The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been a field day for aviation geeks like me. There hasn’t been anything like it before, and we’re unlikely to see innovation of this magnitude in aviation for quite some time. That’s why I found myself in Dallas this morning with a 5am wake-up call. American Airlines, my favorite airline, debuted the 787 Dreamliner today on a domestic flight from DFW to Chicago-O’Hare.
I’ve already flown the 787 a number of times.
American Airlines had a big ceremony at the gate, complete with photo opportunities and speeches, along with a few bagels and refreshments.
And, while American Airlines exceeds the standards set by United Airlines in many areas, this flight mimicked United in one regard. Shortly before boarding, there were 81 people on the upgrade list for the flight! Though there was no chance for an upgrade, I was pretty pumped to be second on the list, trumping Gary Leff’s position of 36th.
I had heard there were over 70 people from FlyerTalk and Milepoint on the flight, and I had at least a dozen people onboard that I knew personally, so it was good to connect with old friends.
We all received an inaugural gift bag when boarding, which included some popcorn, a portable battery and, most importantly, a pretty cool coin commemorating the event.
I was commenting to my seatmate, Mommy Points, that even though I’ve been on a handful of MegaDO flights, this was the first time I ever ended up on a paid flight where there were literally dozens of people I know. Things very quickly turned into a cocktail party in the sky, with conversations popping up everywhere.
The inflight product in coach was actually quite good. The plane is configured 3-3-3, so that means you can’t escape having a middle seat. But, I was seated in Main Cabin Extra and was quite comfortable. I had plenty of the legroom and phenomenal recline on my seat.
Other than the fact that it was a regular armrest, I found the seat quality to be comparable or better to the premium economy seat I had on the British Airways 787 from Austin to Heathrow a couple of months ago. The Panasonic internet was nowhere near up to the task of serving everyone who wanted to get online. The screen resolution on the in-flight entertainment was very good, though the screens don’t tilt when the seat in front of you reclines.
I don’t imagine I’ll be hopping on any more inaugural flights anytime soon, and this was one of only two I’ve ever been on that I can recall. It was only a few hour delay for me getting home from a business trip versus a normal itinerary, so definitely worth the time, if only to catch up with a bunch of friends as crazy as me.
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