Boeing’s next generation aircraft is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This aircraft was designed to be Boeing’s new short to medium range aircraft. This NextGen aircraft is designed to bring large jets to the short-medium range market. The Boeing 787 raises the bar when it comes to fuel efficiency and speed. This aircraft can fly faster than other aircraft its size while flying with more passengers on board and using less fuel. The Boeing 787 dominates the Boeing 757 and other aircraft in its category for safety, fuel efficiency, and speed.
The 787s flight deck features new technologies while retaining similar features from the 777. The new features have been combined with the older flight decks which allow the aircraft to be more operational and have cost-saving commonality. The new flight deck features much larger display screens. These display screens can show more information about the aircraft systems, allowing the pilots to be more aware of the conditions and situations outside of the cockpit. The 787 also features new dual heads-up displays and dual electronic flight bags. These two features will greatly increase safety in the air. With the new heads-up displays, pilots will have the ability to focus solely outside the aircraft during emergencies while easily checking airspeeds, attitudes, and heading without having to look at the control panel and losing orientation.
Boeing will be releasing the 787 Dreamliner with two choices of engines, the Rolls-Royse, or the GE engines. After the aircraft pass inspection in regular conditions, they will go on for further testing. The further testing includes noise testing, extreme weather operations, function and reliability, and extended operations. They will be comparing the new GEnx engines with the Rolls-Royse engines to test if and verify that the 787 will handle the same regardless of the engine type and that the systems will work on both models.
When released, the 787 will fit 210 to 250 passengers with a range of 8200 NM at a cruise speed of Mach 0.85. The first release of the Boeing 787 will feature General Electrics’ GEnx engines. The GEnx is a lightweight engine that contains 30% less parts than its predecessors which will reduce maintenance costs. The combination of fewer parts and new composite materials reduces the weight of the engine, allowing for the aircraft to be more efficient while increasing its speed. These engines will deliver 15% more fuel efficiency than similar sized engines. These engines will also reduce pollution by almost 95% under current regulations and lower the amount of noise pollution.
The Boeing 787 is approximately 65% completed with flight testing with the Rolls-Royse Engines. There are hopes that the aircraft could be ready for distribution by the end of 2011. When it is released, the 787 will be the most efficient airplane with new passenger-pleasing features and will bring the economics of large jet transports to the middle of the market. The new engines combined with the airframe will use 20 percent less fuel than any other aircraft its size.