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10 reasons why Dreamliner flight makes the going easier

October 28, 2013 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59With the Boeing 787 Dreamliner about to begin domestic service in Australia and already serving Australia internationally, it’s time to remind clients of some of the advantages of flying in the technologically advanced jet.

These advantages have been largely overshadowed by a series of well-publicised glitches, involving batteries overheating and various other issues. The problems, hopefully, should soon be ironed out. Jetstar’s first Dreamliner will start operating domestic flights from 13 November 2013 and Air India is already using a Dreamliner to serve Australia. Dreamliner

For airlines, carbon fibre composite construction makes the Dreamliner lighter, thus lessening fuel burn and making the Dreamliner a very economical aircraft to operate.

There are advantages for passengers too. Here are 10 of them:

  1. Loads of locker space. The Dreamliner’s overhead storage bins are the biggest on any commercial aircraft – about 30% bigger than most. Passengers will welcome this, especially those travelling without checked luggage on cheaper tickets. The overhead luggage lockers slope back into the plane’s ceiling so are less intrusive. 
  1. Atmosphere more like that on earth. The Dreamliner’s air is more ‘normal’ than on other aircraft. Most airliners circulate air that’s drier than a desert wind but the humidity (moisture content) of air on the Dreamliner is similar to air at ground level outside. It is thus kinder to hair and skin. 
  1. More normal atmospheric pressure. All passenger aircraft are pressurised but the Dreamliner’s cabin pressure is set higher. That makes it closer to ground-level air pressure, instead of resembling the atmospheric pressure encountered on high hills or low mountains. The Dreamliner setting lets the blood absorb more oxygen, so passengers should feel better and suffer less jet-lag. 
  1. Lots of light and shade. The windows are 30% larger than those on most other aircraft and passengers can dim the windows by increasing the tint, at the touch of a button. 
  1. Moods catered for. The Dreamliner offers a wide repertoire of lighting effects, so lighting can be made restful or set to more alert mode, depending on the stage of the flight. 
  1. Smoother. Boeing has installed a turbulence-dampening system which should reduce bouncing as you fly. Sensors read the air in front of the plane and attempt to predict the effect it will have on the aircraft. Computers then send signals to the control surfaces to lessen the impact of turbulent air. As passengers on ships know well, however, it isn’t possible to eliminate turbulence. 
  1. Quieter. Those who have flown in the Dreamliner say it is far quieter inside than most airliners. It is certainly quieter outside, a boon for people living near airports. 
  1. Cheaper fares. These should be possible as airlines pass on to consumers savings gained through increased fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs. The highly competitive nature of commercial aviation keeps prices keen. 
  1. Seating will vary. This depends entirely on the airline and on the class of travel chosen. As the Dreamliner is a new aircraft, seats will, at the very least, be fresh and new for a while to come. 
  1. Fewer maniacs. Disturbing airborne reactions to alcohol or medication should be reduced, courtesy of the Dreamliner’s gentler, human-friendly air-pressure and humidity settings and its soothing light. This may cut back bizarre in-flight behaviour, which (while highly entertaining to write about!) is pretty grim when you encounter it in the air. Boeing is giving no guarantees that its Dreamliner will eliminate air-rage and in-flight frenzy entirely, but here’s hoping! 

Written by : Peter Needham

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  1. AgentGerko says:

    Peter, I’m glad you think numerous fires and a six month woldwide grounding is just a glitch. They probably said the same about the Comet, the Electra and the DC10. All turned out to be fine aircraft in the long term,, but thats not much condolence to those who perished prior to the glitches being fixed. Boeing rushed the 787 out to save itself from even more delay payments than they had already copped. Maybe in a year or two it wil be worth flying on. As for comfort, there’s more legroom on a prop to Canberra than Jetstars 30ins that they expect people to cope with on long distance flights.

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