One unnamed flier scored two seats on the inaugural flight of the brand new 787 Dreamliner...for a bid of $31,500 on eBay. Starting at $1,761, the auction was held by All Nippon Airways (ANA) with proceeds going to the Conservation International Japan.
The Dreamliner has had some difficulties getting off the ground;(figuratively speaking, of course): it's been delayed for 3 years, has been accused of hacker vulnerability and structural weakness, and has also been victim to one onboard fire.
Alright, so that makes it sound worse than it is. The promise of a 20% increase in fuel efficiency is enough to keep the 787 Dreamliner afloat, but so are all the additional improvements. Ever wonder why they call it the "Dreamliner"? It's the first twin-engine, lightweight jetliner in the world, and it guarantees a more comfortable, smoother flight for passengers. Those with a fear of flying will rejoice.
What else? Improved cabin air (we're grateful for that one), bigger windows that can be electronically dimmed, and even toilets with bidets...a favorite of the Japanese. It also has larger stow-bins, and a more comfortable interior environment complete with color lighting to simulate the feeling of sunrise and the open sky.
The world is waiting eagerly to take a spin in the new Dreamliner, it seems, but if you're in Seattle on October 9th, swing by the Museum of Flight for a little introduction to the new aircraft. You'll get up close-viewing, flight simulation, and even a chat with Randy Neville, the pilot who took the Dreamliner on its historic first flight.