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Dreamliner demonstrates long reach with 7,679-mile flight from Seattle to Bangkok

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 9, 2012 at 11:01 am with No Comments »
February 9, 2012 11:01 am

Continuing with its year-long publicity and familiarization tour, Boeing’s sixth test 787 Dreamliner today landed in Bangkok after a 7,679-mile non-stop flight from Seattle.

Bangkok is the latest stop on a tour that has already has taken the plane to China, the Mideast, Africa, Ireland and several destinations in the U.S.

The composite-bodied aircraft is some 20 percent more fuel efficient than its metal-bodied predecessors in the twin-engine, mid-sized airline fleet allowing it to fly non-stop between more distant cities.

The aircraft Saturday is scheduled to fly from Bangkok to Singapore for that city’s annual air show where it will be on display.

The so-called Dream Tour is designed to give airline customers a peek at Boeing’s newest airliner and give their local crews a chance to familiarize themselves briefly with the plane before it is delivered.

Thai Airways will fly eight 787 Dreamliners leased from International Lease Finance Corp.

Boeing has more than 800 Dreamliners on order, but Boeing is more than three years behind its original schedule for fulfilling those orders.

The flight from Seattle to Bangkok, despite its distance, wasn’t a record for the Dreamliner, which last December flew around the world with just one stop for refueling in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The flight from Seattle to Dhaka eastbound was 12,325 miles.

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