This past Saturday, Boston’s Logan International Airport watched the arrival of the first ever scheduled flight of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner plane to the U.S. This inaugural flight marked the start of Japan Airlines’ four-day-a-week Tokyo-Boston non-stops which will expand to daily flights beginning June 1.
Asian Airlines First to Fly Dreamliner
The dazzling aircraft had previously made its first-ever scheduled airline service debut with ANA (All Nippon Airlines) from Tokyo to Hong Kong.
The Dreamliner is a mid-size aircraft with a relatively light-weight body, enabling it to fly long-haul routes. It can carry nearly 300 passengers depending on seat configuration and features several interior and exterior improvements:
- Composite materials construction cuts fuel costs by up to 20 percent
- Quieter noise-reducing engines
- Larger windows with dimmer switches
- Colorful LED lighting
- Bigger overhead bins
Why the Dreamliner was Three Years Overdue
Boeing’s original deadline for the aircraft was put off by three years as the company faced part shortages, work stoppages and other problems. It has since delivered several planes and reportedly has orders for more than 800 Dreamliners.