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BOEING 787-8 Dreamliner

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Name 787-8 Dreamliner
Manufacturer BOEING
Body Wide
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail Regular tail (Dihedral)
WTC Heavy
Type code L2J
Aerodrome Reference Code 4E
RFF Category 8
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

BOEING Dreamliner (Srs.8)
BOEING 787-8 Dreamliner

BOEING 787-8 Dreamliner

BOEING 787-8 Dreamliner BOEING 787-8 Dreamliner 3D


The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is a long range, mid-sized, wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner. The B788 is a member of the B787 series of aircraft.The 787 is the world's first airliner using composite materials for most of its construction (approx. 50 percent).

Technical Data

Wing span 60.1 m197.178 ft <br />
Length 56.7 m186.024 ft <br />
Height 16.9 m55.446 ft <br />
Powerplant 2 x GEnx-1B (280 kN) or
2 x R-R Trent 1000 (280 kN) turbofans.
Engine model General Electric GEnx, Rolls-Royce Trent 1000

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) 165 kts IAS 190 kts IAS 290 kts IAS 290 kts MACH 0.79 TAS 490 kts MACH 0.84 IAS 300 kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) 140 kts
Distance 3100 m ROC 2700 ft/min ROC 2000 ft/min ROC 1500 ft/min ROC 1500 ft/min MACH 0.85 ROD 2600 ft/min ROD 2800 ft/min MCS 220 kts Distance 1520 m
MTOW 228000228,000 kg <br />228 tonnes <br /> kg Ceiling FL430 ROD ft/min APC C
WTC H Range 78507,850 nm <br />14,538,200 m <br />14,538.2 km <br />47,697,506.597 ft <br /> NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving B788

  • B788, Boston MA USA, 2013 (On 7 January 2013, a battery fire on a Japan Air Lines Boeing 787-8 began almost immediately after passengers and crew had left the aircraft after its arrival at Boston on a scheduled passenger flight from Tokyo Narita. The primary structure of the aircraft was undamaged. Investigation found that an internal short circuit within a cell of the APU lithium-ion battery had led to uncontained thermal runaway in the battery leading to the release of smoke and fire. The origin of the malfunction was attributed to system design deficiency and the failure of the type certification process to detect this.)
  • B788, London Heathrow UK, 2013 (On 12 July 2013 an unoccupied and unpowered Boeing 787-8, remotely parked at London Heathrow after an arrival earlier the same day caught fire. An investigation found that the source of the fire was an uncontained thermal runaway in the lithium-metal battery within an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT). Fifteen Safety Recommendations, all but one to the FAA, were made as a result of the Investigation.)
  • B788, en-route Shikoku Island Japan, 2013 (On 16 January 2013, a main battery failure alert message accompanied by a burning smell in the flight deck was annunciated as an ANA Boeing 787-8 climbed through FL320 on a domestic flight. A diversion was immediately initiated and an emergency declared. A landing at Takamatsu was made 20 minutes later and an emergency evacuation completed. The Investigation found that the battery had been destroyed when thermal runway followed a suspected internal short circuit in one of the battery cells and concluded that certification had underestimated the potential consequences of such a single cell failure.)
  • B788, en-route, Chengde China, 2019 (On 15 August 2019, a Boeing 787 descending towards destination Beijing received ATC approval for convective weather avoidance but this was then modified with both a new track requirement and a request to descend which diminished its effectiveness. A very brief encounter with violent turbulence followed but as the seat belt signs had not been proactively switched on, the cabin was not secured and two passengers sustained serious injuries and two cabin crew sustained minor injuries. The Investigation noted that weather deviation requests could usefully be accompanied by an indication of how long they were required for.)
  • B788, en-route, central Romania, 2017 (On 10 March 2017, a Boeing 787-8 lost contact with ATC over central Romania whilst the Captain was taking his second in-seat controlled rest and flight continued through Romanian and then, in daylight and without clearance, into Hungarian airspace. After well over an hour out of contact, military fighter interception prompted the re-establishment of normal communication. It was found that whilst the Captain was asleep, both speakers had been off and the First Officer had not been wearing her headset although she claimed that normal ATC communications had occurred whilst admitting that they had not been written down as required.)
  • B788, en-route, north of Darwin NT Australia, 2015 (On 21 December 2015, a Boeing 787-8 at FL400 in the vicinity of convective weather conducive to ice crystal icing penetrated an area which included maximum intensity weather radar returns. A very short period of erratic airspeed indications followed and the FCS reverted to Secondary Mode requiring manual flying. Since this Mode remained 'latched' and could therefore only be reset on the ground, it was decided that an en route diversion was appropriate and this was accomplished without further event. Boeing subsequently modified the FCS software to reduce the chances of reversion to Secondary Mode in short-duration unreliable airspeed events.)
  • B788, en-route, southwest of Kansai Japan, 2019 (On 29 March 2019, both engines of a Boeing 787-8 on descent to Kansai malfunctioned in quick succession causing auto ignition to be triggered by sub-idle engine rpm but thereafter, sufficient thrust was available to safely complete the flight just under half an hour after the dual malfunction. The Investigation found that the cause of these malfunctions had been contamination of the fuel system with abnormally large concentrations of residue which could be reliably traced to a routinely applied biocide and which had solidified and intermittently impeded the transfer of fuel from the tanks to the engines.)
  • B788, vicinity Amritsar India, 2018 (On 19 April 2018, a Boeing 787-8 suddenly encountered a short period of severe turbulence as it climbed from FL160 towards clearance limit FL 190 during a weather avoidance manoeuvre which had taken it close to the Amritsar overhead and resulted in a level bust of 600 feet, passenger injuries and minor damage to cabin fittings. The Investigation found that the flight had departed during a period of adverse convective weather after the crew had failed to download a pre flight met briefing or obtain and review available weather updates.)