Boeing and British suppliers welcome 787 Dream Tour to the United Kingdom
April 23, 2012 - Boeing today joined with customers, suppliers and partners from the United Kingdom to welcome the 787 Dream Tour to London’s Heathrow Airport. The Dream Tour, which will also call on Manchester and Gatwick Airports before returning to Heathrow, is designed to demonstrate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s revolutionary design, performance and passenger comfort levels to customers, partners and airport operators around the world. The aircraft’s arrival at Heathrow marks the beginning of the sixth leg of the Dream Tour.
“Boeing is delighted to be able to meet with our UK customers, suppliers and partners and to welcome them on board the 787 Dreamliner,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our partnership with the aviation and aerospace sectors in the United Kingdom stretches back over 70 years and the 787 Dreamliner is the latest world-leading airplane that Boeing has produced with their support. As we continue to manufacture and deliver the 787 Dreamliner our customers and their passengers alongside the UK aerospace sector will all see increased benefits from the program.”
The aircraft uses 20 percent less fuel and has a noise footprint 60 percent smaller than today’s similarly-sized airplanes. Fifty-nine customers from six continents of the world have placed orders for over 850 airplanes valued at over $178 billion, making it the most successful twin-aisle launch of a new commercial airplane in Boeing’s history.
Taking part in the event alongside three UK airline customers – Thomson Airways, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways– were 13 UK suppliers and partners:
AIM AVIATION (JECCO) LTD
AMRC, University of Sheffield
Eaton Aerospace Ltd.
Goodrich Actuation Systems Ltd.
SIRS Navigation Ltd
Ultra Electronics Limited
The Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, is outfitted with the 787’s special cabin features including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.
Boeing employs more than 1,200 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth. Boeing’s long-standing relationship with British industry, the Armed Forces and the air transport industry dates back more than 70 years. Today the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners. Boeing’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry averages $1billion per year and supports tens of thousands of jobs, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property.
More information on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is available at http://www.boeing.com/commercial/787family/index.html and information on the Dream Tour is available at www.newairplane.com/787/dreamtour.
Specific information about Boeing in the UK is available at www.boeing.co.uk