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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed Bush Intercontinental Airport 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, November 4

Boeing finally sent its 787 Dreamliner on its North American debut Sunday morning after several delays over the years

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed Bush Intercontinental Airport 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, November 4. The new plane carried over 200 passengers from Houston to Chicago, touching the ground two and a half hours after taking off. 

Shortly before the flight took place, United Airlines completed its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification process for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

"I want to thank my co-workers who worked so carefully and professionally to get United certified to operate the Dreamliner," said Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc. (the holding company for United Airlines). "Many people from across the company put in a lot of work to help us induct and prepare to operate the 787, and I'm proud to share this important day with all of them."

The 787 Dreamliner was delayed for years before this official debut, mainly due to manufacturing and cost-related issues. Delays have dated back as far as 2008.

?787 Dreamliner business first cabin

The first 787 Dreamliner made its maiden flight in December 2009.

The 787 Dreamliner is an efficient airplane made of lightweight carbon composites, which features a whole new passenger experience with dimmable windows, LED lights, reclining business class seats and even higher humidity. These lighter materials mean airlines can use less fuel.

The Dreamliners have 36 first-class seats, 70 premium-economy seats and 113 economy seats. United said it ordered 50 787s. 

Source: United Hub

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RE: 787
By Reclaimer77 on 11/5/2012 3:47:16 PM , Rating: 1
I hate flying in an Airbus with a passion. They are loud as hell, no sound dampening to speak of. They rattle like crazy and don't give you a smooth ride, and the seats are like marble slabs.

RE: 787
By Heidfirst on 11/5/2012 5:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
the seats at least are a customer (i.e. airline) choice & are made by 3rd party vendors.
You therefore have as much chance of getting the ones that you don't like on either Boeing or Airbus.

RE: 787
By syslog2000 on 11/5/2012 5:45:27 PM , Rating: 2

If you really believe this, then I must conclude that you don't fly a lot.
You clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

RE: 787
By Gungel on 11/5/2012 6:34:07 PM , Rating: 2
Talking about loud airplain interiors, the MD80's rear seats are the worst.

RE: 787
By DanNeely on 11/5/2012 9:04:58 PM , Rating: 2
Won't argue about them being noisy and (in AA's case anyway) shabby relics; but as a large man I'll take the extra 3/4" seat width over the 737 for as long as they keep flying.

RE: 787
By Bad-Karma on 11/6/2012 12:58:04 PM , Rating: 2
Talking about loud airplain interiors, the MD80's rear seats are the worst.

The two engine intakes two feet away from your window might have something to do with that.....

RE: 787
By Ammohunt on 11/5/2012 9:45:56 PM , Rating: 2
Thats been my experience as well rattle traps you can hear ever adjustment the pilot makes in flight and at take off. You can hear the whole process when they retract the landing gear. 777 and the 767 are a well built fast and quiet.

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