Ever since Virgin Airlines burst into the industry in a big way, Boeing has sought to ameliorate the comfort and services they provide while 40,000 feet above the ground, and the 787 Dreamliner is the company's most bold attempt to claim the summit of commercial flight.
This coming Wednesday, the first of Boeing's newest charter planes will ferry passengers on the 12-hour journey between Tokyo and Hong Kong. But voyagers won't be falling into their ordinary sleep-eat-sleep routine on this flight. The 787 Dreamliner is a carbon-fiber vessel whose fuel efficiency has reduced the operating costs of flight by 30%, so expect cheaper fares. This added efficiency means no layovers, as the 787 Dreamliner will be able to fly from Houston to Auckland without those pesky Polynesian pit stops that travelers are so used to. To add to this the design includes larger windows, overhead cabins and more luxurious seating.