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Boeing will bring the 787 Dreamliner to seven more cities on the sixth leg of the Dream Tour later this month and continuing into May. Stops include cities in the U.K., Norway, Italy and the U.S.

The 787 visits Heathrow on April 22nd & 27th, Manchester on April 23rd & Gatwick on April 25th

The 787 visits Heathrow on April 22nd & 27th, Manchester on April 23rd & Gatwick on April 25th

“The Dream Tour has provided us with a great platform to show customers, partners, government officials and other stakeholders just what the team has achieved with the 787,” said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “It’s an honor to showcase this airplane as we bring it around the world.”

The airplane will depart from Seattle on April 21. The dates listed below are landing dates for each city or airport. Customers, employees, partners, government officials and other stakeholders will be invited to attend tour events at each location. There are no general public tour opportunities.

  • April  22– London’s Heathrow Airport
  • April  23 – Manchester Airport
  • April 25 – London’s Gatwick Airport
  • April 27 – London’s Heathrow Airport
  • May 1 – Oslo, Norway
  • May 4 – Taranto, Italy
  • May 7 – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – Washington, DC
  • May 11 – Dallas, Texas
  • May 14 – St. Louis, Missouri

More than 44,500 guests from around the world will have toured the airplane at the end of the fifth segment of the tour later this week and the airplane will have logged more than 82,366 nautical miles (152,542 km). The sixth segment will add an estimated 12,750 more guests and an additional 15,500 nmi (28,702 km).

The Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, 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.

Dates and locations for additional tour stops will be announced approximately one month in advance. At many of the stops, local media will have the opportunity to participate in tours of the airplane and discussions with Boeing executives and pilots.

For more information see Boeing’s press release here:

For updates on the 787 Dream Tour, including videos, photos and reports from the tour stops, visit:  www.newairplane.com/787/dreamtour.


EVERETT, Wash.,
April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire


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Manchester Airport new control tower under construction

Manchester Airport new control tower under construction

A 60m (197 ft) air traffic control tower has been built in nine days at Manchester Airport.

The shaft of the £16m tower, which will house air traffic controllers from 2013, was built using a method of continuous concrete pouring. The process required teams of 20 construction workers to work around the clock for 222 hours, with an average height increase of 27cm (10in) an hour.

The crews poured 600 cubic m (21,188 cubic ft) of concrete over 59 tonnes (65 tons) of reinforced steel to create the tower.

Andrew Harrison, Chief Operating Officer for Manchester Airport, said the “amazing speed at which the tower has risen is testament to the outstanding work of the project team”.

The building of the tower coincides with the introduction of a new air traffic control system at the airport, which has seen controllers moving from paper logs to a digital system……

See the original BBC content here…..


28 March 2012
Image courtesy of Lobster Pictures