After a fourteen month-long investigation, the Federal Aviation Administration has concluded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is "soundly designed and safe to fly," yet recommended changes to Boeing's manufacturing process and oversight.
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.
Today at 10 a.m. PST, two-and-a-half years after the plane was supposed to leave the ground, Boeing will send the first carbon fiber-bodied 787 Dreamliner into the air north of Seattle for its first test flight.