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Offline RAB

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787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« on: July 03, 2007, 10:32:16 AM »
On July 8th, Boeing will roll out it's newest jet.  The 787 Dreamliner.  The most remarkable thing about this plane?  It's made mostly of plastic!

The thing is beautiful to look at, can fly 8,000 miles, offers great fuel efficiency, has 643 orders already, and is sold out until 2013.

But, it's made of plastic!   :o  Fascinating!

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(Who thinks Boeing builds the world's best airplanes!  But plastic?  Hmm.)


Offline thunter34

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2007, 10:41:33 AM »
Plastic and steel both crash the same way, so yeah....I imagine I would fly in one. 
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2007, 11:35:45 AM »
Most of the cars made today have composite materials. My Buick's finders are made of composite material. So yeah I would fly on it, providing it was free.  ;)

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2007, 11:57:46 AM »
Indeed, it's not at all like the plastic we grew up with.  Then again neither are the newer forms of polyester, though I'll still not touch 100% out of principle.
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Offline Cliff

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2007, 01:38:01 PM »
I will.  I can't wait to get on one.  Although I'm not to thrilled to get on that Airbus 380. 

Offline RapidRod

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2007, 01:44:53 PM »
Oh I would love to go on the A380 Cliff. Could you imagine if it was an all gay flight?

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2007, 01:47:55 PM »
Looks very cool. Continental has ordered 38 Dreamliners so I'm sure I will be flying on one eventually.

Offline allanq

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2007, 03:39:09 PM »
Dreamlliner, shmeamliner! The 787 may be more economical for the airlines, but they'll still squeeze as many passengers as they can into narrow seats with no legroom. And they'll still serve that abominable powdered stuff with coffee and call it cream.

And that Airbus A380 -- I read that if the plane is configured as all coach class, they can squeeze close to 800 people on board. Can you imagine the nightmare of loading and unloading that plane? If your seat is in the back, it will probably take an hour to get off the plane.

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Offline fearless

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2007, 07:20:03 PM »
Personally, I cannot wait for the 787. Yeah, it's made out of new materials. However, as the body of the plane will no longer be subject to the metal fatigue associated with flight, the planes will be much safer. This in turn allows the airline to increase the internal cabin pressure to be more equal to normal air pressure at sea level. Apparantely, this may/will alleviate many of the symptons of jet lag we now suffer. Also, the new materials allow the aircraft to have larger windows - I just love looking/dreaming out of the window when flying.

As for the A380, YUK. That thing scares me. It doesn't look very flyable, and the footage of the landing in LA recently, scared me. On top of that, you have the issue of so many people on an A380 increasing embarkation and disembarkation times. I've heard that if the whole plane is cattle class they will be able to squeeze 1,000 on board. Yes, the Mark Newsom fitout (of the Qantas planes, anyhow) looks divinie, but in cattle class on a 20 hour flight I don't think it will matter much.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2007, 07:57:27 PM »

 ;)  More plastic less rust !! :)  Plus it has an air purification system, that can only be a plus. Correct me if I am wrong, but other aircraft just circulate air don't they ?  Looks impressive 1


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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2007, 11:35:17 PM »
Yes the 787 looks much more friendly than the A380... I can make paper planes that fly pretty well too !

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Offline Pilot

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2007, 11:06:18 AM »
Interesting, but folks we have been flying in cloth planes, wood planes, composite planes, and of course the venerable beer cans that most of us have been on "aluminum"...for years. So nothing has really changed other than how many you can get on the plane.

The big question is how many cycles can it go before its considered not airworthy...and for those who are interested...one cycle is one take off and landing.

As the commercial says, " we throw away enough aluminum cans each day to rebuild the entire fleet of airliners in use today in this country.   Now when are they going to make composite soda cans ?

I would love to fly on one or fly one.


Offline Iggy

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2007, 11:28:21 AM »
Yeah yeah yeah - notice how does pictures don't really show the coach class section of the plane. 

I think to make up for all the new space in first class the coach passengers will be in the cargo hold!

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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2007, 07:24:16 PM »
If you fly on Airbus aircraft which many airlines fly, they are mainly composite too.  Flying is the safest mode of travel on the planet. 
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Re: 787 Dreamliner--would you fly in a PLASTIC jet?
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2007, 02:31:24 AM »
Can it be recycled?  Have the best day
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