It has been running three years late, but on Wednesday in Hong Kong, Boeing‘s 787 Dreamliner arrived on schedule, touching down at the end of a maiden commercial flight that some believe will usher in a new era of fuel-efficient civil flight.
The All Nippon Airways (ANA) Flight NH7871 left Tokyo shortly after noon, arriving four hours and eight minutes later to be greeted by traditional dance and music, but also doubts about its viability. The plane will return to Japan on Thursday before going into proper commercial service on two of ANA’s domestic routes.
The 264 passengers included scores of journalists, Boeing and ANA executives, aviation enthusiasts, and a Florida couple who paid thousands of dollars to be aboard. Boeing officials say the aircraft, which is made of lightweight materials, is 20% more fuel-efficient than conventional airliners and 30% cheaper to maintain, and features design improvements for more comfortable medium- and long-haul flights.
by The Punjapit Alliance