Dreamliner touches down on flying visit
Published 21/07/2010 | 05:00
THE jet billed as the most fuel-efficient ever built has touched down on Irish soil for the first time.
Boeing's latest airliner, the 787 Dreamliner, is pictured above during a brief stop at Shannon Airport last night while returning to the US from the UK.
The jet, which is principally constructed from carbon-fibre, was on its first trip outside the US and has yet to enter commercial service. Shannon was the first commercial airport outside the US where the 787 has landed.
"Shannon has a proud history, particularly in relation to transatlantic flights, so it is therefore particularly fitting that the Dreamliner's first Irish visit was to the mid west," airport director Martin Moroney has said.
Three versions of the 787 have been approved and, depending on which one the 56 airlines who have ordered the plane select, it can carry between 210 and 330 passengers.