Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ZA003 In Sydney

By Grahame Hutchison on Monday, 28th May 2012

I thought I would wrap up the Dreamliner visit to Sydney with some images from my visit yesterday. A big thank you to Australian Aviation Magazine and
Boeing for the opportunity to inspect the aircraft, and to Owen Zupp for hosting the tour. After visiting ZA001 back in November, where the interior was
unlined and filled with computers and water tanks, it was great to see what the Dreamliner will look like in commercial operation.

The fixed flush windows and the contoured curve of the nose greatly reduce noise levels in the cockpit. Wipers park in behind the centre window post.

The Business Class cabin with one of eight standard seating options. Some airlines will choose to install their own seating styles.

The pilot crew rest area located above the Business Class cabin. There are two bunks and a seat behind the camera on the left, half way between the cabin floor and the bunks.

The cockpit has dual HUD and Flight Bags, electronic checklists, and a very clean layout. There is a lot of commonality with the B777, which has a common type rating, and conversion from the B777 only takes 5 days.

The main entry and greeting area on this demonstration aircraft with flat screen TV and a sculptured ceiling (see later images)

One seating style in the Economy Cabin.

A second seating style in rear Economy Cabin.

The rear galley is quite large with the rear exit door on the right.

The Cabin Crew rest located above the rear Economy Cabin. Three bunks towards the back of the aircraft, one on each side and one across the back, and three towards the front (see next image).


One of the port mid doors.

The forward Economy Cabin from behind, and the overhead lockers are very generous.

The crew demonstrated the "Disco" lighting, with the full range of colours flashing right along the aircraft.



The electrochromic window dimming takes about 90 seconds to change fully. They had to reverse the original concept of the design so that the window was fully clear when all power was lost (sounds easier than is probably was).

Standard IFE in the Economy Cabin with what looked like a USB port on the right.

The Trent 1000 is just an amazing engine - you could walk inside it. Laminar flow nacelles with chevrons at the rear, reduce aircraft noise, and fuel consumption is 20% lower. Long range cruise speed is Mach 0.85 and GEnx engines are also available.

The Boeing house livery against a blue sky, made to go together.

The brakes are electric, not hydraulic.

The Dreamliner has very clean lines, and all the control surfaces are beautifully fitted to reduce drag.

The wing is a masterpiece in itself, a high aspect design with with raked wing tips, laminar flow nacelles and a variable camber trailing edge, all reducing drag and lowering fuel consumption. The wing tips flex six metres.

The Dreamliner really lives up to the dream up close.

Good conditions (apart from the cold wind), and plenty of people out to catch the Boeing Dreamliner ZA003 departing for Brisbane this morning. Parked in Qantas Hanger 406 overnight, the Dreamliner taxied out via Charlie and Lima to the Alpha 6 holding point on Runway 34L. Compared to the other departures this morning, ZA003 was up early, and looked beautiful climbing out against a clear blue sky.








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