Dreamliner finally ready for public bow

Dreamliner finally ready for public bow

The oft delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its public debut at the Farnborough International Airshow the manufacturer has confirmed.

Delays – caused by supply chain problems, strikes and software development issues – have pushed the aircraft two years behind schedule, with Boeing losing an estimated $2.5 billion as a result.

While the initial roll out took place as planned on July 8th 2007 the project has since been beset by delays.

However, the American firm is now ready to present the aircraft.

The 787 flight-test airplane, ZA003, will touch down at Farnborough on the morning of Sunday, July 18th and will remain on static display through mid-day July 20th.

The plane will be open for tours on a scheduled basis July 19th and 20th, with Boeing using the aircraft to test and certify seats, galleys and associated cabin safety and comfort systems. 

“We’ve chosen Farnborough as a venue for spotlighting the breakthrough capabilities and innovations of both our commercial airplanes and our defence, space and security businesses,” said Tom Downey, senior vice president, Boeing Communications.

“We look forward to an optimistic mood this year as industry leaders meet amid signs of economic recovery.”

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Boeing also will feature an extensive display of new, advanced unmanned systems and technologies at the show.

Daily flying demonstration will showcase the capabilities of the advanced, combat-proven, multi-role F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter, while the company and its customers will also display several other systems, including the air show debut of the 737-based Peace Eagle airborne early warning and control platform for the Turkish Air Force.

Visitors can also expected to see the C-17 Globemaster III military transport; the F-15E Eagle fighter jet; and the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter.

In addition, Qatar Airways will display its newest Boeing 777-300ER.