The new passenger plane unveiled by the Boeing company claims to be greener and more fuel efficient.

The US aircraft manufacturer, Boeing has shown off its reportedly new eco-friendly passenger plane for the first time. The 787 Dreamliner is a rival to the Airbus being built in Europe. Boeing claims the engines burn less fuel and the plane itself is easier to maintain.

According to Boeing, 

This is an aircraft of the future.

While it is not as big or fast as other planes, the Boeing 787 is more environmentally friendly. 'The Dreamliner' is made of fibre rather than aluminium, which according to Boeing makes it more fuel efficient, and produces 20% less CO2 emissions than any other aircraft. 

There is already a large demand for the new plane from airline companies. Airline industry expert Darryl Jenkins says that Boeing has had over six hundred orders. 

The Dreamliner is seen as the A380's biggest rival, and because the 787 is greener, Boeing believe they are already on a winner. However, some environmentalists argue that lower operating costs will make air travel cheaper and thereby encourage more people to fly.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 July 2007. The reporter is Ailbhe Conneely.