Boeing is beginning a six-month 'Dream Tour' with its development 787 ZA003 in early December, allowing customers and partners around the world to experience...

Boeing is beginning a six-month ‘Dream Tour’ with its development 787 ZA003 in early December, allowing customers and partners around the world to experience the new technology and passenger innovation offered on the first all-new commercial jet of the 21st century.

“The 787 Dreamliner is a game-changing airplane and we’re delighted to be able to bring this innovative product to our customers who will soon be receiving their own 787s,” says Ray Conner, vice president of sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This airplane is now changing the way the world flies, and we want to share that excitement with as many people as we can.”

ZA003 became the fourth Boeing 787 to enter the Dreamliner flight-test program when it made its first flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington on March 14, 2010. Captains Ray Craig and Mike Bryan piloted the aircraft on its three-hour, six-minute voyage. Boeing has subsequently repainted ZA003, which it demonstrated at the 2011 Dubai Air Show and scheduled for a six-month worldwide 'Dream Tour' beginning in early December 2011

Boeing’s December schedule for the 787 Dream Tour includes six stops in Asia, Africa and the Middle East:

● December 4-December 11: China. The Boeing 787 will make stops in Beijing, Guangzhou and Haikou to visit customers, partners, and government officials including representatives from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) and Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co. (CAC);

● December 11-December 16: Africa. The 787 will make stops in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Nairobi in Kenya to visit Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways; and

● December 16-December 19: Middle East. The Boeing 787 will make a stop in Doha to visit Qatar Airways.

The third aircraft in the original Boeing 787 flight-test ZA003, was refurbished in late 2011 to showcase the standard capabilities and features of the 787

Boeing says it will announce specific dates for the subsequent segments of the tour about one month prior to the events. Additional tour stops are being planned for January through April 2012 and will be detailed in future announcements, according to the manufacturer.

Many of the stops will include opportunities for local media to tour ZA003 and talk with Boeing executives and pilots.

Aviation enthusiasts can follow the progress of the 787 tour at Videos, photos and reports from the tour stops, as well as an inside look at the aircraft ,will be featured beginning with the first stop next week.

The Dream Tour aircraft, ZA003, has been retrofitted with special interior features designed to highlight the unique cabin features and performance capabilities of the Boeing 787. The flight test equipment on board ZA003, the third 787 to be built, has been removed and a spectacular new Boeing Sky Interior has been installed.

Boasting a refurbished interior for the occasion, the third Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA003, touched down on November 12 at the Dubai International Airport on the eve of the biennial Dubai Air Show, marking the Middle East debut for the new widebody

“Our flight test airplane has turned into a show piece,” says Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “Anyone who has seen the inside of a flight test airplane will be amazed at the transformation. All of the 787 passenger features are here.”

Visitors will be greeted by the characteristic 787 entryway skylight and gathering area. The LED lighting, standard on all 787s, will be demonstrated throughout the tour aircraft.

Visitors also will find a luxurious business-class cabin with a dozen lie-flat seats, an overhead crew-rest compartment and an economy-class section. A large open space between the two economy-class sections allows Boeing to spotlight the features of the 787 with displays and demonstrations.

The exterior of the aircraft has been repainted in the standard Boeing livery.

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