Boeing’s High-Tech 787 Dreamliner Surpasses 767 Sales in One-Third the Time

An ANA Dreamliner in Seattle prior to its launch flight to Tokyo.

By Paul Riegler on 26 February 2017
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Boeing’s high-tech and somewhat notorious 787 Dreamliner aircraft surpassed the venerable Boeing 767 in total orders last week.

“The 787 Dreamliner booked order number 1,207 today – taking only 13 years to do so,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at the company’s commercial aircraft division, in his corporate blog, adding that it took the 767 almost 40 years to hit 1,204 orders including the current 767 Freighter and the KC-46A in-air refueling tanker.

Boeing currently offers three variants of the Dreamliner, the 787-8, the 787-9, and the 787-10. The plane first went into service with launch customer All Nippon Airways in 2011 and the entire fleet was temporarily grounded in 2013 after a series of problems that culminated with an emergency landing at Takamatsu Airport in Japan by an ANA Dreamliner after reports of smoke in the cabin.

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A LOT Polish Airlines Dreamliner at the gate in Warsaw.

The plane made headlines again in 2014 when Boeing had to conduct inspections of the wings on some of its undelivered 787 Dreamliner aircraft looking for hairline cracks.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, wide-body, twin-engine jet that can carry 210 to 330 passengers, depending on the model and the operating carrier’s particular configuration. It was introduced as a replacement for the 767.  The longest-range 787 variant can fly 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,700 kilometers).

The Dreamliner was the world’s first airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction, which makes it lighter and more resistant to corrosion than earlier jets.

In size and capacity, the Dreamliner is similar to the Boeing 767, but it consumes 20% less fuel.  From a visual standpoint, the aircraft’s distinguishing features include a four-panel windshield and noise-reducing chevrons on its engine cowlings.

The long-range, wide-body Boeing 767 was introduced in 1982 by launch customer United Airlines. Depending on the variant, it has seating capacity for 181 to 375 passengers and a range of 3,850 to 6,385 nautical miles (7,130 to 11,825 kilometers).

Boeing did not disclose which airlines or leasing companies placed the orders that placed the 787 ahead of the 767.

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