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Boeing's New Plane

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Boeing's New Plane

After years of delay Boeing has launched its new 787 Dreamliner.  Looks quite a plane.
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A little more on the 787:
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If I had a choice of going on a 787 or an A380 I would take the latter.
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I've not flown on an Airbus A380 yet but would like to try both.
From Artmo's second link:
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The strength of the cabin means the pressure inside can be maintained at a higher level than in conventional aircraft which counteracts the effects of travel sickness and reduces the impact of jet-lag

I thought jet-lag was more to do with time difference between destinations (more so when the destination time zone is ahead). I'm certain we had a discussion on this before but can't find it...

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I saw that. Have to say that I never suffered from jet lag when I go skiing and the air pressure is about the same Grin
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If I had a choice of going on a 787 or an A380 I would take the latter.

Why do you say that?  It's early days for both aircraft.
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The Airbus is the bigger plane seating up to 853 passengers whereas the Boeing seats up to 290.
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I flew to Melbourne on an A380 (economy) having flown normally on a Boeing.  I didn't really notice any improvement in the flight comfort personally.
Flew back from Melbourne (1st) on a 747, which was a bit more comfortable though.
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How long does it take to de-plane from the A380 James?  How many exits are used?
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Why do you say that?  It's early days for both aircraft.
The Airbus is the bigger plane seating up to 853 passengers whereas the Boeing seats up to 290.

Same as for double decker buses you can sit upstairs and see more.  Grin Grin
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Maybe the Conductor won't have time to get upstairs before it's time to get off and you get a free ride. Roll eyes
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The sticker price for the new plane is reported to be $150m.
Further reports say that the launch airline, ANA, has struck a deal at $75m.
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Ah but would I want to fly in a plane with plastic wings (Dreamliner is composite construction) rather than proper aluminium aircraft alloy?
Having said that in the book I'm writing at the moment the bad guy is applying Gallium metal to the main wing spar of a 747....
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Not sure "plastic" is right for the composite used. Carbon-fibre composite is lighter but stronger than steel, easier to work into the desired shape than aero grade alloys. Very importantly less susceptible to corrosion. It does however make aircraft wings look odd in flight as its more flexible giving them a distinct upward curve when fully loaded.
There is certainly less material waste with CF. Very few aircraft alloy panels and parts start as flat sheets. Most are milled out of solid blanks, which is not only very time consuming but is also very very expensive.
Probably one day all aircraft will be made this way.
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@Petlew, Boeing said they see all future new commercial aircraft to be made using the new CF composite.
I saw an interesting programme on CNBC yesterday and ANA were very involved in the design of this plane and tested the material rigorously. They said they see it as the future of new designs.
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CF is not the be all and end all. The original Rolls Royce RB211 aircraft  engine used carbon fibre for the fan blades. The CF blades had the unfortunate characteristic of falling apart when going through clouds.  They've since changed to titanium.
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