A Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Air India’s colours. (Picture courtesy of Boeing.)
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Air India’s colours. (Picture courtesy of Boeing.)

The award was bestowed by the editors of Aviation Week magazine to recognise the 787 team's accomplishments.

"Boeing made a bold decision to combine advanced aerodynamics, new composite materials, more-electric systems, fuel-efficient engines and a totally new production paradigm," said Graham Warwick, Aviation Week senior editor, Technology, in presenting the award. "And now it's paying off for both the manufacturer and the operator."

Around 50% of the primary structure of the Dreamliner (including the fuselage and wing) is made of composite materials.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is 20% more fuel efficient than similarly sized aircraft. 60 customers have 868 Dreamliners on order, making the 787 the fastest-selling widebody airplane in commercial aviation history.

For the past 55 years, Aviation Week has recognised pioneers and leaders in aviation, aerospace and defence with this award. Past winners in the Aeronautics/Propulsion category include the X-51A Waverider Hypersonic Vehicle Team and the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G geared turbofan development team.