AEROSPACE; Boeing bets 787 has right stuff

Analysts say composite materials used to make the new plane will be revolutionary. A festive rollout is planned


1982: The twin-aisle 767 enters service. Boeing's twin-engine jet is designed to carry 200 to 300 passengers. The 767 is expected to gradually be replaced by the new 787 Dreamliner.

1983: Boeing's short-to-medium-range, single-aisle 757 enters service.

1995: Boeing's twin-engine 777 jumbo enters service, filling a niche between the 767 and the 747.

1997: Boeing acquires rival McDonnell Douglas. McDonnell's 100-seat MD-95 is renamed the Boeing 717.

1998: Airlines begin taking delivery of Boeing's next-generation 737, an updated version of the popular single-aisle plane.

2003: Boeing's board approves the 7E7, which becomes the 787.

2004: The initial order for the 787 -- 50 aircraft -- is placed by Japan's All Nippon Airways.

2006: Major assembly commences on the 787.

2007: The rollout of the 787 is scheduled for Sunday, with testing to begin in August or September.

Source: Reuters



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