On Sunday Boeing premiered its newest commercial jet in thirteen years, the 787 Dreamliner. It’s “the world’s first mostly composite commercial airplane, will use 20 percent less fuel per passenger than similarly sized airplanes, produce fewer carbon emissions, and will have quieter takeoffs and landings.” Yet what really stands out is the interior design, a collaboration between Boeing and veteran design firm Teague.
It begins with a far more spacious cabin, accentuated by arched entrances, vaulted ceilings and longer, larger windows, that offer visible exterior views regardless of seating. The 19 x 10.3 inch windows are electromagnetic, dimming at the touch of a button without the need for shades. Well positioned LED lighting can simulate an entire day with variable brightness and color, easing the transition of crossing time-zones. Combined with “new humidification techniques, improved air and water purification and higher cabin pressure” the burden of flying has seemingly improved considerably.
You may find yourself on a Dreamliner starting May 2008. Until then step on board the 787 for a walkthrough via the 787 Dreamliner microsite.
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