A Dream Come True: Examining the Dreamliner 787

Katherine Sopranos served the Boeing Company as a communications specialist from 2004 through 2010. Katherine Sopranos’ responsibilities spanned supervising internal communication for all global happenings and facilitating media relations as a part of the team in charge of the 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Able to seat up to 335 passengers, Boeing’s Dreamliner 787 is not only the company’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, but also the world’s first large airliner to exhibit an airframe made up largely of composite materials.

The Dreamliner 787 took to the skies for its maiden voyage in 2009. In five years, the airliner has transported over 20 million passengers around the world. Boeing designed the Dreamliner 787 for fuel efficiency. To that end, Boeing engineers chose composite materials for the airframe due to their lighter weight and higher strength-to-weight ratio compared to material used in the construction of other aircraft.

The Dreamliner 787 was designed to feel roomy and open. Vaulted ceilings, large windows, and a capacious interior all contribute to making guests feel like they have more room. The cabin’s spaciousness extends to overhead bins, which are large enough to store full-size rolling luggage.

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner

An experienced corporate communications manager, Katherine Sopranos has served with The Northern Trust Company, the Tribune Company, and The Boeing Company. Katherine Sopranos’ accomplishments at Boeing included overseeing public relations and strategic communications for the 787 Dreamliner.

Introduced in 2004, the 787 Dreamliner was created to meet the needs of the modern aviation industry. Over the past decade, these planes have completed more than 160,000 revenue flights for over 20 million passengers. Using state-of-the-art technology, the 787 Dreamliner reduces its environmental impact by using 20 percent less fuel than similar-sized aircraft and lowers waste by manufacturing the fuselage as a single section. Additionally, the onboard health-monitoring system ensures that the plane regularly checks itself and reports any problems.

Another main component of the 787 Dreamliner’s mission is customer satisfaction. The planes, depending on the model, can carry up to 323 passengers and travel up to 7,020 nautical miles. The innovative engines from General Electric and Rolls-Royce enable the planes to travel at Mach 0.85, which equals the top speed of the fastest twin-aisle airplanes. Moreover, its interior features a higher humidity than similar aircraft, creating a more comfortable trip for passengers.