Sounds like it was a busy day at Payne Field in Seattle last week. Boeing announced they delivered a total of seven 787s in 25 hours. Considering there’s still less then 50 of them flying, that’s a pretty impressive stretch.
Boeing has had tons of very public problems getting the 787 to market. But, things are remarkably smoother now, with the typical new plane glitches to work out but no major issues as of late (knock on wood). Probably most important to readers here is that United received another 787. United is in the process of running the 787s on domestic routes for training and evaluation purposes, shaking out the bugs if you will. They’ve also used them for the occasional charter flight of crazy airline geeks.
The 787 is my favorite plane and I can’t wait to spend more time on it. The benefits of humidity and lower pressurization I experienced on my flight to and from Tokyo last year made it possible to handle a 13-hour flight without feeling like I’d been pushed through a cheese grater. They have larger windows that use cutting edge technology, and the coolest lavatory feature I’ve seen. 🙂
Here’s hoping for more smooth takeoffs of the 787 in 2013.