Boeing (Everett, WA) has delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA). The 787 Dreamliner is an all-new airplane featuring a host of technologies that benefit both airlines and passengers. It is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes, enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes.
Composite materials, more-electric systems, advanced aerodynamics, and modern engines combine to make the 787 more fuel-efficient. The airliner also features cleaner cabin air, higher humidity, and lower cabin altitude. Other innovations include larger windows with electrochromic shades, bigger onboard luggage bins, and LED lighting.
Composite materials make up 50 percent of the primary structure of the 787, including the fuselage and wing. Airplane health-monitoring systems allow the airplane to self-monitor and report systems maintenance requirements to ground-based computer systems.
New engines from General Electric and Rolls-Royce are used on the 787. Advances in engine technology are the biggest contributor to overall fuel efficiency improvements. The design and build process of the 787 included new technologies and processes that helped achieve fuel efficiency gains. For example, manufacturing a one-piece fuselage section eliminated 1,500 aluminum sheets and 40,000 to 50,000 fasteners.