The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is designed to do away with some of the downsides of long-distance air travel, including ear popping, stuffy noses and dry skin suffered by passengers. The plane’s cabin supports higher levels of pressure, easing the jolts of takeoffs and landings. The overhead bins are said to be the largest on any plane, and the Dreamliner includes wider windows and quieter engines.
According to the AP, 90 journalists traveled with 150 other passengers in a demo flight on a 10-hour All Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong. Passengers interviewed on the flight generally agreed that the plane delivered on its promises of comfort.
Starting late next year, United Continental will be the first American airline to add the planes to its fleet.
No ear popping, dry eyes for 787 passengers [AP via The Seattle Times]