The first ever commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is clear for take-off.
More than 200 lucky passengers got the chance to take the inaugural flight from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport Sunday morning.
The 7:20am flight to Chicago took off after a ribbon cutting by United Airlines executives.
United President and CEO Jeff Smisek described the Dreamliner as a state of the art addition to their fleet saying, “If you want to be the world’s leading airline, you need to have the world’s leading airplane and we have that today in the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.”
Cliff Pittman, a pilot with United for nearly 35 years agreed, “It’s significantly better in the perspective of flight operations and flight performance. The electronic systems are state of the art.”
Passengers will also notice a difference.
“The moisture in the air will be a more comfortable ride as well as the pressurization.” said Pittman.
According to Boeing’s website, passengers will also notice dynamic LED lighting, bigger windows, spacious storage and a smoother ride.
Those amenities didn’t seem to matter to self-proclaimed ‘plane buff’ Thomas Lee who boarded Sunday’s flight.
“I happen to have the pleasure of flying on the very first flight of the 747 in 1970, the A380 flight in October 2007 and the first 787 flight October 2011, so it’s a tremendous honor to be here today and fly the first domestic flight of the 787 as well” said Lee.