Last Friday the Boeing 787 Dreamliner paid a visit to American Airlines and DFW. A few hundred people from American, DFW airport, Boeing, and the media were on hand at an American Airlines hanger to see the plane as it made its Dallas stop on the Boeing Dream Tour.
The Dreamliner had spent the week in D.C. and was about 45 minutes late arriving at DFW due to storms in the North Texas region.
American had an ice cream truck on hand giving out Blue Bell Dreamsicles and bottled water, and the flight delay gave people more time to visit and ended up adding to the festive atmosphere.
American’s CEO Tom Horton was on hand, visiting with guest and chatting with AA employees.
The Dreamliner landed and received a water salute, then was towed into the hanger.
Airport officials and Boeing executives offered a few short remarks to the audience, then American CEO Tom Horton spoke for a few minutes.
He got a big round of applause with his comment:
“Wow. Is that a great-looking bird?… It’s going to look better in silver!”
A couple of other highlights from the speech:
“Our greatest strength has been, and will always be, our people, who’ve risen to the challenge over the last five months and stepped up for our customers in a big way.”
“Today, we’re getting another glimpse of our future–the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Boeing is a world-class partner, and this plane is a spectacular achievement.”
I’ve seen video and photos of the 787 in flight and one of it’s most distinguishing characteristics is the upward sweep of the wings. I thought that it was mostly due to airflow. I was surprised to learn that it’s the shape of the wing.
On the ground, the sweep of the wingtips is just as prominent. The Dreamliner looks like it’s in flight even when it’s parked in a hanger.
Here are some more photos:
AA Gate Agent Robin giving me a demo of the overhead luggage compartment. She had stopped by to see the plane on her way home from work. She was so excited to see the Dreamliner that she gave me a quick tour of some of the features.
Onboard espresso machine!!
You can see the complete photo set on Flickr. I’ve also created a short, 1 minute slideshow of the photos.
It’s a gorgeous plane. I talked to someone that had been a passenger on the 787 that oneworld member JAL just put into service between Boston and Tokyo. He said that the because of the greater cabin air pressure and higher humidity he felts less jet lagged, and tired from the long 13 hour flights.
American has more than 40 on order and the first on is set to be delivered in 2014. I can’t wait to earn some AAdvantage miles riding one!
Which brings me to the reader giveaway.
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I’m revealing my age, but my first plane ride was on a Boeing 727. Do you remember yours? Share the aircraft type of your first flight in the comments section.
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Here’s a highlight video that American posted on YouTube.
For more photos, go visit The Happy Flyer. He was there too and has a great post about the event.
Good luck and have a great weekend!!