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Boeing’s latest, most environmentally-friendly plane ever, the 787 Dreamliner, is finally due to take off tonight on its maiden flight after two years of delays.
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Boeing says the mid-size Dreamliner – the company’s first new model in more than a decade – will use 20 percent less fuel than today’s airplanes.
About half of the new aircraft is made of lightweight, composite materials – such as carbon, fiber-reinforced resin – making it a lot more fuel-efficient, the company says.
Boeing has staked its reputation on claims the aircraft’s lighter, faster body will save airlines millions in fuel costs, allowing passengers to pay less – and even feel better when they land. The company says the new material will hold up much better than traditional aluminium – and is kinder to the environment.
The new airplane is being unveiled just as the contentious two-week climate change summit currently taking place in Copenhagen plays out.
Thousands of demonstrators demanded countries take meaningful action against climate change this weekend.
On Monday, though, the conference was suspended for several hours when African nations and others walked out of the international meeting, accusing richer countries of trying to get out of their obligations to cut carbon emissions.
Do you believe so-called “green travel” by plane is possible? And that Boeing is actually blazing a trail here with its new, more fuel-efficient plane?
Or is travelling by air simply contrary to being green? And is limiting air travel the only way to go if you really care about the environment?
Tell us your thoughts. And watch the Dreamliner’s maiden flight tonight on Connect the World at 2100 GMT, 2200 CET.