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New airplane alert!
163 Boeing 787 Dreamliners are flying the skies right now, a number current as of this week. That includes 162 787-8s and 1 lonely 787-9 for Air New Zealand, which only headed from Boeing's headquarters in Everett, WA to its new home of Auckland, New Zealand at dawn this morning.
That 787-9 won't be lonely for long, however; over 25 airlines have placed orders for more than 400 of the sleek and efficient jets. So why are we getting excited for yet another Dreamliner? The answer is shockingly simple: it's awesomer. Sure, the original flavor 787-8 is great and Boeing will continue to roll them out, but the 787-9 is, as Daft Punk would sing, "harder, better, faster, stronger."
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Some 787s hanging out Paine Field
If you’re looking to fill your quota of aviation avgeekiness, but can’t swing the cost of round-the-world airfare anytime soon—we’ve got you covered. Paine Field Aviation Day is just around the corner, and plenty of airplanes will be on display for your viewing pleasure on Saturday, May 18 between 9am and 5pm.
The fun all takes place in Everett, Washington, which sits just outside of Seattle. It's better known as the home to Boeing and their primary final assembly lines, but Aviation Day is meant for aircraft both old and new to show off and take to the skies. Tickets for adults will set you back $10, but the little ones—under 17—can tag along for free.
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New airplane alert! On Saturday, September 1, LAN Airlines picked up its very first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, becoming the first in the Americas to operate the aircraft. From the factory to the runway at Boeing's Paine Field in Everett, WA, we were there to kick the tires, put the seats back and get a feel for her. Stay tuned the next couple days for more Dreamliner dispatches.
It's been nearly one year since the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flew off into the blue skies above Boeing's factory on its way into commercial service. And, in that year, not one airline in the Americas has gotten their hands on the American-made aircraft. Until now. Until Chile's
Why's it such a big deal anyway? Oh, well, aside from years of hard work and billions of dollars behind it, the 787 has some nifty features passengers will notice right away. For one, there's ginormous auto-dimming windows made possible by the plane's construction of composite materials. Another: the 30% increase in overhead bag storage space. Yet more: less engine noise, less CO2 emissions, the addition of humidity to that horribly dry cabin air, and the ability to pressurize the cabin at a lower altitude to cut down on headaches and fatigue. Enoughlet's go inside already!
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You know what happens when you buy a brand new airplane from Boeing? It's not as simple as signing a contract, doing a massive money transfer and picking up the plane out back. Nopea new aircraft delivery involves ceremony, months and months of planning for a single flight to start the plane into service, and yeseven a little key.
Tomorrow, LAN Airlines becomes the fourth carrier to receive a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and first in the Americas. It's a pretty big deal and, as the United States will be seeing routes down to Chile on her before 2012 is over, we've hightailed it out to Everett, WA to check out what LAN has in store for their fresh bird.
Here's how to follow along for all our hot and bothered LAN 787 Delivery excitement:
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As you probably well know by now, we spent several days this week up at Boeing HQ in Everett, WA, peeking around the 787 Dreamliner factory and the actual thing out on the tarmac. We've showed you everything from the slick exterior and interior to the "airplane supermarket," and of course the ginormous factory line.
We captured more than photos, however; there's video too, including the Dreamliner's First Delivery Flight as she takes off for her home with ANA in Tokyo. Here's a few quick videos from our days at the Boeing 787 First Delivery event:
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It is the domain of the chosen: The Boeing 787 Dreamliner factory floor in Everett, WA. The many, many workers underneath this roof are among the brightest and most dedicated, their desks spotless and the building quiet on a Sunday. As one of the small number of people who are invited to visit all the way down to the factory floor, we were honored to get right up close to tomorrow's crop of Dreamliner, still either being put together from pieces at one end, to being shined up on the other.
So maybe you don't have $200 million to buy a Dreamliner, but do you have $75? For that, you can buy the #avgeekiest thing we've ever seen: a wired keyboard applied with a 787 Dreamliner skin.
This truly unique item we spotted in the Boeing Store at the Future of Flight Museum, so yes you can easily purchase it without any security clearances. We picked it up and had a nice little chuckle.
So why do we say it's super geeky? Well, so many reasons. Chances are it'll be used with a PC, anybody who buys it has a serious obsession with the 787 and...who buys wired keyboards anymore? Wireless or nothing, baby! Still, we wouldn't be surprised if it showed up under a few Christmas trees this year.
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So, you wan to buy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner? Our first question is: do you have between $190 million and $220 million dollars? Our second question: do you have somewhere to park it?
If you've answered to both questions above, then it's high time you paid a visit to Boeing's Dreamliner Gallery, a 787 shopping mall of sorts, where airline customers come to pick out all the goodies they want insidefrom seats to bun warmers. It's a nice building all its own, and pretty much a playground for anyone who enjoys airplanes.
There's an entire room just for economy, business class and first class seat options, and a wall of TVs for in-flight entertainment choice. Lavatories galore, crew galleys empty of their ovens, and a another wall just for showcasing the variety of ovens and coffee makers that may be installed.
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The celebration is still going strong today in Everett, WA as Boeing and ANA welcome the first finished and delivered 787 Dreamliner to the skies. We mean literally, as today focused on seeing off the fresh bird as she took flight towards her new home in Tokyo.
It's been a long and different road for all parties involved in the 787, and it's crazy to step inside and walk the aisles, sit in the seats, poke the seatback TV screens, and think all the sweat that went into this moment.
We won't bother with the colorful adjectives as the photos speak for themselves. And now, the interior of ANA's Boeing 787 Dreamliner:
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Hello and welcome to our Liveblog! Your intrepid Jaunted Editor is reporting in real-time from Boeing's Factory in Everett, Washington as the airplane maker sheds a tear and hands over the very first of their brand new 787 Dreamliners to Japanese airline All Nippon.
Today's events focus around the first flyaway of the plane to Tokyo, and we're live with this constantly updating feed until around 5am-7am PST/8am-10am EST. All photos are original and taken on the scene.
Now, for the fun...
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Today is First Delivery Day in Everett, WA. It's almost like a mini holiday, considering how many people, how many years, how many innovations make up the history of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Now that the "key" has officially been handed over, with pomp and circumstance, to ANA's President and CEO Shinichiro Ito, it's time to delve into the guts of this fresh bird.
All this week we'll be taking you inside the places Boeing took us inside, even including the 787 factory floor. To begin the series, we can think of nothing more appetite-whetting than drooling over the exterior of ANA's 787, tail number JA802A, parked out back behind the Boeing factory in a line of shiny, freshly finished planes:
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It feels like we’ve been following this for way too long—and we probably have been due to the numerous delays—but we’re finally just about there. Over the weekend the very first Boeing 787 Dreamliner officially rolled off the assembly line and out of the hangar in advance of a delivery to the eager pilots, officials, and crew over at All Nippon Airways.
Federal certification of the new airplane is still on track, but the weekend’s rollout sounds like Boeing has pretty much confirmed that every bit, piece, screw, and bolt is exactly where it should be. The second plane is getting pretty close to being delivered as well, as Boeing officials are thinking that second 787 will be delivered “shortly” after the first.