Boeing's 7E7 'Dreamliner'


Tuesday, November 18th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


It's an aircraft design generating plenty of buzz in Tulsa, the Boeing 7E7. Designers say they want to give passengers a feeling of more space and control.

It will have 8 seats across the twin-aisle wide-body. A suggested 3-2-3 seating arrangement would allow for bigger bathrooms. Also, each seat on the 7E7 would be 18.5-inches wide.

The jetliner also features larger overhead bins and bigger windows. There's no guarantee any airline will buy the 7E7, in fact, there isn't even a contract for one just yet. But a number of cities including Tulsa want the plant.

In fact, voters approved spending millions of dollars in the Vision 2025 plan to help build it, as an incentive. A Seattle newspaper reported last week Boeing tapped "its" Tulsa plant to be a supplier for the upcoming 7E7.

It specializes in composite material and the 7E7 will be made largely from composites.

The Seattle paper says Tulsa will make some of the 7E7's wing components.