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How the composite construction of the 787 Dreamliner is transforming air travel

By QZ
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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is designed to make flying more efficient for airlines and more enjoyable for travelers. But how?

Simply put, Boeing chose the right stuff. A majority of the 787’s primary structure is made of composite materials, most notably the fuselage.

Unlike traditional airplane materials, composite materials allow a lighter, simpler and stronger structure, which increases efficiency and reduces fuel consumption. They also do not fatigue or corrode, resulting in reduced scheduled maintenance and more flying time.

But what passengers really appreciate is the airplane’s more comfortable cabin, pressurized at an altitude of 6,000 feet where common air travel symptoms like headaches, fatigue, eye irritation and muscle aches are significantly reduced. The non-corroding material also allows higher humidity levels for increased comfort, and structural strength permits larger windows for more light and a view from every seat.

All of this adds up to a new level of passenger comfort and satisfaction, a material advantage for the 787 Dreamliner.

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