So, You Want To Buy A Boeing 787 Dreamliner?
So, you wan to buy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner? Our first question is: do you have between $190 million and $220 million dollars? Our second question: do you have somewhere to park it?
If you've answered to both questions above, then it's high time you paid a visit to Boeing's Dreamliner Gallery, a 787 shopping mall of sorts, where airline customers come to pick out all the goodies they want insidefrom seats to bun warmers. It's a nice building all its own, and pretty much a playground for anyone who enjoys airplanes.
There's an entire room just for economy, business class and first class seat options, and a wall of TVs for in-flight entertainment choice. Lavatories galore, crew galleys empty of their ovens, and a another wall just for showcasing the variety of ovens and coffee makers that may be installed.
The coolest nook is slightly hidden; it's the mock cabin, complete with the Dreamliner's LED lighting, overhead bins and some seats. It's here an airline can lay out fabrics (or in-flight meals!) to see how they look under the many lighting schemes. Indeed airline customers will bring in their flight attendants in uniform to practice entire cabin services to test how smoothly everything meshes.
The Dreamliner Gallery is pretty much the ideal field trip destinationthough we doubt any classes of schoolchildren have let loose in hereas there's even a Dreamliner version of a treehouse. These are mock-ups of the crew rest areas, which airlines may order for their long-haul 787s. Up though a trapdoor, the pilots enjoy two cozy niches, while the flight attendants can have up to six. No windows, though.
Curious about the finished interior and exterior of ANA's new baby? See our shots of that here and here.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]