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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner Experience

I recently flew with Virgin Atlantic on four long haul flights. The plane in use was the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Here is my review:

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Configuration

The configuration that Virgin Atlantic had for the 787 was 3-3-3. I felt that this was very good and gave a little more space then the general 2-4-2 configuration. It is possible that it was just perception but it did not feel as cramped. The seats were quite comfortable even in economy class with a good amount of legroom. The overhead bins were spacious with lots of extra room. Not sure if this was inherent to the Boeing 787 or just the way Virgin Atlantic had configured the planes.

The Ride

The ride on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was extremely smooth. All 4 flights were exceptionally smooth with very little bumping even when going through turbulence. The aircraft is also quieter than many that I have been on. This definitely added to the pleasantness of the ride.

The Lighting

One of the great features on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was the lighting. Instead of pulling down and opening window shades, the Dreamliner has adjustable lighting by every seat window. This lighting can be adjusted by the passenger but can also be darkened by the crew to give the plane a dark feeling even during the day. This was beneficial on the London to Los Angeles route which was day the entire time.

Higher Ceilings

When standing up, it did not feel like your head was going to hit the overhead bins. There was ample head space and room.

There are definitely many luxuries and small details that have gone into the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to make it a much more comfortable ride.




Watch Live as Boeing's 787 Takes To The Air

You can watch live as Boeing’s 787 takes to the air Tuesday morning

If you can’t watch the Dreamliner soar in person at Paine Field, follow its flight online.

By Michelle Dunlop
Herald Writer

EVERETT — In just a day, the Boeing Co. will attempt to fly its 787 Dreamliner for the first time.

Depending on weather conditions, Boeing will put its new jet in the air at 10 a.m. Tuesday, from Paine Field. Despite a two-year delay, the highly anticipated flight of the 787 is certain to draw crowds, even if Tuesday’s weather forecast of 43-degree weather and rain holds.

On Saturday, Boeing completed the last round of taxi and pre-flight tests required for takeoff.

Boeing’s Dreamliner is expected to take off toward the north and fly for up to five hours before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle.

The company is making it easy on people who want to watch the much-anticipated event but can’t or don’t want to brave the weather. Boeing will begin a live webcast 24 hours before first flight. The live feed can be viewed on the company’s Web site, www.boeing.com.

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