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Boeing puts 787 in the record books

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 9, 2011
Boeing says its 787 Dreamliner has set speed and distance records for its class. (Boeing)

Boeing says its 787-8 Dreamliner has set speed and distance records for its weight class during an around-the-world flight this week.

The sixth 787, GEnx powered ZA006, departed Boeing Field in Seattle at 11:02 am on December 6 and flew eastbound to Dhaka, Bangladesh, a 19,144 km flight that broke the Airbus A330’s previous distance record of 16,903km. After a two hour stop, the 787 continued eastbound to Seattle, landing at 5:49 am on December 8 and setting an around the world speed record of 42 hours and 27 minutes, though there had been no previous record for this weight class.

The flight carried a total of 13 people – six pilots, an observer for the National Aeronautic Association and other Boeing crew.

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“Speed and distance capabilities are fundamental to the value the 787 brings to the market,” Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, said. “These records are a great way to demonstrate that this airplane is the game-changer we have promised.”

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