Saturday, July 20, 2013

VIDEO: First look at the forthcoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which rolled out of the factory this week

Did you know the first 787-9 Dreamliner was rolled out of Boeing’s factory in Everett this week?

Under normal circumstances, this massive development for the US-based aircraft manufacturer would have been celebrated with much fanfare.

However, with dark clouds still looming over the smaller 787-8 due to recent issues, it is little surprise that Boeing opted for a low-key rollout on this occasion.

Still, that hasn’t stopped The Aviation Writer from getting its hands on a cool video of the rollout, which was uploaded on Vimeo by amateur photographer and self-confessed aviation nut Liz Matzelle.

At the moment, the aircraft is painted in a simple Boeing livery (which actually looks great on the bird), but it will eventually feature the Air New Zealand livery, as the national carrier is the 787-9 launch customer.

Check out the video below – and remember to like The Aviation Writer’s Facebook page for more aviation videos, photos and stories. Click here to visit!

What do you think of the Boeing 787-9? Does it look better than the 787-8? Stay tuned for more updates on the forthcoming aircraft, with an inaugural test flight expected next month. We cannot wait!

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15 comments :

  1. Can't wait to see the paint job!

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  2. Eat that Airbus!

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  3. Watch out for the batteries...

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  4. Boeing is the best...

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  5. Just have extra fire extinguishers handy ;)

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  6. I don't get all this fuss over the 787, or most of the other airline type aircraft. The A-380 is the monster of the skies at the moment. Why airlines would use a smaller aircraft for overseas travel doesn't make sense.

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    1. Thats because they don't have the capacity on those particular routes or the airports don't have the facilities to handle the A380. Cheaper to fly 200 passengers on a 787 than 200 passengers on an A380. So if u can't fill it, don't buy it.

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    2. Airlines operate to make profit.. and aviation fuel is 1/3 of the operating costs, to operate the A380, it has to be more almost 2/3 full before it starts to make a profit. A large aircraft means higher operating costs and more fuel, a smaller aircraft full to capacity is more profitable than a large aircraft operating below full capacity.

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  7. Dear James,

    It is not always the size that matters. Both, Airbus and Boeing have a different outlook on the future requirements of the aircraft by the airlines to cater to passenger demand. But this is more than just about passengers perception of the airplane. Airbus is of the opinion that in future many travelers will opt to travel through mega hub cities by taking one stop, hence a need for a larger aircraft such as an A380 that can fly more passengers in relatively fewer frequencies. While, Boeing on the other hand asserts that instead of taking long haul journeys, passengers would prefer to travel in short-medium distances, also called as point-to-point in aviation parlance. But yes the questions remains about who will eventually be correct, because both the OEMs are catering to the same market. Both the airplanes have been designed with sophisticated engineering, with special emphasis on the human well being during the flight.

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  8. I like the part when it's coming out on the streets!

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  9. It looks lovely but is it safe? Have all the problems been solved. So far it has caught fire on ground, or nearly on ground but what happens if it catches fire in the air?

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  10. I hope it is with no battery issues....

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  11. The B788 problem is not yet solved...

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  12. Every new design has teething problems, the B777 also had its share, the A380 had cracks on the wings and an engine exploded in flight. The difference is that Boeing is getting a lot of negative publicity. I believe the 787 is a sound design and will ultimately prove its worth.

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  13. Will it have all the teething problems the first model has?

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