SAN DIEGO - The Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down in San Diego Monday as it made its fourth leg of it's North American tour.
"I'm here to see the 787," said Charles Kinkade, who works at Goodrich Aerostructures in Chula Vista. "It's the most amazing plane I've gotten to work on so far."
Many Goodrich employees got to tour the aircraft. The thrust reversers, located in the cockpit, were made locally at the Chula Vista plant as was the nacelle which is a cover that holds the engine. The airplane's auxiliary power unit came from Hamiliton Sundstrand in San Diego.
San Diego International Airport was buzzing around 11 a.m. as the Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, landed.
"We changed the game on this airplane and what that means is we changed everything about the airplane," said Ken Hiebert, Regional Director of Product Marketing for the Boeing Company. "The fuesalage wing for the first time ever is all composite. Up to this point everything has been aluminum."
Hiebert said the composite material is strong and lighter weight. He said the aircraft uses 20 percent less fuel than comparable jets.
The luxury liner is outfitted with 787's special cabin features which includes a higher ceiling and bigger luggage bins. The plane also features six stage mood LED lighting, and a large entryway.
Officials said the plane is 50 percent quieter.
"There are 2.6 million little holes on the accoustic liner inside that engine that absorb the sound," said John Anderson, Chief Engineer of the Boeing program at Goodrich Aerostructures. "The sound can get in but it can't get out."
The windows are 25 percent larger and transition from light to shade with a dimmer that is operated with the push of a button.
"If you are sitting in the middle seat and you can see the ground, everybody moves down a bit in the apprehension scale," said Hiebert.
Boeing's tour was not open to the public. The Dreamliner will be at Landmark Aviation on Pacific Highway until Tuesday morning. It then heads to Long Beach. Flights from San Diego to Toko will be offered on the Dreamliner starting in December on Japan Airlines.