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China Airlines and Boeing assemble Aircraft Mock-up for Dream of Flying Exhibition

Travel News Asia 11 December 2003

After touring Ilan, Taoyuan and Kaohsiung, the Dream of Flying exhibition, celebrating the Centennial of powered flight, will arrive in Taipei, from December 13, 2003 to February 8, 2004 at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. China Airlines invited Boeing to ship a next-generation Signature Interior Mock-up for display in the Taipei exhibition.

China Airlines will be the first to offer the Boeing Signature Interior on its Boeing 747-400s. Measuring 544 cm in length, 508 cm in width and 323 cm in height, the 3700 kg mock-up was assembled for the exhibition by three Boeing technicians and four China Airlines engineers.

The design of the Boeing Signature Interior was inspired by the graceful shape of a bird. The manner in which the gentle curves of the arched ceiling and bin design of the Signature Interior blend into the overall interior architecture is unique to the Boeing Signature Interior, and is reminiscent of a bird in flight.

Visitors will immediately notice an ability to view the entire cabin while sitting or standing. No shelf bins block the view of the cabin, sharp edges have been eliminated, obstructions have been removed, and there is a great deal of headroom. The overhead bins are large and easy to reach: they extend and then retract into the ceiling architecture, safely storing personal belongings. The Boeing Signature Interior was so well received that it won an Interior Design Excellence Award. It is the only airplane interior design to ever win the award.

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