The first 787 was unveiled in a roll-out ceremony on July 8, 2007 at Boeing’s Everett factory. It was called a ‘Dreamliner’ and expected to fulfill the shortcomings of the previous versions.
Dreamliner was the first airliner with the use of composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe. The 787 was designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767, which it intended to replace.
The production had multiple delays before it could supply the first delivery to All Nippon Airways in October 2011. The reasons for the delays were so many including supply chain, machinist’s strike, overweight of the aircraft, design issues, gaps in the horizontal stabilizer. The major application of Trent 1000 engine of Rolls Royce also has a serious blow out which was a major setback.
All these calamities had increased the cost of production of the 787s to an unimaginable level. As it is now it has to produce at least 1400 units before making the real profit. It’s a hot target.
But at the end of it Boeing’s Dreamliner has exceeded the expectations of its customers. It had already delivered 565 aircrafts. It will end up being more transformational than Boeing’s most optimistic projections.