New Boeing 787: New Era for Aviation or Missed Opportunity?

The new 787 Dreamliner is Boeing’s biggest aircraft launch since the 747 and is being touted as the most innovative aircraft to be launched in decades. Excitement surrounding this new aircraft is so high, one hardcore fan paid a whopping $33,000 to sit in on its inaugural flight. It has some big shoes to fill, and a big name to live up to. But what’s so special about the 787 Dreamliner?
On the technical side of things, the 787 Dreamliner is quite advanced and is built for not only speed and distance, but also comfort and efficiency. For example, it claims to be 60% quieter than other planes of its size and capacity. The plane’s fuselage is made of lightweight materials, resulting in less fuel usage, and less carbon dioxide emissions. Also, the 787 can reach speeds of up to Mach .85 (roughly 647 mph), has a range of 15,200 kilometers, making it the only mid-sized airplane that can fly long-distance. The Dreamliner even features a system that detects turbulence and changes wing control surfaces to counteract its effects.
First Flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For the passenger, the 787 Dreamliner promises a more pleasant, relaxing flight. For example, the plane’s cabin will also be pressurized at an altitude of 6,000 feet as opposed to the standard 8,000 feet. This enables passengers to absorb more oxygen during their trip, cutting down on in-flight sickness or that post-flight “hangover” feeling. Space-wise, the aircraft features 7ft 5in. ceilings and 30 percent larger overhead bins. In regards to seat space, however, it will vary – each airline will configure the seat layout as they see fit.
Window seat lovers will enjoy the 787 Dreamliner’s windows, which are 30% larger than average and can be tinted and dimmed according to preference – they can even simulate sunrise and sunset! The aircraft also features nine inch plug-and-play seatback entertainment systems, which is a welcome addition for those on long-haul flights.
While the 787 Dreamliner sounds impressive, do passengers feel that it lives up to the hype? In a recent article, founder Daniel Coleman states that he found the 787 to be a promising evolution, yet a missed opportunity to redefine passenger experience.
Have you had the opportunity to fly in a 787 Dreamliner yet? If so, share your experience in the comments section!
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