Boeing 787 Dreamliner Sets World Records for Speed and Distance
Boeing’s new 787-8 Dreamliner established two world records in the course of one around-the-world flight. On December 6, the aircraft left Boeing Field in Seattle on an eastbound flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh, setting the distance world record for its class (440,000-550,000 lbs.) with a flight of 10,710 nautical miles (19,835 km). The previous record holder was an Airbus A330 that flew 9,127 nautical miles (16,903 km) in 2002.
The aircraft continued on its journey after refueling and arrived in Seattle on December 8, 42 hours and 27 minutes after its departure, setting a new speed record for an eastbound around the world flight.
Other Boeing aircraft, including the KC-135, 767-200ER (extended range), 777-200, and 777-200LR (longer range) hold world records for distance in their respective classes. The 777-200 also holds the speed record for its weight class.
The crew included six pilots. An observer for the National Aeronautic Association and several Boeing employees were also on board.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) is the first airline to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline currently flies the aircraft (pictured) on two domestic routes from Tokyo (Haneda) to Okayama and Hiroshima.