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European group names Boeing Dreamliner innovation prizewinner

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on May 10, 2012 at 9:25 am with No Comments »
May 10, 2012 9:25 am

The European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation has named Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner the recipient of its grand prize for innovation.

The award was presented to Yves Galland, president of Boeing France in ceremonies in Paris.

“We are very proud to receiv this prestigious award which recognizes the 787’s amazing technological breakthrough,” said Galland. “We share this prize with the eight French companies providing critical products and systems onboard the Dreamliner as the entire international team and our customers around the world.”

Made mostly from composite materials, the 787 is a twin-engine, long-range, wide-bodied jetliner. The plane is assembled in Boeing’s Everett and Charleston, S.C. plants.

The plane is the first large airliner whose fuselage and wings are not made of metal. The plane is some 20 percent less expensive to operate than older-generation wide-bodied aircraft.

Boeing began delivering the first production Dreamliners last fall, some three years behind schedule.

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