Boeing Dreamliner to swoop in on Dublin Airport tonight

25 Jan 2012

Boeing Dreamliner takes to the skies

Boeing will be landing its Dreamliner aircraft, which features smart technologies, at Dublin Airport today at 9pm. The plane will leave Ireland again on Friday. The Boeing visit is coinciding with the European Airfinance Conference that’s being held in Dublin this week.

According to the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), the Dreamliner will be parked in an outside hangar, but there will be no public access to the plane. The DAA said that Boeing is bringing the Dreamliner to Ireland to showcase it to potential airline customers and leasing companies.

The Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, has been retrofitted with special interior features to highlight the innovations Boeing has put into the cabin features and performance capabilities of the Dreamliner.

Featuring smart technologies, Boeing is aspiring to make the Dreamliner a game-changer in the airline industry. Some of its key aims with the aircraft are to give passengers a more sensory and soothing experience. Not surprisingly, cutting CO2 emissions is another aim, with Boeing aiming for higher levels of fuel economy and embracing new technologies, such as more electric systems and advanced aerodynamics.

In its roadmap ‘Flightpath 2050’  the European Commission has set a targets of reducing aircraft CO2 emissions by 75pc.

Futuristic aspects of the Boeing Dreamliner include a business-class cabin with 12 lay-flat seats

Some of the futuristic features of the Dreamliner include spacious signature 787 entryway sky light and gathering area, LED lighting, a business-class cabin 12 lay-flat seats, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.

The Dreamliner took to the skies for its first commercial flight on 26 October, three years off its original 2008 target. The All Nippon Airlines (ANA) flight took passengers from Tokyo to Hong Kong for the first flight. Boeing had endured a number of setbacks that forced it to reschedule its launch date.

Boeing is up against giants such as EADS, which is aiming to have a hypersonic jet in the skies by 2050 running on clean fuels.

Aerospace group EADS, which owns brands such as Airbus, Eurocopter and Astrium, presented its concept study for the hypersonic jet at The Paris Air Show in June 2011.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic