Taking Off

Boeing's mostly composite Dreamliner is in full production. Expect less jet lag and more fresh air


The maiden commercial flight of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner in October marked the debut of some of the most dramatic innovations in aircraft construction in decades. Boeing's massive assembly line in Everett, Wash., is cranking out 787s, and a second line is starting up in North Charleston, S.C., as the company sets out to build 10 a month to fill orders for more than 800 of the new jets, upping your chances of flying on the new bird in 2012.

Roughly half the plane's weight is made up of composites, mixes of carbon fiber and epoxy that are lighter than most metals....

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