ANA is the first customer using Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which has been engineered from the ground up to be more cost-effective for long-haul flights.
Boeing built the jet using primarily composite materials to make key parts (such as its wings) lighter than previous airliners. A “no-bleed” systems architecture replaces most of the air-driven pumps and compressors with electrically powered alternatives -- a design that lightens the fuel load on the engines.
Fuel efficiency is top of mind for Boeing as it designs its next generation of jets. We reported last week on the new features of its next-generation 737 jet, the 737 Max. The company has taken design tactics out of the Dreamliner playbook to make the 737 jet lighter and relieve the engine’s burden. Like the Dreamliner, the 737 Max features a no-bleed electrical system and an engine that’s integrated with the wing.