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Video Tip: Building the New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

February 16, 2016
The wings are being installed onto the plane with heavy machinery

The wings are being installed onto the plane with heavy machinery

To celebrate the arrival of British Airways’ first 787-9 Dreamliner, it has released a time lapse video showing the aircraft being built at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington.The behind the scenes footage shows the massive production that is involved in constructing the Dreamliner with parts flown in from all over the world on 747 Dreamlifter cargo planes.

The four-minute video goes inside the plane showing bathrooms being installed as well as galleys, overhead cabin bins and panels being fitted onto the aircraft.The video makes a nice fit to the Global Company Profile on Boeing that opens Chapter 2, Operations Strategy in a Global Environment. We think your students will enjoy it and that it can lead to interesting classroom discussions about global sourcing, assembly lines, project management, and quality.

The wings of the planes are lifted into place as are the engines and finally it is finished with a spray paint of the British Airways logo. British Airways has started flying the new stretched model (20 feet longer than the original 787) to Delhi. Routes to Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur and Austin will follow. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner seats around 250 passengers, has a flight range of 8,200 nautical miles, and uses 20% less fuel than the 747s.

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