A closer look at the revolutionary Boeing Dreamliner 787


By Heathrow

Published 6th June 2016

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This page was updated on 24 January 2017 to reflect changes to the carriers using this aircraft at Heathrow.

With British Airways’ new Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 featuring on ITV’s Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport series 2 – we thought we’d take a closer look at this revolutionary aircraft!

Since taking its first flight back in 2008, the Boeing 787 has fast became a game-changer in the aviation world.

What sets the Dreamliner series apart is the pioneering use of mainly composite materials which make the aircraft significantly lighter and up to 20% more fuel efficient then the aircraft it was designed to replace! They’re also 20-25% quieter than aircraft they’re replacing.

The new state of the art airliner comes in three different sizes to best accommodate different business requirements

Dreamliner variants
787-800 787-9 787-1000 (yet to be launched)
Range 13,620km 14,140km 11,910km
Length 186ft 206ft 224ft
Height 55ft 10 in 55ft 10 in 55ft 10 in
Cargo 124.5 m3 154.4 m3 192.6 m3
Passengers 242 (2 class) 290 (2 class) 330 (2 class)

Some interesting facts!

Did you know 15 carriers use Dreamliners at Heathrow? We’ve taken a look at more facts and figures behind the 787 below:

  • An empty 787 weighs 117,617 kilograms (the equivalent of about 29 elephants)

  • It flies at 0.85 mach which translates to around 650mph

  • The Dreamliner contains approximately 2.3 million parts

  • It has the largest windows of any commerical airliner, 65% bigger!

  • Originally was to be called 7E7, the “E” standing for efficiency.

  • The longest range 787 can fly 8,500 nautical miles, enough to fly from New York to Hong Kong

  • It is one of the most popular airliners in history with more than 1,000 on order.

The 787 is an increasingly popular and common aircraft at Heathrow. Below are the 18 airlines which currently operate the airliner and that number continues to grow:

  • Air Canada
  • Air India
  • American Airline
  • Aeromexico
  • Avianca
  • Azerbaijan Airlines
  • British Airways
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Royal Brunei
  • United Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Uzbekistan Airways
  • Air France*

With these airlines passengers can fly the Dreamliner to 37 cities in 16 countries. Heathrow passengers are spoiled for choice!

Just plane-mad? Learn about the Airbus A380 at Heathrow here.

*NOTE: Air France are temporarily using Dreamliners at Heathrow until the end of March 2017.


By Heathrow

Published 6th June 2016