On August 6th, Boeing unveiled the first Boeing 787 Dreamilner to be delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA). Invited guests and media were able to tour the interior of the aircraft and see what the future holds. This is my interior tour video with shots of the economy layout, the cockpit, some exterior shots and the new windows.
One of the first things passengers will notice, when boarding the 787, are the windows. The 787’s new composite body allowed Boeing to make the windows larger, allowing much more natural light into the cabin. Passengers will also notice a lack of sunshades, they have been replaced with a button where one can choose different levels of tinting. This means, even on the darkest tint, people can sleep or watch their in-flight entertainment, all while being able to see outside. The cabin crew have the ability to lighten or darken all the windows at the same time, which will reduce turn around time and eliminate having to ask passengers to raise or lower their shades (see photo of cabin in dim mode).
According to Jon Ostrower, Boeing has completed certification testing for the Dreamliner on August 13th. At this point, Boeing has not yet confirmed it, but an announcement is expected later today. Boeing has stated that they hope to complete FAA certification before the end of August to deliver the first aircraft (ZA101) to ANA in September. To date, seven 787 test planes have completed more than 4800 hours of flight testing.
No curtains needed. This is a Boeing paint hangar located at Paine Field and where the first ANA 787 Dreamliner was painted.
Since the outside and the inside of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is so amazing, I wanted to divide the photo posts into two. Earlier, I posted the interior tour of ANA’s first Boeing 787 and now it is time to take a look at the outside. Media was invited by Boeing and ANA to experience the roll out of this historic aircraft. It might not have been the first 787 to fly (this is airplane #8, called ZA101), but it will be the first Dreamliner to carry passengers.
The 787 (JA801A) was slowly backed out of the paint hangar, bringing the new livery out into the sun for the first time.
ANA announced a special 787 livery that would go on their first two Dreamliners during the Paris Airshow. They showed off nice looking computer renderings, but of course it is hard to get a full feel of a new livery without seeing it in person (or seeing photos). Media folks were lined up waiting to watch the paint hangar doors open. With the sound of bells, the door slowly opened up, showing off the 787’s new paint scheme. I know on previous comments some of you have been skeptical of this special livery. It is a bit different, but I can tell you that it looks more amazing in person and I really like it.
The 787 got towed right over the media. Right on. Notice the birds flying overhead.
As the 787 Dreamliner was being towed into place I was doing video and social media (I had a great friend, Nick Smith, helping me out with photos) and I wasn’t realizing how close the plane was getting to us. I was sitting on the ground and the right engine passed with-in a few feet as the wing went over head. Even the non-aviation geek media couldn’t help but say how awesome that was. The lighting for photos wasn’t the best, but this is the standard way the tug pulls aircraft out of the paint hangar and Boeing didn’t want to risk changing how things are done with the first 787 to be delivered.
It is cool to think all the people that this Dreamliner will fly during its lifespan.
ANA’s first two 787 Dreamliners will have this livery and the other 53 they have on order will sport their standard livery. I was told these liveries will last the life of the paint, which is expected to be about five to six years before it will need to be re-painted. Unfortunately there was no update from Boeing or ANA on when this aircraft will officially be handed over to the airline. At this point, it is expected it should be delivered sometime in September and about a month after that ANA will put the aircraft into service.
Even the non aviation geeks will tell this is the 787.
This is ANA's new international business class staggered seat on display at Boeing's Delivery Center.
Step by step Boeing is getting closer to delivering their first 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways (ANA). Today was a huge milestone with revealing the special livery and allow media, ANA employees and invited guests the opportunity to take a look at the inside. This first aircraft that will be delivered (ZA101 – JA801A) will fly domestically with-in Japan, so it has ANA’s new domestic interior. ANA is proud of their new international staggered business class, so they had a few seats on display at Boeing’s Delivery Center that we were able to preview before heading out to the hangar.
I decided to give the seat a shot. At 6’1″ 250lbs, I was hoping for the best. I have flown in ANA international business previously and I really enjoyed the old product. Honestly, I felt the new seats seemed a bit bland looking, but I was told they were designed to look futuristic. The older product has wood and really gives a warm feel, but I suspect the new product will look much better in the aircraft and it does provide a lot more privacy and space to store your things. It is hard to get the full feeling of the seat with only three in a row on display versus seeing it in staggered configuration inside an airplane. Because of that, I will reserve final judgement for testing it out on a future international ANA 787 flight (fingers crossed on that one) or possibly on the newer Boeing 777-300ERs that are also flying the new staggered business class.
The tinted windows on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes odd "mood" lighting in the cabin.
I have felt privileged to previously been able to take an interior tour of Boeing’s third 787 Dreamliner, ZA003, but that one did not have a full interior. This aircraft looked like it was ready to take on customers with a full interior and it had that new plane smell (which smells very similar to a new car smell). When first walking on the 787 you get a feeling of space — it is not just Boeing PR talk, it is true. There are literal reasons with the overhead bins providing more space and the fact that the 787’s cabin is about 2.5 feet wider than the 767. The 787 also has LED lighting in the ceiling that also gives a greater sense of height and space.
One window is clear, the other is darkened.
One of the many benefits of the 787 Dreamliner are the windows. Gone are the sunshades that either provide full light or complete darkness. The 787’s new smart-windows allow passengers to choose five different settings of tint. Even at the darkest setting, you are still able to see outside. The flight crew has control over all the windows at their computer station, giving them the ability to darken or lighten all the windows at the same time.
The best seats in the 787 Dreamliner are not in business class, but in the cockpit.
One cannot get a full interior tour, without a visit to the flight deck, which holds the best seats in the house. You could tell this 787 was new since there was protective plastic that was still on controls and displays around the cockpit. The pilots have an array of technology to make flying the aircraft easier and safer. Not only are there large screens that can easily show everything that is going on with the aircraft, but there are also Heads Up Displays (HUD) that allow the pilots to look out the front windscreen, while still seeing vital aircraft information like speed and altitude.
The center lavatory had a window. Notice the protective blue film still on the mirrors.
Since this was a 787 created for shorthaul flights, it has a small business class section and then economy in the rear of the aircraft. ANA was originally planning an economy-plus type section, but have decided not to implement that in this 787 for now.
Here I am talking with Ryosei Nomura, who is Senior Manager of Public Relations based in Japan, about my thoughts on the new interior.
One of the interior updates are the fixed back shell economy seats. Those are the type that you can still push your button and the bottom part will move forward, but your actual seatback will not recline. This is to help save space for those behind you. Talking to some ANA folks, they stated they have received some negative feedback, but I really like the concept of the seats. I am one that will rarely reclines my seat out of consideration of those behind me and I hate it when I am working on my laptop and the person in front of me puts back their seat. With the seat in the “reclined” position, my knees were hitting the seat on front of me, but I was assured the longer haul economy will have a larger seat-pitch. But with my seat “un-reclined” I had no problems. Since it is not as obviously if your seat is reclined, each seat has an indicator on the head rest which will quickly show the flight crew if the seat is in proper position for take off or landing.
ANA has decided to provide a double armrest in the middle of their 787 Dreamliners.
The first aircraft in domestic configuration is laid out with 12 business class seats in a 2-2-2 layout and 252 economy in a 2-4-2 layout. The short-haul international configuration will contain 42 business class seats and only 180 economy. The long-haul international ANA 787 will fly 46 of the new business class staggered seat and 112 economy, providing more seat-pitch than the domestic aircraft. One aspect of ANA’s economy that wasn’t at first obvious was the center armrests. No one likes to be sitting in the middle of a 2-4-2 layout, but ANA gives passengers a double arm rest in the middle, making the it less painful to have that middle seat.
For the average passenger, it might not be totally obvious they are in a new 787 Dreamliner. However, they should notice that there is something different, something better about the aircraft. For those of us who know airplanes, it is very obvious this is a next-generation airliner. Yes, the 787 has been delayed three years, but once people start flying on them, I doubt many will care. I cannot wait for this to become the new standard in world travel. A big thanks to Boeing and ANA for holding this event and inviting AirlineReporter.com along for the ride.
This is ANA's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (JA801A)
Today, Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) showed off the special livery on the first 787 Dreamliner (ZA101 – JA801A) that is expected to be delivered by the end of September.
As reported previously, the blue lines at the rear of the fuselage are designed to highlight how the three core elements of the airline’s service brand – innovation, uniqueness and the inspiration of modern Japan – operate across the ANA network. Only two Dreamliners will be painted in the special livery, the rest will be in standard ANA livery.
The airline has already announced that they will operate this first Boeing 787 Dreamliner as a charter international flight from Tokyo, Narita to Hong Kong one month after they take delivery.