Here’s Why the Boeing 787 Is a Huge Success

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Things are looking good for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Even though the plane, which debuted in 2011, got off to a rocky start with some engine fires, the carbon-fiber plane, is well-liked by airlines and passengers alike.

Passengers enjoy the quieter engines, air that’s pressurized at a lower altitude (which makes for more humid air on the flight) and the 30 percent larger windows than a traditional plane. Not to mention the turbulence stabilizer, which offers a much smoother ride than other jetliners.

Boeing 787-10

Japan-based All Nippon Airlines (ANA) now flies 50 787 Dreamliners, the most of any airline.

“The 787 Dreamliner has played a significant role in opening up new routes into new markets, while also forming the backbone of our long-haul fleet,” said Osamu Shinobe, president and CEO, ANA in a statement. “As the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner family, we are proud to welcome the 50th 787 Dreamliner into our fleet, where it will continue to serve our passengers with the most innovative and memorable flying experience.”

Not to mention, the 787 has saved ANA tens of millions of dollars in fuel costs.

“ANA took delivery of its 50th 787 today, and relayed this message to media in attendance,” said Randy Tinseth,  vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle. “Compared to 767, the Dreamliner saves the airline $98 million a year in fuel. That’s an endorsement that speaks directly to any airline’s bottom line.”

Have you ever flown on the 787? Please let us know in the comments section below!

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  1. A huge success? For whom? You need to be more specific in your post which is filled with non-specifics.
    Boeing continues to lose millions of dollars on every 787 they sell. Most analysts and insiders agree that Boeing will never actually make money on the 787 program. They just wrote off almost $1 Billion on two of the early production 787s they couldn’t sell.
    Surely not a “Huge Success” for Boeing.

    Do your research.

  2. I remember an old business adage that said you’re only good by comparison. Compared to the Airbus a380, which needs an estimated 1,000 planes to just break even but has only about 320 orders, the Dreamliner has a comparitively good chance at providing Boeing with success by any measure. Oh, and remember the Qantas a380 with the exploding engine that nearly brought the plane down? Airframe builders don’t build the engines so that has little to do with whether or not the plane itself is any good. Over 1,000 787s are built or on order so maybe the airlines are on to a good thing.

  3. Fuel efficient airframes are really exciting when fuel is costly. When the price of oil is low, loads of 777’s are available for, almost free.
    On a personal level I prefer flying on new aircraft but I understand that many of these airframes that are being parked have decades of life left. With the right airfares and comfort, you can be sure that few will diffrentiate or complain about the older aircraft.

  4. Flew a 787-8 in Y on Air Europa, and it was quite nice for the reasons that you mentioned in the post. Still, in coach, I prefer the a330/340 2-4-2 or 767 2-3-2 to the 787 3-3-3 configuration. Best would be a 787 with 2-4-2, but most airlines can’t resist the temptation to jam an extra row of seats in there.

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