United 787 LAX Nov 2012 -003

A couple of day ago Travel and Leisure asked me (and other industry folks) if I would fly on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner. I replied “I would get on one of the Dreamliner’s tomorrow if it was a short hop (1-3 hours). But with all of their ‘teething’ problems I wouldn’t feel comfortable flying over an ocean until everything has been figured out.”

That was before Japan, the FAA and six of the eight airlines grounded them for problems related to the batteries and electrical system.

If I was asked today I would have to change my reply since I wouldn’t feel too comfortable flying on one these birds for at least a couple of weeks (or months). I would want to make sure all the kinks have been worked out. How about you? Would you fly on the 787 today?

FYI: If you are wondering where the photo pictured above came from, back in November I took a tour of United’s 787 at LAX  (photos below). I also got a tour Boeing’s 787 factory in Everett, Washington.

Use your United miles to fly United's 787.
Use your United miles to fly United's 787.
United's Business Class seats
United's Business Class seats

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2 Comments On "Inside Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. Would You Fly It?"
  1. Rod Wilson|

    No I would not fly. Why would you build a plane or anything for that matter around a battery thst is predisposed to explode under many different senarios?

  2. Andy Brown|

    It’s not just the batteries. There’s the cracked windscreen and the fuel leaks too. That’s quite a record for a plane that’s not been in service for a year yet. How many other bugs lay undiscovered and which ones do we discover at 35,000 ft.

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