Boeing 787 Dreamliner Spotting Guide


Ethiad Airways Boeing 787-9Boeing 787-9 of Ethiad Airways

Background and Development

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner designed and built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Its variants seat 242 to 335 passengers in typical three-class seating configurations. It is Boeing's most fuel-efficient airliner and is a pioneering airliner with the use of composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe.

The 787 was designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767.

Final assembly takes place at the Boeing Factory in Everett, Washington, and at the Boeing South Carolina factory in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Boeing 787-8 and 787-9

The 787-8 was the first variant produced, and was followed by the stretched 787-9. As of January 2017, a total of  512 Dreamliners were in service with airlines around the world.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aircraft type designator system classifies the 787-8 and 787-9 under the codes "B788" and "B789", respectively.

Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

The 787-10, which is 18' longer than the 787-9, was unveiled on February 17, 2017, at the Boeing South Carolina assembly plant. Introduction to regular airline service is scheduled for 2018 with launch customer Singapore Airlines.

The 787-10 will be assembled only in South Carolina.

Boeing 787 Spotting Tips

Boeing 787-8 (top) and Boeing 787-9 (below)

The Dreamliner's distinguishing features include one engine under each wing, swept wings with no winglets, two 4-wheel main landing gear, a sleek pointed nose, and noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles.

Also, the 787 does not have winglets or sharklets, which are used on the similar shaped Airbus A350.

Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 787-9 spotting guide

Close-up view of the jagged trailing edge on the Boeing 787 engine housing.
Close-up view of jagged edge on the Boeing 787 engine.

Side-by-side view of the Boeing 787 (top) and Airbus A350 (below)
Side-by-side view of the Boeing 787 (top) and Airbus A350 (below)

The Boeing 787 cockpit features a 4-piece windshield, while the similar shaped Airbus A350 uses a 6-piece windshield.

Shown below is the windshield arrangement of the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. Also shown is the windshield of the Bombardier CS100.

The cockpit windshield configuration of the Bombardier CS100 compared with the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787
The different configurations of the cockpit windshield, seen from a front view, on the Airbus A350 with its 6-piece windshield, and Boeing 787 with its 4-piece windshield. Also shown is the windshield configuration of the Bombardier CS100.
The different configurations of the cockpit windshield, seen from a front view, on the Airbus A350 (top) with its 6-piece windshield, and Boeing 787 with its 4-piece windshield (below). Also shown is the windshield configuration of the Bombardier CS100.



Boeing 787-8 Photographs

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8
Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8

Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner


Boeing 787-9 Photographs

Ethiad Airways Boeing 787-9
Ethiad Airways Boeing 787-9