August 15, 2007

Flightblogger Exclusive: Window Seats

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There has been an ongoing debate inside the aviation enthusiast community since the beginning of the 787 program. The question has been repeated more times than I can count:

Are the 787 windows really any bigger?

I would like once and for all to put this debate to rest.

They ARE bigger. In fact, they are HUGE.

18.4 inches tall by 10.7 inches wide.
We've heard the numbers and we've seen the pictures. What follows are the actual window frames developed by Alenia that are slated to be installed on Dreamliner Two. One day in the not so distant future, a passenger will look out this window on a flight on an All Nippon Airways 787. To illustrate the actual size of these windows there is a tape measure in the picture that shows the size of the window in both metric and English units. They are at full resolution so you can read them clearly. Please feel free to click the images to view the larger versions.



The final image is the Dreamliner Two Center Fuselage (which will receive these window frames) in all her glory being assembled by the Charleston "Dream Team" which has identified, tackled and solved the challenges placed in front of them with extraordinary skill and grace. The work they are doing is truly incredible. Since this photo was taken, there has been significant work done on the center fuselage section including the installation of ducting, insulation and other key systems.

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now if that dosen't make you want to buy a seat I don't know what would! Way to go Boeing!

Anonymous said...

Way to go Charleston, SC Dream Team..... What a ring!

Anonymous said...

I'd think they would have found a more high tech material for the floor panels. But maybe if they put on some nice varnish it'll look really cool.

Peter said...

I cant load the pictures. Is there a problem with the link perhaps.

Anonymous said...

Those plywood panels are to protect the carbon fiber floor panels underneath from all those ladders...

Anonymous said...

It's not "Plywood" It's Engineered wood products :-)

Blu Yonder said...

I never heard anyone saying he/she's going to buy a ticket because the plane's windows are larger! For pete's sake many people are not going to see the stupid window. People will comment on the light, air quality, seat pitch and services on board. According to the B787 airport compatabilty doc, seat pitch is going to be 31" in some areas! So give us a break! Btw, according to the Randy v2, quiter is not better. Of course.
Way to go GimicLiner.

NIGHT OWL said...

No matter where people sit, what the air smells like or what they are served will it ever out rank the view you will see out of that huge window! I agree they are HUGE! It sure will be nice to be able to look out and not have to bend over like I am trying to smell my feet for a change...

Call it a "GIMIC" But it sold me a ticket....

Anonymous said...

what are those white panels attached to the skin and stringers? insulation?

Anonymous said...

DC-8's windows were 17" x 20.5" Much larger than the 787's.