Boeing 787 Dreamliner Spotting Guide
Background and Development of the 787 Dreamliner
Boeing 787-9 of Ethiad Airways
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.
A total of 1,294 Dreamliners have been ordered as of February 2018.
Boeing 787-8 and 787-9
Boeing 787-10 of United Airlines
The 787-8 was the first variant produced, and was followed by the stretched 787-9.
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. Its first flight was on March 31, 2017.
Delivery of the first 787-10 was on March 25, 2018, to launch customer Singapore Airlines. United Airlines began passenger service with the 787-10 in early 2019.
The 787-10 is being assembled only in South Carolina.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner Family Length
|787 Model||Overall Length||Passengers|
|787-8||186' 1"||242 - 359|
|787-9||206' 1"||290 - 406|
|787-10||224' 0"||330 - 440|
As of February 1, 2019, a total of 789 Dreamliners have been delivered to airlines around the world, with total orders of 1,421.
Boeing 787 Spotting Tips
Shown below is a side-by-side comparison of the Boeing 787-8 (top), 787-9 (middle) and Boeing 787-10 (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.
|Close-up view of the jagged trailing edge on the Boeing 787 engine housing.|
|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 Airbus A220.
|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 Airbus A220.|
Boeing 787 Photographs
|Boeing 787-9 of Japan Airlines, registration JA864J, awaiting takeoff at the DFW Airport (Staff Phohto, June, 2019)|
|Boeing 787 of China Southern Airlines on approach to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in California|
|Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner|
|Ethiad Airways Boeing 787-9|
|The first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner delivered, to Singapore Airlines, March 25, 2018|
Boeing 787-10 Photographs Courtesy of the Boeing Co.
|Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner ... front view|
|Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner cockpit view
||Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner ... side view
First Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner takeoff ... N528ZC
|Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner in flight|
For More Information on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Visit the official website of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.