Second, larger & more efficient model of newest jetliner in the skies
I sure hope that Boeing and its component manufacturers have taken care of all the problems that delayed the debut of the 787 Dreamliner and then surfaced to ground it short after if began flying. According to Global Traveler’s eFlyer newsletter. Boeing has completed its first 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, with Air New Zealand slated to be the first to put it into service. According to the report, “The second Dreamliner is an extension of the 787 family in both capacity and range.
The 787-9 model measures 20 feet longer than the 787-8 currently in service and can fly approximately 8,200 nautical miles, 300 more than its predecessor. The 787-8 carries 210 to 250 passengers, while the 787-9 carries 250to 290. Similar to the 787-8, the 787-9 is 20 percent more fuel efficient.” Passengers will appreciate more commodious overhead bins, LED lighting and cabins pressured to a lower, more comfortable altitude, cleaner air and larger, dimmable windows.
Not ready to rest on its laurels, should they rather than problems be bestowed, Boeing has also announced details of the third and even larger Dreamliner. The 787-10, which will be 38 feet longer than the 787-8 and carry up to 330 passengers up to 7,000 miles, with delivery scheduled for 2018. No word about the relative size of the overhead bins.
United’s Dreamliner and Elway’s at the Airport land on the same day
Following a Houston-Denver test flight last month after its lithium battery problem was fixed, United Airlines’ troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner is back in service, with its VIP-laden inaugural nonstop flight from Denver International Airport to Tokyo scheduled for Monday, June 10. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Colorado Tourism Director Al White and Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation’s CEO Tom Clark are among the Denver brass taking off.
Along with the brass, there will be drums. Literally. Nine students in the Montbello High School Drum Corps will be on the flight too. The city leaders will be staying in posh hotels and are hoping to expand travel connections and trade between Denver and Asia, while the kids will be housed with host families and performing alongside traditional Japanese Taiko drummers.
Also on Monday, Elway’s Restaurant in the center core of DIA’s Concourse B will welcomes its first guests at any airport location. No word as to whether John Elway, former Broncos quarterback and now Executive Vice President of Football Operations, will be on hand at the opening of the new upscale restaurant that bear his name. It will be the fourth Elway’s, joining the flagship location in Cherry Creek and restaurants in Downtown Denver in the Ritz-Carlton Denver and in The Lodge at Vail in Vail.
Prime hand-cut steak, fresh fish and creative entrées and side dishes by Elway’s Culinary Director Tyler Wiard. DIA concessionaires David Mosteller and Dennis Deslongchamp as licensees for the DIA restaurant are charged with carrying out Wiard’s dishes Signatures include as hand-cut, aged USDA prime steaks, fresh seafood, Colorado rack of lamb and Elway’s Smash Burger, which is not the same as those found at the fast-casual Colorado-based Smashburger chain. Signature side dishes include such steakhouse classics as au gratin potatoes and creamed corn. Breakfast options include USDA Prime beef hash, chicken fried steak burrito, omelets and house-made granola. Elway’s will also have a full bar and creative wine list with 33 wines by the glass, 59 by the bottle and 4 on tap. Just the sort of pre-flight nourishment that can make even the long flight to Tokyo more tolerable.
All Nippon Airways now flying the long-delayed Boeing 787
Once again indicating that the balance of investment, if not always in innovation, has shifted eastward. An American aircraft company developed a state-of-the-art, high-tech passenger airplane, but an Asian airline was the first to put it into commerical service between two Asian countries.
Japan’s All Nippon Airways was the first to put the revolutionary Boeing 787 Dreamliner into service. Yesterday (or given the International Dateline perhaps the day before), a special charter flight of the new airliner took off from Tokyo after being christened with sake and landed in Hong Kong where it was welcomed by a dragon dance. Nothing like combining tradition with futurism.
You can watch a video of the CBS interview with Thomas Lee who was on the commerical inaugural, of click here for footage of the Dreamliner’s earlier maiden flight. How times have changed. In 1969, when Boeing introduced the 747, the world’s first widebody, Pan Am was the first to put it into service.
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.
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