Boeing shows off new 787 Dreamliner at the home of the C17

787 Dreamliner nose to nose with C17 cargo jet in Long Beach.
787 Dreamliner nose to nose with C17 cargo jet in Long Beach.
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A brand new 787 Dreamliner has landed in Long Beach, and Wednesday saw the coming out of Boeing’s enormous new passenger jet.

The Dreamliner can carry up to 250 passengers on long haul flights in airy cabins with ceilings higher than 9 feet in some places. Boeing’s Katherine Overby said the use of composite materials to build the plane makes a lot possible in the interior, like larger windows.

"They’re the largest windows in industry," explained Overby. "They’re placed up higher so you get a much lighter feel inside the airplane.

The plane sat nose to nose with the C17 cargo jet that Boeing builds in Long Beach. The company has reduced the number of C17s it produces each year. But Chief Engineer Bruce Glaser says commercial projects like the Dreamliner mean he still needs to hire new engineers.

"What we’re able to do then is take our experienced engineers, have them train our new hires and just replicate the learning that has occurred over the past 20 years," Glaser said.

The Long Beach facility recently hired 12 new engineers and plans to bring in more as the year continues.

Boeing says 500 engineers in Long Beach and Seal Beach worked on the Dreamliner.