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      10-05-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flight - Seattle Tokyo

Earlier this week, I flew on the launch flight of ANA´s Dreamliner 787 service from Seattle to Tokyo.

Although we had a delay due to a mechanical problem, the flight was still incredible.

I documented every aspect of it with lots of photos (a few are below) so please take a look:

ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner First Flight Seattle to Tokyo Narita – Review




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The Boeing Dreamliner is the newest, sleekest, and most rarely-seen airliner currently in service. If you want to fly on it from the United States, you currently only have two choices and one of them is ANA (All Nippon Airways) the launch customer for the program.


ANA initiated service from Seattle to Tokyo’s Narita Airport on October 1 of this year and will start a second route, from San Jose, California, …
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I like the whole 787 direct flights concept, a direct flight from the east coast to a mid size airport like Prague will be a dream. Not having to catch a connecting flight in let's say Frankfurt to other cities will be dream indeed. I mean Munich isnt bad as a hub but Frankfurt, ugh.

I dont mind the squeaks and rattles during take-offs and landings.
I wonder if the new Boeing has some of that same gray interior trim panels with the low rattling sound that seems to vary with the engine rpm's you get on some aircrafts in flight?

Anyway,interesting article.
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Awesome article!
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Very nice article, what a flight. I travel weekly for business; 7/10 of my flights are on regional jets (sometimes propeller planes). I've yet to see a 787!
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Very nice article, what a flight.
Thanks. Glad you liked it.

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I travel weekly for business; 7/10 of my flights are on regional jets (sometimes propeller planes). I've yet to see a 787!
I don't think you'll see 787s replacing the RJs but Delta is replacing RJs with 717s soon. I presume you probably fly USAir given your location, however.
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I like the whole 787 direct flights concept, a direct flight from the east coast to a mid size airport like Prague will be a dream. Not having to catch a connecting flight in let's say Frankfurt to other cities will be dream indeed. I mean Munich isnt bad as a hub but Frankfurt, ugh.
The 787 is a replacement for the 767 line. It is roughly 20% more fuel efficient and it has (as I note in the article) many more creature comforts.

However, I don't think that you will see a dramatic change in flying just based on the 787 alone. Take United, for example. It is deploying the 787 on existing routes and simply substituting aircraft. Since you couldn't buy a 767 recently, it may appear that airlines are trying to create more direct routes bypassing hubs but the economic viability of a route such as the Prague route you mention will only change because of the 20% improved fuel efficiency, not because it's just a smaller plane. Clearly that 20% will help but it's only part of the equation.
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I like the part that you can send messages. Can potentially be extremely entertaining.
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Good article.. It'll be interesting to see how the A350 compares to the 787 and if Airbus will run into any production delays like Boeing did.
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it sounds (and looks like) the A380 that Emirates has minus the full on bar in the back.
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I like the part that you can send messages. Can potentially be extremely entertaining.
It would be if there was a notification icon.

Otherwise, the recipient may never go to the inbox and leave the plane unaware of the attempt at uh entertainment.
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Very good read and very thorough and well-written article. Really impressed with everything I've heard about the 787 and once they get it's teething problems worked out I think it will be successful for decades to come!
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Was there a power plug on there to charge laptops and smartphones? They have them on the new Emirates Airbus planes.

Definitely looks nice but I am not sure if it is better than the Emirates Business class on the new A380 Airbus. Will have to try it out next time.
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Was there a power plug on there to charge laptops and smartphones? They have them on the new Emirates Airbus planes.

Definitely looks nice but I am not sure if it is better than the Emirates Business class on the new A380 Airbus. Will have to try it out next time.
well this one doesn't have a bar.. so probably not

also, pretty much every plane has power plugs in biz now.. not having one is almost like not having a TV
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Good review! San Jose next? Nice!
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Good review! San Jose next? Nice!
Probably lol
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Thanks. Glad you liked it.


I don't think you'll see 787s replacing the RJs but Delta is replacing RJs with 717s soon. I presume you probably fly USAir given your location, however.
717's??
Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that the 717 production ended a few years ago...
Are they replacing them with some old 717s?
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717's??
Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that the 717 production ended a few years ago...
Are they replacing them with some old 717s?
They're buying all the Airtran 717s that Southwest doesn't want.
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They're buying all the Airtran 717s that Southwest doesn't want.
Interesting. THey could probably get a better deal on the AA's MD80's
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