Hong Kong Welcomes First Commercial Dreamliner Flight

Boeing’s much-anticipated 787 carried its first passengers on a four-hour, eight-minute flight filled with cheers, picture-taking and swapping of aviation stories, yesterday.

The new long-haul jet aims to change the way passengers think about flying with larger windows, improved lighting and air pressure and humidity that more closely resembles that on the ground.

It’s not the fastest or the largest jet but the plane, nicknamed The Dreamliner by Boeing, is built of lightweight materials that promise to dramatically improve fuel efficiency.

The first flight, from Tokyo to Hong Kong, was filled with 240 aviation reporters and enthusiasts – some of whom paid thousands of dollars for the privilege.

“It’s silly, but it’s a little piece of history. New cars come out all the time but how often do new planes come out?” said Stephanie Wood.

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