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What Dreamliners are made of

Air New Zealand is getting the next model of the plane, the 787-9, a stretched version with greater range and passenger capacity than the 787-8.

Air New Zealand is getting the next model of the plane, the 787-9, a stretched version with greater range and passenger capacity than the 787-8.

Air New Zealand will be the first airline in the world to take delivery of the new model of Boeing’s Dreamliner – dubbed the “seven late seven” after years of costly delays. Aviation reporter Grant Bradley went to the United States to check it out.

In steamy South Carolina, Boeing is cooking up a big part of the future of air travel.  In a near-new factory in Charleston, long strands of carbon fibre are impregnated with resin and then baked in a superheated autoclave or pressure cooker for eight hours to make the rear sections of 787 Dreamliner fuselages.  More . . .

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