After years in the making, long delays and other setbacks, the Dreamliner 787 is a reality for travelers, so here’s where you can fly it…and why you want to.
A couple of months ago, Boeing celebrated the one-year anniversary of delivering its first 787 Dreamliner to Japan’s All Nippon Airways. United Airlines launched its first Dreamliner flight on November 4, making it the first airline in North America to fly the plane.
It will mostly be used on international flights, such as Los Angeles to Japan, but it’s starting with flights between hubs, like Houston, Chicago and Newark. Air India has gotten three planes delivered and is flying them short-haul flights for now, and Ethiopian Airlines was the second country to take delivery.
So what’s all the buzz about? The airliner isn’t just huge. It’s made of lightweight composites instead of aluminum that make it incredibly fuel efficient—we’re talking 20 percent less fuel than a 767. But for you, the traveler, there are other benefits—most importantly, humidity and cabin pressure will help you avoid jetlag, dehydration, and the overall physical impacts of flying. And the bigger windows and larger overhead bins…well those are just icing on the cake.
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