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09 July, 2007 - Published 13:40 GMT
Boeing's new Dreamliner
The US plane-maker Boeing has unveiled the first of its new 787 Dreamliners, an aircraft regarded as vital to the American giant's future in the aviation industry. This report from Tom Symonds:
It was a massive and glitzy launch event - thousands of Boeing employees surrounding the new plane in front of the factory where it is being assembled. Boeing is staking a lot on its Dreamliner. The 787 will carry around three-hundred passengers long-haul. The company said today that six-hundred-and-seventy-seven have now been ordered.
Building the aircraft from a mix of plastic and carbon fibre is said to make it more than twenty percent more fuel efficient than other planes and that should mean it produces twenty percent less CO2. But airlines are also buying it because it's cheaper to operate and environmentalists are worried that will further drive down the cost of air travel , encouraging people to fly more, which makes the problem worse.
Tom Symonds, BBC Transport Correspondent
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