Introduction. Recently, I had the privileged to get up close and personal with the 787 Dreamliner at Boeing’s hometown, Seattle Washington. A group of us, journalist and bloggers were there to get a closer look at Royal Brunei’s first two order of the 787 Dreamliner being put together.
- Part of the media group -
Brief history. The B787 Dreamliner was first launched almost 10 years ago in 2004. The first airline to order the 787 is ANA (All Nipon Airways), a whopping 50 units. In April 2005, the exterior look was revealed and in July 2007 the first Dreamliner was unveiled to the world. After extensive testing and modifications, the first test flight took off in 2009. The first 787 Dreamliner delivery to ANA finally took place September 26, 2011 and entered commercial service two months later.
Before visiting the Boeing’s massive factory at Everett, we were welcomed to the Dreamliner Gallery where we were given a detailed briefing about the history and innovations behind the 787 Dreamliner. The revolutionary design makes it simply more efficient, faster, quieter and overall gives more comfort the cabin crews and passengers. I’ll be covering them in detail in my next few post.
Boeing Dreamliner Galllery. I call this the ‘Pimp Your Dreamliner’ zone because this is where you go to configure the interior of your Dreamliner once you’ve made your order. A one-stop “shopping centre” to equip your plane according to your preference, identity and budget.
- The Gallery Reception -
- You can even have a bar setup if you wish -
- Your choice of seats. It’s like IKEA for planes -
"You will (be able to) see, touch, feel and experience competing offerings in seats and IFE, galley inserts, furnishings, and emergency equipment. Select interior color and décor that highlight and support your brand identity. Use the Light Lab to study how fabrics, carpet, drapes, airline uniforms and food will look under various light settings. Then see how selected lighting helps enhance the passenger experience as the settings are programmed and uploaded into an interior mock-up." - Boeing Dreamliner Gallery.
- Toilet with a view? -
- A mockup cockpit. Notice the overhead display -
- A mockup of the actual size of the interior. Notice how wide it is? -
My favorite part of the Gallery has to be the lighting options as you can pick and set the right mood not only for your plane but your food too! Anyway, this Gallery will overall save you time and money too from having to fly and visit different manufacturers from all over the world to get that right configuration and parts for your interiors.
- All the lights onboard are LED so it is more efficient and soothing too -
- Where you choose materials for your seats, walls and so on -
- Whatever colour combinations you want, they have it -
Current status. As of May 2013, the 787 Dreamliner program had logged 890 orders from 58 customers, with International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) having the largest number on order. Airlines currently operating the 787 Dreamliner are All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air India, LAN Airlines, United Airlines, Qatar Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Thomson Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Hainan Airlines.
- Boeing 787 Dreamliner First Flight -
When Royal Brunei takes delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner in late September 2013, it will be the first airline in Southeast Asia to operate it commercially. So if you’re flying sometime in October and beyond, you might just be able to experience the 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Next, a walk inside the largest building (by volume) in the world.