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Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner lifts off in near-vertical ascent

The brand new plane showed off some stomach-churning manoeuvres in a test flight ahead of the Paris Air Show

Published 12/06/2015 | 11:34

It starts like a normal takeoff, and then lifts into an extraordinary, near-vertical zoom into the sky.

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Boeing's new 787-9 Dreamliner is shown in a video seemingly defying laws of physics as it ascends into the sky in Washington, where the company is based.

These dizzying manoeuvres were practised days before the Paris Air Show - but luckily it is not how the aircraft would take off in a commercial flight.

The 2015 Paris Air Show takes place from 15 to 21 June at Le Bourget airport, just outside Paris, attracting civilian and military clients, and stunts such as this one.

The $250m plane can carry can carry 280 passengers more than 8,000 miles, and is very energy efficient. They use 20pc less fuel than the single-aisle aeroplanes they replace.

509 Boeing 787-9s have been ordered by 30 customers across the world, and it is slightly bigger than the other member of the Dreamliner family, the 787-8.

Boeing projected increased its forecast for the next 20 years, saying that there will be demand for 38,050 new airplanes over the next 20 years, the value of which is $5.6 trillion.

Boeing has bet the house on making smaller planes, while Airbus thinks there is more demand in bigger ones, such as its doubledecker A380. But poor sales suggest that the giant plane might become a white elephant.

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