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787 Dreamliner sets speed and distance records for its weight class; 20% more fuel efficient

Boeing has established two world records with the 787 Dreamliner, setting new marks for both speed and distance for the airplane’s weight class. The airplane is 20% more fuel efficient than similarly sized airplanes.

Boeing says the 787-8 Dreamliner is the first airplane to provide both long distance capabilities with mid-size capacity (210-250 passengers in a three-class seating), allowing airlines to open new, non-stop routes.

The sixth 787, ZA006, powered by General Electric GEnx engines, departed from Boeing Field in Seattle at 11:02 a.m. on 6 Dec. and set the distance record for its class (440,000-550,000 lbs) with a 10,710 nmi (19,835 km) flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh, with credit for 10,337 nmi (19,144 km). This record had previously been held by the Airbus A330 based on a 9,127 nmi (16,903 km) flight in 2002.

Following an approximately two-hour stop for refueling in Dhaka, the airplane returned to Seattle on a 9,734 nmi (18,027 km) flight. The airplane landed at 5:29 a.m. on Dec. 8, setting a new record for speed around the world (eastbound) with a total trip time of 42 hours and 27 minutes. There was no previous around-the-world speed record for this weight class.

The 787 carried six pilots, an observer for the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), and operations and other Boeing employees—13 people in total. Flight routing on the first segment of the journey took the airplane from Seattle across the US to Nantucket. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the airplane entered European air space at Santiago, Spain, and proceeded down the Mediterranean, across Egypt to Luxor, across the Middle East and over India to Bangladesh. On the second segment, the Dreamliner flew over Singapore, the Philippines and Guam before entering US airspace over Honolulu and returning to Seattle.

Boeing holds world records for longest distance flights in five weight classes with records set by the KC-135, 767-200ER (extended range), 777-200 and 777-200LR (longer range). The 777-200 also holds the speed record for its weight class.

Comments

HarveyD

The 20% reduction in fuel consumption will more than welcomed by users, specially when Oil is above $100/barrel. The extra long range will be an added bonus.

D

Once again progress is forward going and beneficial.

The Eco-wackos actually believe, or for fundraising reason have to say things are going to hell, and the World is worse off than ever, when the Truth is quite different...

Treehugger

when they say they are 20% more efficient what is their basis for comparison, they say compared with "similarly sized aircraft" that is vague because in this size of aircraft there is old and new type of models flying and the consumption are quite differente. I guess they take the average of the existing aircraft flying now, which means the gain is probably not 20% when you compare to recent aircraft model from Airbus for example

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