On Wednesday 25th of January the 787 will touch down in Dublin for the very first time. Although not its first touchdown in Ireland a 787 made a scheduled refueling stop at Shannon Airport in July of 2010 following a flying display at Farnborough Air show on its way back to Seattle
This visit of Dreamliner coincides with the 14th European Air-Finance Conference which is being held in Dublin. The aircraft is due to arrive at Dublin Airport at about 9pm this Wednesday, January 25 and is scheduled to depart from Dublin at about 3pm on Friday, January 27. The Dreamliner will be parked in an airside hangar during the visit to showcase it to potential airline customers and leasing companies but there will be no public access to the aircraft.
The 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It seats 210 to 290 passengers, depending on the configuration. Boeing states that it is the company’s most fuel-efficient airliner and became the first production composite airliner, with the fuselage assembled in one-piece composite barrel sections instead of the multiple aluminium sheets. Carbon fibre composites have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than traditional aircraft materials, and helps make the 787 a lighter aircraft.
The Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, which arrives in Dublin, is outfitted with the 787’s special cabin features, including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.
It is unrealistic that we will see any Dreamliner in the Aer Lingus or Ryanair colours anytime in the near future, given Aer Lingus connection with the Airbus. With regards to Ryanair, with the majority of their flight under 3.5hours the Dreamliner does not suit their needs, unless Michael O’Leary sets his sight on the transatlantic market.
I will be hovering around Dublin airport on Friday trying to catch a glimpse of the Dreamliner on the tarmac, rumour has it will be parked by Hangar 6.