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Rave reviews for 787

Makes me feel good. Boeing promised 20% and to be hitting 21% with improvements to come is a good thing. Passengers seem happy too. ( More...

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Edward Moad 7
Better late than never, or is it better late than a bunch of A380 CW's ( cracked Wings ) The old saying is "Why is there never enough time to do the right, but always enough time to do it over...)
I won't fly in a A380, who knows when the wings will fall off.
Wingscrubber 6
But you'd probably be happy to fly on a 747 though right? Those had wing cracks when they were new too.
conortodd 0
Well they didn't know better in the sixties when they were building the first jumbo, did they? They didn't have the advanced methods of looking into materials, into the crystal structure of metals, to see what was going on inside of them. I'm glad that Airbus (and others) are finding these cracks, etc., before something catastrophically bad happens.

Although how Quantas flight 32 happened, I'll never know (an entire blisk missing from the engine?!?).
hamzah bismillah -8
Ken McIntyre 3
I don't want to fly on the 380 for a different reason. The long wait to get on, get off, and at baggage claim. I'm not too worried about the cracks, they don't sound serious. Yet. One of these days a 380 somewhere in the world will find some moderate to severe turbulence. Then we'll see...
hamzah bismillah -8
be safe ugly pants asdfghjkl;fhjkjhbvb
Ryan Flynn 5
THE launch customer for the Boeing 787 says it is getting better than the promised 20 per cent improvement in efficiency on long-haul routes.

ANA became the first airline to fly the composite airliner in October last year. there was some suggestion that earlier versions of the plane might not meet specification in actual airline service, but this appears not to be the case.

This is good news for customers such as Qantas, which has ordered 50 of the aircraft and plans to introduce the first 15 into the cut-throat, low-cost world of Jetstar.

ANA, which has seven of the planes, plans to take delivery of 55 by 2017 and chief executive Shinichiro Ito said the airline had bedded down well and was achieving what Boeing had promised.

“For long haul, it is slightly over 20 per cent fuel economy,’’ Mr Ito said though an interpreter, adding the figures were "very good".

The 21 per cent increase in fuel efficiency over the Boeing 767 equates to a saving of 5400 kilolitres of fuel, or the amount used on the Tokyo-Frankfurt route for month.

The aircraft was also proving popular with customers, who noticed the airliner’s lower cabin pressure, higher humidity and windows, Mr Ito said at the International Air Transport Association annual meeting in Beijing.

The more frequently he passenger flew, the more they noticed the difference, he said.

The new plane can accommodate higher humidity and cabin pressure because of its unique composite hull. This also allows windows that are much bigger than existing aircraft. These combine with a sculpted cabin to give an improved sense of space and light.

An ANA customer survey of Boeing 787 passengers to be released today found that nine in 10 said the 787 experience exceeded expectations and a quarter said they would go out of their way to fly in the plane again.

The survey of 800 passengers flying the Dreamliner from Tokyo to Frankfurt found four in five believed the new aircraft's higher humidity levels met or exceeded expectations and 92 per cent said the cabin ambience was as good as or better than they expected.

Air quality and cabin pressure met or exceeded expectations for nine in 10 passengers and four in 10 said headroom was better than expected.

The big windows met or exceeded the expectations of 90 per cent of passengers and passengers commented favourably on the aircraft’s electronic blinds, which can dim the windows by pressing button.

“Nearly half of passengers said window dimmability was better than they expected while a further 38 per cent said it fully met expectations," ANA said.

Four in 10 of those surveyed had chosen the flight because it was on a Dreamliner and 98 per cent said they would fly it again. Only 12 per cent had not heard of the plane before they got on board.
Wingscrubber 2
'...who noticed the airliner’s lower cabin pressure, higher humidity and windows...'
Interpreter fail. Hopefully it has HIGHER cabin pressure, maybe he meant lower altitude cabin pressure.
Dubslow 1
Article is mostly blocked...
Seems like this is part of the Wall Street Journal group. Need to "pay" to read.
Perhaps all we can get is the Ryan Flynn post - sigh.....
Ricky Scott 0
it was open when I found it. Let me find another link
Ricky Scott 0
Bummer cant find any right now. Our own internal news notes point to that article.
Ev Butler -3
Looks like more "bait and switch" advertising. It would be great if the whole article could be read. I never thought that this site would resort to advertising tactics just to read an article.
zennermd 2
These squawks are posted by people. It isn't flightaware's fault, it is whom ever controls the article.
kevincw01 1
this is what they call a "pay wall". Ya it sucks and I usually try to find alterantive sources but I guess I can't blame them. The banner ads were not paying the bills anymore and their bread & butter print subscriptions are drying up.
Could it be that if Qantas ordered as soon as ANA they would have their 787 by now? Just asking, don't claim to know the answer.
hamzah bismillah -3
be safe on you 20 an 21% improvents


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