Initially scheduled for launch in 2008, the amazing Boeing 787 Dreamliner is finally ready to be delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA). Due to some design and production problems, the project failed to meet its deadline, but Boeing offered alternative jets to fill the empty spots. The Japanese company’s senior vice president Satoru Fujiki, said: “I can’t say the delayed delivery didn’t have any impact, but ANA and Boeing worked closely to mitigate it”.
So why was the Dreamliner so much anticipated? Basically because it comes packed with revolutionary technologies that give more comfort and improved fuel efficiency. Thanks to its advanced propulsion technology and lightweight composites (especially carbon fiber), the Dreamliner uses some 20% less fuel than other jets in its category. This is good not only for the environment, but also for the airlines that will use the Dreamliner, as fuel usually ranks first or second in flight expenses.
ANA has ordered fifty-five 787 Dreamliners worth approximately $11 billion. One jet can seat 210-290 people and costs between $185.2 million and $218.1 million, depending on model configuration. The flying range is between 7,650-9,780 miles.
In terms of passenger comfort, the jet flaunts a lower cabin altitude, the largest windows in the industry, clearer air and perfectly comfortable chairs. Passengers are bound to arrive to their destination refreshed and relaxed.