The Boeing Dreamliner is an astonishing piece of technology, and promises to significantly impact the future of commercial aviation. 50% of the primary structure is made from composite materials, the interior is wide and open and spacious, humidity can be maintained allowing for more comfortable flight, assembly required less than 10,000 holes in the fuselage (contrasted to over 1,000,000,000 in the 7474), it’s 20% more fuel efficient than similar sized planes, and the list goes on and on.
It’s been a long time since this plane, also called the 787, was announced (back on 7/8/7), and so today’s planned maiden flight is an important milestone.
I do intend to fly this plane as soon as I can! My local carrier, Northwest Airlines, had announced that they would be the first US carrier to fly the Dreamliner 787. Northwest is now part of Delta, and I’m hoping that the original 787 plans are kept, although I’ve not found any comment on the subject to date.
Regardless, to the good people at Boeing (many of whom are loyal ColdFusion customers), congratulations on achieving this truly momentous milestone (And I’ll reiterate my offer, you need beta fliers, feel free to ping me!).