Low-carbon plane 'will boost UK supply chain'

30 September 2011


Posted by Michelle Devonshire

The launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will boost the UK supply chain, in addition to benefiting the engineering and aerospace markets.

This is the claim made by KPMG, which has forecast the low-carbon plane is the first in a series of more fuel efficient aircraft that will be unveiled by Boeing and Airbus over the next ten years.

According to the firm's Glynn Bellamy, equipment manufacturers will also profit from the B787, with the wider supply chain "well positioned to benefit" from greener craft, particularly suppliers such as Umeco and GKN.

Partner in KPMG's Aerospace and Defence practice, he declared: "In today's volatile economic climate, oil prices are becoming more accepted as a structural rather than cyclical trend, airlines are seeking ways of reducing their operating cost through more fuel efficient aircraft."

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner was delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA) on September 26th 2011 during a ceremony next to the plant where it was built in Everett, Washington state, in the US.

"The 787 Dreamliner is the biggest innovation in commercial aviation since the Boeing 707," said Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive, Jim McNerney.

Speaking at the launch, he described the new aerospace breakthrough as "game-changing" and praised the talent, technology and teamwork that has brought it to market.

Over 500 workers took part in the presentation to executives from ANA and thousands attended the handover.

Manufactured from composite materials, the B787 is capable of long-range flights and provides lower operating costs and better fuel economy than similar craft, with innovative new technologies developed to enhance travel.

Improvements also include more electrical systems, modern engines and advanced aerodynamics, contributing towards cleaner cabin air, lower altitude, larger windows fitted with electrochromic shades, LED lighting and higher humidity in order to enhance passenger experience and cut carbon emissions.

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