The new Boeing 787 is the first all new jetliner built by the company in many years. As with any new product there have been great leaps in technology. I will discuss these advances, potential costumers, sales, competition and much more.
There are three planed variants currently under development, the 787-3, 787-8 and the 787-9. Each has different range, size and passenger capability. The 787-3 will carry 290-330 passengers approximately 2500-3000 NMI (nautical miles), the 787-8 is set to carry 224 with a maximum of 375 approximately 7600-8200 NMI and lastly the 787-9 will carry 250-290 passengers approximately 8000-8500 NMI. With these various passenger and distance ranges the 787 is likely to replace the Boeing 767 and to some degree the Boeing 757. As far as competitors, the Airbus A350 series is the most likely one. A talked about 787-10 would likely be a larger aircraft and would compete with the Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft.
The market for this aircraft is very large and diversified. The three different variants will serve on a range of routes. The 787-3 is likely to fly on regional routes such as New York to Denver and Asian routes that would be flown with higher density seating capacity. The big advantage to this model aircraft is the lighter MTOW (Maximum Take Off Weight). Airports charge landing fees based on MTOW and the lighter aircraft means less money to operate. The other two variants the 787-8 and -9 models have higher MTOW but also have much longer range. The -8 model can go from New York to Paris and the -9 model would likely be on routes even longer like Moscow to São Paulo. With all these models the 787 will capture a large part of both the domestic and international markets in the United States as well as Europe and Asia.
The 787 is also a major leap forward in the technology front. These improvements range from advances in construction materials and techniques to the function of the environmental systems. These improvements will affect the fuel economy of the aircraft as well as the passenger comfort, allowing the 787 to be the most fuel efficient and passenger friendly aircraft in history.
The major advance in construction is the use of composite materials. The chief composite material is carbon fiber a material made from fibers of carbon and then placed in a mold and impregnated with a resin. This is very similar to fiberglass production but carbon fiber is much stronger and lighter. The fuselage of the 787 is made of sections built with carbon fiber that is wound around a spindle and then impregnated. These sections are then joined to make the fuselage which makes the fuselage very light and strong. These materials are also used in the wings, tail and winglets on the 787.
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