Quiet. That would be the word for United's Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as the first one for the US airline zipped into the skies yesterday morning on its maiden revenue flight, meaning there were actual paying passengers onboard. The flight, UA 1116 from Houston (HOU) to Chicago (ORD) hit its halfway point at 9:30am EST, meaning those passengers and invited guests sitting pretty in the whisper-quiet cabin were effectively sneaking in the special event before much of the country could wake up.
One such flyer was our buddy (and uber-major United frequent flyer) Peter Shankman, who filed this short video report from Economy Class:
Awww, the little airplane we first spotted on the Boeing 787 assembly line back in September 2011, when we watched ANA take delivery of the very first 787, is all out there now and making its own way. A quick look back at United 787's recent history: July 2012 revealed the livery; August 2012 brought a boasty infographic; and September 2012 completed the delivery.
The inaugural route
While you wait to fly the UA 787, be sure to check out our own first-person looks at both the ANA 787 and the LAN 787.