Boeing 787 Dreamliner

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

We could soon quit feeling so claustrophobic on an airplane. For the first time in ten years, Boeing is rolling out a completely new plane and passenger comfort is one of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's biggest amenities.

"The ceilings have been raised the lighting in the ceilings improved and the humidity has bee increased which provides better passenger comfort especially for those long hauls," says Steve Shrider of Woodward Governor.

The windows are also repositioned with dimmer switches. There's more room to store your luggage and we could even go to the bathroom without bumping our elbows. Plus, the Dreamliner runs on 20-percent less fuel.

"Hopefully it will trickle down in terms of reduced ticket fares and broader competition for the carriers that choose to buy the plane," he says.

Woodward Governor is building the fuel system component of the plane's engine for general electric. They're in the engine certification process now...And will start production by the end of the summer.

Hamilton Sunstrand is also contributing to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
They provide nine systems, including the Environmental Control System, Nitrogen Generation System, Auxiliary Power System and Fire Detection and Suppression System. These parts help make up a completely composite or "plastic" aircraft, which experts say is lighter and much more efficient than older planes, which are made of metal.

Woodward Governor has been working on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner since the fall of 04'. Managers say the work has been grueling since this is the first time they've put together this sort of fuel system. Which they're working with all new technologies.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner officially rolls out July 8th, however it won't start taking commercial passengers until May of next year.


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