Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Inside The New Aircraft [PHOTOS]

on March 15 2012 2:33 PM
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    The Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane is seen in Long Beach REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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    On Sunday, United Airlines became to first North American carrier to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a commercial route. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
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    California Governor Jerry Brown sits in the cockpit of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane in Long Beach REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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    People view the Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane in Long Beach REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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    People view the Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane in Long Beach, Calif. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner wooed its audience on Wednesday when it landed at the Boeing Manufacturing Plant in Long Beach, Calif.

Boeing employees, aerospace executives and state and local politicians all got a firsthand look at the popular aircraft, which can carry up to 250 passengers.

Although US carriers have yet to receive the aircraft, which costs between $185 million and $218 million to build -- depending on the version -- airlines have been eager to get their hands on the plane, mainly because of its technologically advanced specs.

The Dreamliner boasts new fuel-efficient engines and a lighter-weight body that is made up mostly of composite materials -- carbon fibers meshed together with epoxy -- as opposed to sheets of aluminum which are traditionally used on airplanes.

The end result is a plane that burns 20 percent less fuel than jetliners of a similar size, according to Boeing.

As major parts for the plane are pre-assembled in different locations around the globe, they are then shipped to Everett, WA, where they are snapped together. The latter part of the process takes around three days -- a far cry from the month it takes workers to assemble and wire planes the traditional way.

So far, Boeing has taken 870 orders for the Dreamliner, making it one of the biggest-selling planes ever built.

The aircraft manufacturer has been pushing overseas sales in order to help sustain the production line, according to the Los Angeles Times. But because of air-carriers only ordering about five planes at a time, they have not been able to keep up with demands.

The plane, made largely of plastic and carbon, has also been experiencing turbulence in the production process because of completed aircrafts experiencing malfunctions on the exterior of the plane.

Dreamliners are running three years behind schedule due to the composite skin that is pulling near the tail of the aircraft -- a problem which can cause up to two weeks to fix, CNN reports.

Our engineers work very hard at getting it right . . . and that's why we're possibly behind on the airplane. We want to get it right before we put it out to the public and available for everyone to fly, Boeing Test Pilot Capt. Ed Wilson told CNN in a recent interview.

But while it was available at Boeing's plant on Wednesday, some 6,000 workers employed by the company in Long Beach made their way out to see the new Dreamliner -- the third one ever made by the manufacturer.

Click through for photos of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the newest aircrafts in the world.

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