Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Have Larger, Electronically Dimmable Windows

Boeing engineers have been working furiously in the recent past to manufacture the ultimate airplane. Boeing promised that the 787 Dreamliner would offer a flying experience unlike any other airliner, and now the details are starting to emerge about the upcoming aircraft that made its public debut last month. The airliner will have the biggest airplane windows you’ve ever seen. Boeing ditched the traditional small windows and replaced them with fairly larger and electronically dimmable windows.

So how big are they compared to the traditional airplane window? Boeing says that’s 65% larger than industry standard airliner windows. The windows are placed higher, so taller passenger won’t have to bend just to take a look out the windows.

The innovation does not end with the size only. There will be no pull-down shades on these big windows, because technology enabled Boeing to equip each Window with an electronically controllable dimmer. The electrified darkening gel placed between the two thin pieces of glass gets darker with a simple touch on the control underneath the windows. The intensity is also controllable, and the passenger can adjust it to be anywhere from clear to almost totally dark.

All of the windows’ dimmers are under control of pilots and flight attendants. This feature is thought for situations when the plane is making its final approach, where IATA regulations currently require that all window shades must be open during takeoffs and landings.

 Boeing designers are still looking for ways to improve the technology. Says Boeing engineer Ali Mawani, “If we can automate the windows by just sensing the aircraft’s altitude, it makes it that much easier on the attendant, one less step.”

With all these innovations in technology and style, when can we expect to see these airliners available for service? According to Boeing, All Nippon Airlines plans to be flying its first 787 Dreamliner in September.

I wish to be among the few lucky to fly in those airliners as soon as possible.

via http://www.boeing.com/Features/2010/06/bca_windows_06_01_10.html

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