Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Dreamliner
That’s what folks at and near Cheyenne Regional Airport might have been exclaiming a few days ago when Boeing flew its new commercial airplane, the long-delayed 787 Dreamliner, to test out landing capabilities at this high-wind, high-altitude airport. The aircraft built for flight tests made nine touch-and-goes and one full stop for fuel at Cheyenne Regional Airport, reportedly drawing quite a crowd.
This is a very different aircraft than Cheyenne sky-watchers normally spot — and one that relatively few people have seen in flight anywhere. The airport currently is served only by only two airlines, American Eagle flying one daily nonstop to/from Dallas/Fort Worth and Great Lakes Airlines with half-a-dozen daily flights to Denver International Airport.
The 787 Dreamliner was designed as a super-efficient airplane carrying up to 234 to 296 passengers, depending on cabin configuration (one two or three classes of service), over 8,000 non-stop miles. It was quite a sitght and quite a big deal for Cheyenne.