Monday, July 09, 2007

787 Rollout


Boeing's new 787 had its big rollout Sunday. It is always a thrill seeing new aerospace technology make its debut. Being "green" can be very good for business. Boeing had the option of building a super-size plane like the Airbus A-380. For a time Boeing considered building a faster airliner, the Sonic Cruiser. Finally they focused their limited R&D funds on the 787, an advanced plane which uses less fuel. They have sold over SIX HUNDRED 787's for a price of 250 million US per copy. Airlines want 787's so badly that Boeing can't keep up with the orders.

With all the troubles and delays of the A-380, Airbus will not have a competitor to the 787 until at least 2014 or sometime after the ORION spacecraft is in orbit. The 787 technology has already been applied to the new fuel-saving 747-8. Next Boeing will introduce a thrifty replacement for the 737, and make Google-sized money replacing a thousand 737's as they wear out. (That used to be a secret, and you read it here first.) The biggest competition to the 737 replacement will not come from Airbus, but from upcoming manufacturer like Canada's Bombardier and Brazil's Embraer. Having built smaller commuter aircraft, they are eager for a slice of the market.

July 20 is a special day in history and this blog has something planned in a very special place. (No, not the Moon.) A blogger learns the hard way not to announce where she is until after she has been there, or at least after getting through immigration. After all the trials, being amid history is a special thrill. This is a wonderful time to be alive.

UPDATE: Due to a continuing disagreement with engine-maker General Electric, the competing Airbus A-350 has been delayed yet again. Already the A-350 is at least 5 years behind the Boeing 787. Perhaps EADS will have better luck with the commercial spacecraft.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

History is frought with failed giant airplanes. Europe wanted something to highlight their high tech industry with the Concord being pulled from service, and so decided to build the worlds biggest airplane. At the time, the Euro governments questioned it since Boeing had no plans to followup the 747. The airbus executives assured their governments that Boeing would, in fact have a new giant airliner and that they had to have one first. So as Airbus ran merrily over the cliff due to national ego, the opportunity to grab virtually the entire market back presented itself to Boeing on a plate, and building the first full sized carbon fibre airliner was it. The deal hasn't closed yet, however, as the 787 is a radical airplane and it's taking chances technologically. One has only to consider what happened to the worlds first jet airliner, the Comet to understand what that means.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Please post naked pics! Thanks!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I don't see any clothes on the 787. What did you want?

4:37 AM  

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