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What's so dreamy about the Dreamliner?
by Staff
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner arguably is one of the most exciting planes to hit the tarmac since the Concorde. Everyone from aviation enthusiasts to design freaks can't stop talking about it-- are you a fan? Test your knowledge about Boeing's big dream.

Boeing introduced the Dreamliner to replace which of the following projected planes?

  • the Global Cruiser
  • the Sonic Cruiser
  • the Efficient Cruiser

The Dreamliner was first introduced under what name?

  • 7E7
  • the Global Cruiser
  • 777

Which airline signed on in 2004 as Boeing's launch partner for the Dreamliner?

  • American Airlines
  • United Airways
  • All Nippon Airways

The Dreamliner is distinct because it's the first aircraft to extensively use composite materials in its construction. Approximately what percentage of the plane is composite, by weight?

  • 33 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 70 percent

The carbon fiber reinforced plastics used in the Dreamliner are how much stronger than steel?

  • 2-3 times stronger
  • 5-10 times stronger
  • 20 times stronger

How does the thermal and electrical conductivity of composites compare to metals?

  • Composites are more conductive than metals.
  • Composites are less conductive than metals.
  • Composites and metals are equally conductive.

Layering composites increases the likelihood of what occuring?

  • peeling
  • bubbling
  • expanding

Which of the below was key to producing large-scale composite structures like the Dreamliner's fuselage?

  • developing manufacturing tools
  • sourcing enough carbon precursor material
  • building heating elements large enough to hold a fuselage

Extensive use of composite materials makes the Dreamliner different from other planes in what way?

  • It's lighter.
  • It's faster.
  • It's quieter.

The Dreamliner burns how much less fuel than other planes of the same size?

  • 10 percent
  • 20 percent
  • 30 percent

How many years did Boeing spend on design research to overhaul the Dreamliner's interior?

  • five
  • seven
  • 10

What proprietary method did Boeing develop to gain insight into passenger wants and needs?

  • Archetype Discovery
  • Idealized Design
  • Comparative Study Design

The Dreamliner's archways are Boeing's interpretation of the architecture found in which of the following?

  • churches
  • bridges
  • castles

What did Boeing increase in building the Dreamliner that later became a major headache for the jet maker?

  • design teams
  • engineers
  • outsourcing

So, how late was Boeing in delivering the first Dreamliner?

  • two years
  • three years
  • four years

Who made the engines for the Dreamliner?

  • General Electric
  • Rolls-Royce
  • both of the above

Which of the following is NOT true about the windows on the Dreamliner?

  • They have colored glass.
  • They're 30 percent larger than the windows on similarly sized planes.
  • They have fancy electronic tinting.

The LED lighting on the Dreamliner has how many color combinations?

  • 128
  • 118
  • 18

How much does a Dreamliner cost, on average?

  • $102 million
  • $202 million
  • $302 million

As more airlines acquire the Dreamliner, what's expected to happen?

  • Passenger ticket prices will decrease.
  • fewer nonstop flights between more cities
  • more nonstop flights between more cities