Designed to offer airlines enhanced fuel efficiency and long-haul capability in a mid-sized jetliner, in 2011, Boeing made the first commercial delivery of its 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing’s new 787 was designed to offer ‘super efficient’ fuel consumption. Innovations in airframe and engine design were critical to achieving an efficiency said to be 20% better than that of rival planes.
Airbus is Boeing’s only significant competitor in jetliner production. The two companies have differing views of the future of air travel. Airbus considers that spoke-and-hub routing will continue to expand; Boeing that the point-to-point model will become increasingly important. As a result, Airbus has focused on high-capacity long-range planes: the A380 product line. Boeing, however, has designed the 787 with a lower capacity but similar range, optimized for long-haul point-to-point flights.
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