Feb. 07, 2012 - Huntsville, Ala. - Boeing brought its 787 Dreamliner to Huntsville International Airport (HSV) this past weekend as part of Boeing’s 2nd segment of the Dream Tour. The third 787 flight test airplane, ZA003, touched down to cheers from Boeing Huntsville Design Center engineers and then taxied to an air cargo ramp adjacent to Panalpina’s flight operations, to set up for Boeing employee tours.
“We are excited to welcome the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Huntsville International Airport. With Boeing Huntsville located here our Jetplex Industrial Park, it has been a wonderful opportunity to utilize the Airport’s infrastructure to have the 787 Dreamliner land here -giving Boeing employees a chance to see the airplane’s significant innovations up close,” stated Rick Tucker, executive director, Huntsville International Airport.
Huntsville International Airport is able to accommodate the 787 Dreamliner aircraft on its 10,000-foot runway and 12,600-foot runway – the second-longest in the Southeast- as well as all associated taxiways. HSV has also accommodated numerous types of large-body aircraft, including the Antonov AN-124, the Boeing 747-8, and two Boeing 747-LCF (Dreamlifters).
While the 787 Dreamliner was at HSV, two Boeing 747-800s were parked along side the Dream Tour plane on the air cargo ramp providing a unique opportunity to see the two types of aircraft together. (photo)
The Boeing Huntsville facility is a 690,000-square-foot, four building, and $ 150 million complex location on a portion of a 546-acre site in the Jetplex Industrial Park located between runways at Huntsville International Airport.
The Port of Huntsville
The Port of Huntsville, located in Huntsville, Ala., has three main operating entities, Huntsville International Airport, International Intermodal Center, and Jetplex Industrial Park. Currently, Huntsville International Airport is in the final phase of a five-year, $92 million capital improvement project. The Port of Huntsville is committed to serving the Tennessee Valley region, providing quality multi-modal transportation services to a diverse regional customer base and to stimulate the economic growth and development of the region.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA003, next to two Boeing 747 freight planes, at Huntsville International Airport on Monday, January 30, 2012. Atlas Air provides service for Panalpina, Inc. at their North American air cargo hub, located at HSV. (Photo ©Huntsville International Airport)