Boeing’s third 787, ZA003, has just arrived at the Farnborough air show (#FARN10), and as you’d expect, everybody is chomping at the bit to get aboard the twinjet. I had a wonderful opportunity to explore ZA003 in February during a special press event at Boeing’s Everett, Washington plant (no, I’m not rubbing it in).
#FARN10: Boeing brings enhanced IFE to 787 Dreamliner
By Mary Kirby on July 18, 2010 in Uncategorised
ZA003 is fitted with partial interiors as part of Boeing’s flight test programme. While the aircraft is not equipped with in-flight entertainment systems, Boeing is working with suppliers Panasonic Avionics and Thales (which were profoundly impacted by the 787 delay) to ensure it can offer 787 customers the latest and greatest IFE platforms for the long-awaited aircraft.
“IFE is a moving target,” says Mark Larson, gallery technical manager at the 787 Dreamliner gallery. Unfortunately, carriers that are taking early 787 deliveries have less flexibility to deviate much from their original IFE selection. Hear Larson discuss the issue here and then scroll down to see the 787 land at Farnborough.
(Photo at top courtesy of Boeing)
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