All Nippon Airways welcomed their first 264 passengers aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Wednesday marking the maiden commercial voyage for Boeing’s heralded aircraft. The flight was traveling from Tokyo to Hong Kong.
While the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is not faster than current aircraft it is made out of lightweight carbon-composite materials which helps cut fuel costs by 20%. The jet is also larger, allowing for bigger cabin windows and a wider cabin while providing higher cabin pressure.
An aerospace analyst told the Sydney Morning Herald that the difference in cabin pressure levels “means standing on top of a hill rather than a mountain.”
The analyst also revealed:
‘‘That should reduce effects like fatigue when flying.”
The maiden voyage couldn’t have come at a better time for Boeing after China Eastern Airlines cancelled an order for 24 Dreamliners after 3 years of delays. In the meantime ANA is expected to take delivery of 12 Dreamliners over the next several years.
Starting in 2013 Boeing hopes to manufacturer 10 planes per month, a big estimate considering the company’s vast global product distribution chain which led to the planes delays in the first place.
Are you excited to fly aboard a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner when you have the chance?