I’m still salty about having to pay a checked bag fee, but if an airline asked me if I would fork over extra cash for my plane to do this, my immediate answer would be YESPLEASETAKEMYMONEYNOW.
On Sunday, November 4th at 7:20 AM, United flew their first passenger flight with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It was a smashing success and a total sham all at once.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been in service for no more than a few months and already some Boeing test pilot has tagged the American Northwest like an Etch-a-Sketch with a 787 logo. Damn hooligans.
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner — the sixth 787 Boeing's made so far — took off from Boeing Field in Seattle in December 6, 2011. Yesterday, it landed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, having flown 10,710 nautical miles to set a distance record for a commercial jet of its weight. It's also a victory, of sorts, for carbon fiber.
The extensive use of composite materials makes the Boeing 787 one of the most advanced commercial aircraft ever built. And while it's already been approved for flight, safety officials are concerned about the long term viability of those materials, which are now being used in the aircraft's wings and fuselage.