On Friday, the long-awaited Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner took off for the first time. The 787-10 is the latest and biggest member of the Boeing 787 family of commercial aircraft, and according to Airframer.com, incorporates composite materials from 19 companies, including Hexcel, Toray, Orbital ATK, The Gill Corporation, TenCate and Solvay.

The company estimates that since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 140 million people on 530 routes around the world, saving an estimated 13 billion pounds of fuel.

The Dreamliner is the first major commercial airplane to have a composite fuselage, composite wings, and use composites in most other airframe components. Composites are also incorporated in the plane’s window frames, fairing panels, cargo panels, interior components, and passenger door.

Each 787 contains approximately 77,000 pounds of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), made with 23 tons of carbon fiber, much of which is epoxy prepreg with honeycomb cores.

Boeing began final assembly in Charleston, S.C. in December and unveiled the plane to the public in February. According to Boeing, it will deliver the 787-10 to airlines in 2018.

To watch the flight, check out the video from Boeing’s webcast below:

  • ROHITKUMAR H. VORA, PhD

    Boeing, a Great US MNC company with great defense and civil aviation products. Boeing’s latest 787-10 Dreamliner will have to compete with the European company Airbus’s A350-900/Airbus A350 XWB products. However, 787-10 Dreamliner would receive a special attention and orders from the fuel efficiency and long haul range travel economy seeking commercial civil air transportation companies throughout the world.

    As an accomplished career polymer R&D scientist having worked on research, inventing and designing, and synthesizing compositions of novel advanced high-performance high temperature stable and applied industrial/engineering polymers, and nanomaterials based product under the research, technology development and industrialization (RTDI) Programs, I am extremely happy to note that the Boeing has effectively brought the advanced high-performance high temperature stable polymers and graphite/carbon/glass reinforced Composite Technology( it used as a Defense Contractor for producing the US Military Products) into its Civil Aviation Products like latest 787-10 Dreamliner plane.

    787-10 Dreamliner plane is assembled at the North Carolina facility by the Boeing which contains a
    large number of major parts and main-frame structures (small and large), avionic components, etc. produced by its external contractors located around the world. It is therefore, prudent and judicious decision Boeing must have made to avoid out-sourcing manufacturing of any parts and main-frame, etc. structures of 787-10 Dreamliner and future (Next generation) products to communist China. Boeing
    may not be not expecting a major share of communist china’s civil aviation market because this country already have ongoing active program to design and manufacture and sell various Defense, Aerospace, locomotive, Automotive, Marine, Aviation products based on the stolen technology (by means of clandestine operations and spying within the USA and its allies in the Europe and Asia-Pacific region) and reversed engineering of various US Defense, Automotive, Marine, Aviation Hardware and Electronics technologies.