What does the Boeing 787 Dreamliner have going for it that other airliners don’t? Well, the long answer is a laundry list of things, but the simple answer is, well simply; everything! Could this be why airlines are optimistic for the 787’s future and undeterred by the recent minor setbacks? Yes, I believe that is correct. Still, let’s talk about this for a moment shall we?
Not long ago, there was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal titled; “Boeing to Get 787 Order – British Airways Plans on 18 More in What Would Be Second Order Since Grounding,” by Jon Ostrower. Okay so, what’s with the high confidence level in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at a time when they have a terrible glitch with their ion-lithium battery system? Well, consider this if you will, the battery system is a subsystem and easily replaceable with other battery systems without the problems and with years of reliability.
Next, consider that the Boeing 787 is 30% more fuel efficient at a time when fuel prices are extremely high, and at a time when the EU is playing games with carbon credit taxes. Further, consider that at least currently, there is nothing anywhere near comparable in the sky, or available from Airbus, even Airbus’ A350 which has claimed to be a potential rival falls far short and may have significant innovation issues of its own once it is available. Airbus has not had much success lately with new aircraft, the A380 for instance has had significant challenges – parts falling off the aircraft in flight for instance.