Futuristic flying: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner gets off the ground.
If flying in a plastic plane sounds like kids stuff, think again. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is going to be the new way to fly. It’s set to be the first commercial plane that is built of carbon reinforced plastic, making it lighter, more fuel efficient and reducing the financial and environmental costs of building a new aircraft. The composite material of this revolutionary plane won’t corrode or be susceptible to metal fatigue, reports Bing Travel, and will have a higher cabin pressure for greater ‘customer comfort'. The plane won’t use ‘bleed air’ (excess compressed air from the forward end of the jet engine) but electrically pumped compressed outside air, which for the likes of you and me should mean reduced jet lag and less chance of catching a virus while on-baord.
The Dreamliner took off for its first flight on the 15th of December 2009 and has received a record number of ‘up front’ orders, but deliveries are three years overdue. Expectations are now rising however, with promises of a first delivery to All Nippon Airways in the third quarter of 2011. The Deamliner is expected to open new non-stop routes and is an exciting new airline concept for travellers to experience.