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Blog: Dreamliner's candy-pink screens and huge windows

By Ayesha Durgahee, CNN
  • CNN's Ayesha Durgahee wanders round Boeing's much-anticipated Dreamliner
  • Impressive features include the cockpit with its huge windows and vast space
  • More than 850 airlines across the world have so far ordered the aircraft

Farnborough, England (CNN) -- When a new aircraft makes its international public debut, it's a big deal -- especially when it's been delayed. The anticipation, the excitement of seeing the plane in the flesh, the way it flies and moves, with your own eyes.

The Airbus A380 can do nothing but make a big impression -- the sheer scale of the Superjumbo leaves you comparing it to other aircraft, the size of the tail fin, the nose, the drooping arch of the wings, an unmistakeable silhouette.

With the Boeing 787, it's a different story -- it''s more about the detail. The larger windows, a thinner pointier nose, the jagged teeth at the back of the engines and, of course, the smooth curved edge of the wings winglet and wingtip-free.

I didn't think I would be so taken by it but the more I wandered round and under it, the Dreamliner more than just grew on me.

It was the flightdeck or cockpit though that was the biggest surprise. I've heard and read a lot about the new avionics but have always focused more on the fact that the 787 is 20 percent more fuel-efficient due to new engine technology and the fuselage made from new composite material making the aircraft lighter.

As soon as you walk in, it hits you -- the amount of light flooding into the flightdeck; the side windows are huge! Not to mention the space -- apparently it's the only one you can stand up straight in.

And then there are the HUDs, the Head-Up Displays. Two candy-pink screens dangling in front of each seat at eye-level for the pilots to know their position without looking down at the display screens.

These are also significantly different to other aircraft -- 15 inch wide and in colour that even give the pilots a bird's eye view diagram of the runway they're headed to -- this one showing Farnborough Airport.

Walking down the cabin, there are a few rows of seats and then in the middle all you can see are bright orange wires. More than 40 miles of these wires are used just for testing that spread out throughout the entire aircraft -- collecting data from the temperature to the pressure of the cabin.

The aircraft is essentially a blank canvas, a canvas for the 865 airlines who are waiting in line to get their Dreamliners. What they will do with space, how they'll configure the cabin?

Hopefully we'll get to see in November when Boeing delivers the first Dreamliner to launch customer All Nippon Airways.