The Airplane of Your Dreams is Finally Here: Inside the New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Say hello to the 787-9 Dreamliner (Photo: Midland Airport/Flickr)
Ah, there’s nothing like that “new plane smell.”
The Dreamliner is coming to a carrier near you: the first U.S. carrier, United Airlines, took delivery of the dazzling new 787-9 plane from Boeing on Wednesday. On September 20, United will start flying the plane from Houston.
That means you’ll soon be able to fly the friendly skies in this super-sweet (and super-large; it’s even bigger than its predecessor, the 787-8) aircraft.
While the new Dreamliner lacks some airplane features that we dream about (a separate soundproof cabin for crying babies; automatic vodka dispensers at every seat), it does have several new extras that travelers will love. Here are the things you’ll love about the new Boeing 787-9:
…both in size and in range. The plane’s fuselage is 20 feet longer than its predecessor. Plus it has a range of 8,000-8,500 nautical miles (the 787-8 has a range of 7,650-8,200). Admit it; it’s kinda cool to be on the biggest plane on the runway.
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AND IT’S BIGGER ON THE INSIDE
It seats 280 passengers, nearly 40 more than its predecessor. Time will tell if that improves your chances of getting that last standby seat.