500 aluminum sheets and 40,000 - 50,000 fasteners. Boeing 787 Dreamliner Specifications Brief Description: The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is a hyperefficient airplane with many new passenger-pleasing features. It will bring the economics of large jet transports to the middle of the market, using 20 percent less fuel than any other airplane of its size. Seating: 210 to 250 passengers Range: 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles Configuration: Twin aisle Cross Section: 226 inches Wing Span: 197 feet Length: 186 feet Height: 56 feet Cruise Speed: Mach 0.85 Total Cargo Volume: 4,400 cubic feet Maximum Takeoff Weight: 502,500 pounds Personally I cannot wait to fly in one but that may be a long time coming.