As I mentioned in my recent Tokyo tips report, my trip was an opportunity to fly on Boeing’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. I love the name, and have to say, I think it is accurate – this airplane is a dream.
While every airline that flies the plane will have somewhat of a different configuration – with most carriers cramming as many seats in as possible – here are some reasons why the plane really is a game-changer.
The Dreamliner has a few features that you probably don’t care about quite as much as the airlines do. For example, the engines are designed with a unique scallop shape on the back which drops the noise quite considerably – it’s still “loud” on board, but much better. The planes are also supposedly able to deal with turbulence better, but it won’t quite disappear I’m afraid.
Also, these planes are designed to get by far better fuel consumption – All Nippon Airways, the launch partner with Boeing, is showing massive improvement on their fuel costs on this plane, even more so than the engineers were planning. Hopefully this will translate into lower ticket costs, though if that becomes a reality remains to be seen.
I have said that when this plane is in regular service, we will not understand why we had the older ones. It’s that big a comfort difference.
Photo credits: markjhandel & Andy Hayes.
Posted : Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 at 10:00
Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.