Will the long-overdue Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft really “change the way we fly”? It certainly gets points for trying.
If you sat down and made a list of the things you hate about flying – from jet lag to not being able to find any space in the overhead bins – you would find Boeing is a step ahead of you on most of them. The manufacturer has addressed many common gripes in the design of its long-awaited Dreamliner, which is finally ready to take off after numerous production delays.
The first 787 has been delivered to its launch customer, the Japanese airline ANA, for final testing and Boeing claims it will represent the start of a new era of flying. The environment will certainly benefit from significant reductions in fuel use and emissions. But there will also be noticeable changes for passengers, in a concerted bid to bring back the enjoyment of flying.
“We as human beings are fascinated by flight but we don’t like to fly today,” says the regional director of passenger satisfaction for Boeing, Kent Craver. “The big, big goal of this [Dreamliner design] philosophy is really to reconnect people to the magic of flight.”
The most noticeable change for passengers stepping into the Dreamliner will be… (click here to keep reading this article by Jane E. Fraser)