Yesterday morning we let you know that we'd be spending some quality time with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the current talk of the aviation world. While All Nippon Airways in Japan took delivery of its Dreamliner last year, we've been waiting to find out which US-based carrier would be the first to have its livery emblazoned across the fuselage of Boeing's current flagship aircraft. As it turns out, that carrier is United Airlines.
We hit you with the exterior shots of the United Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and now we've got a bunch of images of the inside of the first US-based 787 airplane. We've got images of the cockpit, BusinessFirst class, Economy Plus, Economy, and even the meals and lavatories. Head on over to our United 787 Dreamliner interior gallery to get a look at how the company outfitted its new aircraft. Those multi-course meals look delish, no?
Yesterday we were given the opportunity to check out the first US-based Boeing 787 Dreamliner, purchased by United Airlines. We'll be giving you our full thoughts on the aircraft, but in the meantime, we put together a bunch of images showing off the plane. This one highlights the United 787 Dreamliner exterior. Being that this aircraft just rolled out from the factory, it looks fantastic and pristine. Stay tuned for a separate gallery of the interior of the plane, as well as our thoughts on the experience.
We're gonna be spending the morning checking out United's Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, and we want to answer any questions that you have about the aircraft. United Airlines is the first US-based airline to purchase one of the new 787 Dreamliner airplanes, and we'll be getting a full tour at Paine Field, shooting pictures and videos along the way. Anything you wanna know? Be sure to leave your questions in the comments (or hit us on Twitter) and we'll be sure to get answers for you.
EDIT: And here you go:
- United Boeing 787 Dreamliner Exterior
- United Boeing 787 Dreamliner Interior
- United Boeing 787 Dreamliner hands-on tour
If you've ever been cheated out of a window seat on a flight, you'll appreciate the concept plane Airbus just revealed at an airshow in Paris. In its vision of what air travel might be like in 2050, the aircraft manufacturer showed a plane with a transparent fuselage, giving all passengers a panoramic view of what's outside.
"The idea is to have a technology for the fuselage that's a bit like bones of birds that allows to have large spaces that can turn transparent, in order to look outside and 'live' the panorama in which you are flying," Charles Champion, Airbus' head of engineering, told London's Telegraph (see video below).
Airbus didn't hold back its designers' imaginations in conceiving features for the future plane. Besides a see-through hull that would make Wonder Woman consider a copyright infringement lawsuit, the concept aircraft would also discard the traditional class system of first, business, and economy. Instead, the Airbus from the future would have three zones: a Vitalizing Zone, with "organically grown" seats that can massage you; a recreational Interaction Zone, with pop-up "pods" for things like private dinners and a holographic gaming wall; and a Smart Tech Zone, where the seats adapt perfectly to individuals' size and shape.
Buckypaper may look like regular carbon paper, but is in actual fact Florida State University’s Ben Wang’s material that is 10 times lighter but up to 500 times stronger than steel when stacked and pressed. It has the capability of conducting electricity and dispensing heat. The material is made from tube-shaped carbon molecules 50,000x thinner than a human’s hair. Applications would include energy-efficient aircraft and cars, and more powerful computers. At this point buckypaper, which came out of the discovery of the buckyball (a form of pure carbon,) is only made at half of its strength and is very expensive to produce, FSU is planning to developing it commercially in the next 12 months, according to Wang.
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