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Here's the Really, Really Important Reason Boeing Has to Reboot Its Aircraft So Often

May 13, 2015 at 2:35 PM | by | ()

If you’re a panicky flyer, click back now — because you won’t want to read about the computer glitch in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. According to a recent FAA report, a software bug in the 787 Dreamliner causes the airliner’s electrical system to — how to put this lightly? — fail, ultimately resulting in what the FAA calls, “loss of control” of the aircraft.

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There's Two More Chances to Fly an American Airlines 787 Inaugural (For Now)

May 8, 2015 at 4:42 PM | by | ()

Yesterday marked the very first day of regular commercial flights for American Airlines' newest to their fleet: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The brand new plane, the first for AA of 42 787s on order, left Dallas-Ft Worh Airport for Chicago-O'Hare, a typically rote domestic flight turned celebration for the introduction of the aircraft.

Now we have good news and bad news.

The bad news is that the AA 787, which has already been inducted into domestic service, has had her party and you're a little late to it. The good news is that, with American welcoming more than just one 787, there's plenty more partying in the near future.

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Snap a Selfie Onboard a Virgin Atlantic 787, Then Facebook It for Free

April 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM | by | ()

Selfie sticks may be increasingly banned at destinations, but the original handheld selfie is still very much alive, even in the air. Beginning this month, Virgin Atlantic is offering "#SkyhighSelfie spots" onboard the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Virgin Atlantic teased the #SkyhighSelfie spot as early as October 2014, when their 787 made its inaugural flight from London to Boston. Now, finally, the spots are up and available, which look to be located on walls near the galleys.

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What to Look For When Booking on American Airlines' New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

February 16, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

As promised, American Airlines worked through this long weekend to open up booking for the first flights of their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and there's good news and bad news.

The good news is that both inaugurals—between Dallas-DFW and Chicago-ORD on May 7—still have some seat availability.

The bad news is that those seats won't come cheap; American is managing demand by making the 787-operated flights that day the most expensive, from nearly $500-$600 each way when the other flights (mostly operated by MD-80s) are $109. It's a 2.5-hour flight, which is a challengingly short period of time to enjoy such a festive flight and still push all the buttons and flip all the switches on the new in-flight entertainment, new seats, and new...well...everything else (auto-closing toilet lids!).

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Finally! American Airlines Reveals 787 Dreamliner Launch Dates, Routes, Interior

February 11, 2015 at 1:13 PM | by | ()

Forget Valentine's Day. February 14, for frequent flyers, has a new meaning this year thanks to a big announcement today from American Airlines. This Saturday, a date typically reserved for boxes of chocolates and flower bouquets, will be the day reservations open for domestic and international flights on AA's brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Wait—that's not all.

Along with the tease to get your credit cards ready for this Saturday's ticket rush, American Airlines also granted the first peek inside the plane, posting three photos each of Business Class and Economy Class to their social media networks.

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What's So Special About Today's American Airlines 787 Landing at DFW

January 23, 2015 at 4:06 PM | by | ()

TGIF! Not only is Friday the best of the week because it means the weekend is here, but this Friday in particular ranks highly as it marks the day American Airlines flies their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (of the 42 they have on order) home to Dallas.

The aircraft—gleaming in the "New American" striped livery— flew earlier this morning from Boeing's factory in Everett, WA , slicing the skies with its raked, carbon fiber wings before a scheduled 4:21pm landing time at American's HQ at Dallas-Ft Worth DFW. The airline signed the final documents and symbolically took the key for the plane from Boeing just yesterday, but don't expect to be able to book a ticket on it until this spring at the earliest.

The details of the arrival, according to Dallas News:

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Did You Know That Boeing 787s are Already Flying to Cuba?

Where: Varadero, Cuba
January 2, 2015 at 2:10 PM | by | ()

The new year has barely been around for 48 hours and already it's brought two big surprises when it comes to Cuba travel. Firstly, January's onboard issue of United's Hemispheres magazine shows Havana added to their "where we fly" destination map, albeit in the color of a codeshare and not a forthcoming United nonstop. Secondly, Cuba welcomed the arrival of Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The 787, flown by Dutch airline ArkeFly touched down just before midnight on December 31, meaning that planeload of passengers no doubt celebrated the arrival of 2015 with their own arrival to Cuba's popular beach destination.

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5 Ways to Spend United MileagePlus Miles and Get More Than a Glass of Wine

December 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

A few weeks ago, United began trialing a program at Newark Airport. It essentially allowed frequent flyers to redeem those hard-earned MileagePlus miles for food in some restaurants in the terminal. While it might be cool to just swipe your boarding pass and pay from your account, at about 1,000 miles for a glass of wine, the conversion rates aren't the most favorable.

This got us thinking that there are plenty of other United products better worth the miles than an overpriced meal in an overpriced airport restaurant...

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Virgin Atlantic's 30th Birthday Brings the Boeing 787-9 to Boston

October 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

This isn't just any Tuesday. Today Virgin Atlantic becomes the 25th airline to fly a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as they inaugurate their new arrival with flights between London-Heathrow and Boston-Logan.

This isn't just any 787, either. Virgin Atlantic is the first European airline to welcome the longer, cooler 787-9 to their fleet, and they do so on their own 30th birthday as an airline, hence the aircraft's name, "Birthday Girl" G-VNEW.

Inside are 198 Economy, 35 Premium Economy, and 31 Upper Class seats, plus a new "Wander Wall" concept in Premium Economy. This is essentially a snack-and-chat station, since the bar is reserved for Upper Class only. Speaking of that bar—it's been redesigned to fit within the 787-9, but you'll still be able to pop on a barstool and order a Virgin Redhead somewhere 38,000' above the Atlantic Ocean. Instagram it instantly, thanks to long-haul in-flight WiFi onboard.

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All Jet, No Lag: Inside Premium Economy and Economy on Air Canada's New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Where: Toronto, Canada
August 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | ()

[Also check out Part 1, Business Class]

Premium Economy is so hot right now.

Or, rather, the class between Economy and Business has been a popular addition to aircraft for many years now, every since Virgin Atlantic introduced it way, way back in 1992(!!), but some airlines have held off and, in turn, benefitted from the wait by introducing Premium Economy classes with all the latest bells and whistles.

One such airline is Air Canada, who put their first Premium Economy cabin in the air with the arrival to their fleet of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Flying AC006—11 hours back from Tokyo-Haneda to Toronto-Pearson—we settled into a window seat and experienced what this new class for Air Canada was all about.

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All Jet, No Lag: The Ultimate Guide to Flying Business Class on Air Canada's Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Where: Toronto, Canada
August 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | ()

[Also check out Part 2, Premium Economy and Economy]

"Whoever said man wasn't meant to fly didn't see this coming."

These were the words printed on a banner welcoming passengers to gate 172 at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on July 15, 2014.

Outside the windows was one of Air Canada's airplanes, sitting chill in her ice blue livery and scarlet maple leaf logo while a flurry of ground vehicles prepared her for a 12-hour flight to Tokyo. Passengers waiting to board forwent selfies and instead pointed their cameras outside, at this aircraft which stars in the celebration of a new era for Canadian aviation.

But, um, hasn't Air Canada been flying from Toronto to Tokyo for, like, decades? Yes, yes they have, but never before to the Japanese capital's other, very recently updated and better located airport of Haneda, and never before with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Flight AC005 is non-stop from YYZ to HND, a lengthy trip which gives the benefits of the 787—the greater cabin humidity, lower altitude level, improved personal space, and fuel efficiency—a chance to strut their stuff. It was, in fact, the longest flight we've ever done in a 787, and absolutely one of the best in our own travel log.

Now, let's delve into the delicious details:

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First! What Airline Will Claim the Inaugural Boeing 787-9 Flight?

August 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM | by | ()

Just when it seemed that front page focus on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner would peter out now that Boeing has delivered over 160 of them, the aircraft is again making headlines with the launch of a new version: the 787-9.

What that little "-9" brings is a bigger plane, as we've explained, and this week marks the introduction of the airliner to its first regularly scheduled commercial routes.

Who will have the honor of being first to fly the 787-9? The answer is figuratively up in the air, as both Air New Zealand and ANA are in a tug-of-war for the title. Let's break it down:

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