B787 Introduction

At 10:30 a.m. Beijing time, June 2, 2013, a beautiful plane bearing the characters “Wings of a Dream” quietly and gracefully landed at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. This was the first B787 Dreamliner introduced by China Southern Airlines as well as the Civil Aviation Administration of China. With its fuselage covered with beautiful patterns themed on “Wings of Dream”, the B787 embodies the human dream of flying as well as the concepts of innovative technology and comfortable flights.

The B787 Dreamliner, the latest ultra-efficient aircraft developed by Boeing, integrates art, technology, environmental protection and high-quality. The cabin environment is elegant and friendly, bringing a great and comfortable experience for passengers. It is energy-saving and ultra-efficient, coinciding with the concept of modern green flight.

The fuselage of China’s first B787 aircraft is 56.72 meters long and 16.92 meters high, with a maximum wingspan of 60.12 meters. Its maximum takeoff weight is 227.9 tons, and the aircraft provides a flying range of 7650-8200 nautical miles (14,200-15,200 kilometers). Its GEnx-1B engine is newly launched by GE. This new engine is the key to the aircraft’s overall fuel efficiency. All ten B787 aircrafts ordered by China Southern Airlines are equipped with this type of engine.

Thanks to the new type engine, advanced composite materials, efficient systems and the latest in maneuverability, the B787 is much lighter than similar aircrafts and can save fuel by about 20 percent. For the first time, the B787 has adopted composite materials in its main structure, including wings and fuselage. The proportion of composite materials is as high as 50 percent, greatly improving the overall performance. By reducing fuel consumption, the B787 greatly reduces carbon dioxide emissions, and its total exhaust emissions have been reduced by 20 percent. B787’s engine casing is specially treated so that its noise level is more than 60% lower than that of similar aircrafts, which is in line with the global environmental requirements.