Boeing Completes First 7E7 Composite Development Section

Boeing unveiled the first 7E7 Dreamliner composite fuselage section at its Developmental Center in Seattle. The section, made as part of the new airplane development process, proves the manufacturing techniques that will be used for the first time with the airplane. By building the fuselage sections as full barrels with integrated stringers, Boeing will reduce the number of parts on the airplane, improve overall aerodynamic performance, and help make the airplane more fuel efficient than any other in its class.

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