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Boeing’s New Dreamliner Could Help It Leave Its Slump

Boeing’s looking strong going into this year’s Paris Air Show, following recent regulatory trouble from battery fires and faulty electronics.

By Evan Thomas | June 12, 2015

Boeing is showing off its newest model, 787 Dreamliner, ahead of the Paris Air Show next week. Its pilots put the aircraft through its paces in a teaser video, starting with a takeoff that appears nearly vertical. (Video via Boeing)

Now, some of that’s a trick of camera angles. Commuter jets aren’t lightweight military fighters. (Video via Lockheed Martin)

One airline pilot told CNN that passengers should expect launch angles more in the 20-degree neighborhood when the plane is loaded down with people and luggage. (Video via CNN)

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Think of the teaser stunt as proof the plane can handle any stresses placed on it, like the wing load tests Boeing ran back in 2010. If it can handle this, it can handle day-to-day operations.

The 787-9 will have a higher fuel capacity than the 787-8 — of course — and will be more fuel-efficient than the 767 Boeing designed it to replace.

The 787 entered service with commercial carriers in 2011, but as of 2014 there are only 163 flying, compared to the 795 Boeing 767s still in service.

And in the U.S. especially, the 787 has run into some roadblocks. Or airblocks. Think of the Dreamliner, and you probably think of how…

The FAA grounded the whole fleet in early 2013 because built-in batteries posed an explosion and fire risk. (Video via CNBC)

And there was a software bug that Boeing’s testing showed could have shut down a plane’s electronics if they were left on for too long.

The setbacks roughed up Boeing’s stock at the time, but it’s bounced back as of late— just in time to show off in Paris. (Video via CNBC)

This video includes images from Getty Images. Music by Skill Borrower / CC BY NC Sampling Plus 1.0.

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