Innovations in the Boeing 7-Series

From 2004 through early 2010, Katherine Sopranos served as communications specialist with the Boeing Company. In this role, Katherine Sopranos oversaw public relations for such initiatives as 7-series multimedia outreach and the 787 Dreamliner Program.

In the 1940s, the aviation industry allocated model numbers in the 700s to represent jet aircraft. Airplane manufacturer Boeing responded to this announcement by selecting “707” as the name for its next aircraft, as company executives felt this title had more marketing value. The 707 had its first flight on December 20, 1957, a date that many credit as the beginning of the Jet Age.

The 707 remained the primary passenger jet aircraft through the 1960s and into the early 1970s. The 727 launched in 1963, and its ability to land on smaller runways helped it to break production records by the early 1980s. Focused on expanding customer seating and introducing the two-person cockpit, the 737 launched in 1969.

Boeing also stands out as the developer of the Jumbo Jet, a two-story behemoth that launched in 1969 and succeeded in making commercial air travel more affordable. The next major development in Boeing’s airplane design occurred in 1994, when the 777 appeared on commercial runways as the first commercial aircraft designed entirely on computers. In 2009, Boeing again brought innovation to the aircraft design industry with the fuel-efficient 787, whose plastic fuselage and attention to passenger comfort has already led to high demand.


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.