RENTON, Wash.--At Boeing's Customer Experience Center (CEC) here, airlines can view cabin mock-ups of the company's current aircraft and learn more about its products and services.
The CEC is located just south of Seattle and down the street from the company's customer training center. Also nearby is the Boeing's 737 manufacturing plant. Above the CEC's entrance is a circular map showing major cities of the world.
The 787's mock-up shows the aircraft's unique aesthetics. The high ceiling above the main cabin door is designed to minimize the transition between the airport and the enclosed space of the plane. The LED lighting can be changed as a flight progresses. For example, while brighter lighting would be used for mealtimes, boarding and initial descent, cruising altitude and rest periods would feature dimmer lighting.
We saw more concepts for 787 interiors last December when we visited the Dreamliner Gallery in Everett, Wash.
The 787 will feature the largest passenger windows in the sky. During flight, most people will be able to see the horizon without leaning forward. The switch below the window adjusts the electronic shade, which lets passengers adjust the degree to which the window is dimmed.
The Boeing Sonic Cruiser was a concept aircraft that would have flown at near supersonic speeds (Mach 0.98) at very high altitudes (40,000 feet or 12,000 meters). Boeing canceled the program in 2002 in favor of the 787.