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Dreamliner: Inside the World's Most Anticipated Airplane

About the Show

Boeing, one of the crown jewels of the American economy, is unveiling the long awaited 787 Dreamliner, a daring and controversial new plane that carries an incredible profit potential.

The Dreamliner promises cutting edge features, comfort and industry-leading fuel economy. If it lives up to its expectations, the plane could revolutionize the airline industry and earn Boeing billions of dollars in the process.

Boeing is a legendary manufacturer of some of the highest profile and most consequential aircraft in history, from the B-17 of World War II, to the immensely successful 747 jumbo jet, to the most popular airliner ever, the 737. But this quintessential American company may be facing its most challenging moment. Will Boeing’s big bet pay off? The long awaited Dreamliner comes after nearly a decade of development, billions of dollars in overruns and three years of agonizing delays. The criticism has stung and given investors reason to question Boeing’s economic health.

Against this backdrop, CNBC’s Phil LeBeau will take viewers inside Boeing to see whether this enormously important American company, and one of the nation's largest employers, can rise to the challenge of a rapidly changing global aviation market.

Web Extras

  • 787 Dreamliner 'Engineering Nightmare'     Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 6:01 AM ET

    In this video clip taped for the CNBC documentary “Dreamliner, Inside the World’s Most Anticipated Airline,” CNBC's Phil LeBeau shows how building a 787 Dreamliner is a well-choreographed, but challenge-packed ballet of man and machine where the plane's seven major sections are hoisted and fastened together. The documentary debuted in 2011.

  • Inside the Dreamliner     Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 6:02 AM ET

    Boeing believes the Dreamliner will radically change what we expect in a commercial airplane. For passengers, it offers vaulted ceilings, bigger windows and larger overhead compartments. For pilots, the 787 features a state-of-the-art flight deck.

  • For as long as I have a covered Boeing and the long journey to develop the 787 Dreamliner, I have heard certain questions over and over: Is it a game changer? What's so special about the Dreamliner? I'll attempt to provide a few answers.

  • Boeing's Rarely Seen Aircraft Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 7:55 AM ET

    From planes that never made it to market to spy planes that human eyes aren't supposed to spot, we take a look at some of the amazing Boeing designs you've likely never seen.

  • Boeing's Most Famous Models Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 9:24 AM ET

    Here, we take a look at some of Boeing's most iconic military aircraft, what they meant for the industry at the time, and how they impacted plane designs to come.

  • Boeing CEO McNerney and the 787 Dreamliner     Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 6:03 AM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau talks with Boeing CEO W. James McNerney, about Boeing's decision to outsource design and production of the 787 Dreamliner.

  • ScanEagle Success     Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 6:04 AM ET

    Charlie Guthrie, Insitu senior vp of advanced programs and engineering as well as chief technology officer, discusses the key to the success of the ScanEagle, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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  • Phil LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based in the Chicago bureau and editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.

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