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Seven Hundred and Eighty-Seven

July 8th, 2007

787 Boeing is going to have a launch event for their new 787 Dreamliner today. I remember when Airbus launched their A380 back in 2005 they used marketing like phrases like “this airplane is culmination of all human thinking up to that point in history”. Or something like that. Obviously it didn’t go so well for Airbus as their advanced thinking has led to 2 years in delivery delays for the aircraft. Nonetheless, the engineer side of me is excited by these new aircraft as it represents a lot of advanced thinking and design. As someone who spends a lot of time on planes, I’m excited by Boeing’s promise of a better passenger experience in the 787 including better ride quality and lower pressurization altitudes. I hope the airlines don’t just cram us in like cattle (who am I kidding, that’s exactly what will happen).

Boeing has a pretty propaganda heavy web site setup for the 787 launch. I kind of liked the production qualities of their videos as well as the sheer enthusiasm you can see from the Boeing employees they interviewed. Follow the link below and then pick “Revolutionizing Flight” at the bottom to see the 5 episodes on the 787. Good luck to Boeing as they get closer to seeing a 787 in the air!

Link: 787 Dreamliner Premiere via Boeing

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