Boeing unveils 787 Dreamliner interior

The aviation giant on Wednesday released a picture of an actual 787 interior, rather than a mock-up. The picture is of the third test flight 787, known as ZA003.

Boeing on Wednesday released the first picture of an actual 787 Dreamliner interior. Boeing

Boeing on Wednesday released the first image of an actual 787 Dreamliner interior.

The picture is from the third test flight 787, which is known as ZA003. That plane has a partial interior "that provides a glimpse into the new flying experience the airplane will offer," Boeing said.

It was the first time the aviation giant showed what a 787 decked out with passenger seats and luggage bins looks like on the inside. Previously, it had only shown mock-ups.

According to Boeing, the test plane's interior has 135 seats, several lavatories, and dual crew rests. "Passengers will be welcomed onto the 787 by sweeping arches, dynamic lighting, larger lavatories, more spacious luggage bins, and electronic window shades whose transparency they can change during flight," the company said in a release.

Boeing expects to begin flight tests with the ZA003 later this month, it said.

The much-anticipated first flight of the 787 took place at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., on December 15, 2009.

The first 787 Dreamliner takes off on its first flight on Dec. 15, 2009 from Paine Field, in Everett, Wash. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

Last month, as part of the lengthy testing period, Boeing successfully put the 787 through a series of stall tests , during which the plane's pilots intentionally cut back power to its engines and subsequently attempted to resume normal flight speeds. A stall, Boeing said, "is defined as flying so slowly that the airplane is no longer generating lift."

Correction: This story originally misidentified what an airplane stall test is. A stall, Boeing said, "is defined as flying so slowly that the airplane is no longer generating lift."

 

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