copter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 913 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1626 times:
I have flown on the 787 3 or 4 times, including Narita--Denver a couple of times and love it. First time was when UA was still doing local trips between ORD-IAH and we experienced a few minor glitches. My tv monitor had a small vertical line and I reported it to the staff and spoke with the Panasonic tech rep who was onboard. (I only reported it because it was a new airplane and most certainly still under Panasonic's warranty) I understand there was also a minor water leak in the galley.
Most recently I was on one this past Friday from Narita--Denver and experienced no problems other than the normal "touch screen inconvenience" caused by the dry air. A touch screen stylus works well for this however. I have experienced this situation on every in-flight touchscreen I have used!
Although I can't explain why, it does seem more comfortable than similar classes on other airframes. I've flown UA 787's in both C and Y classes.
AND, I love the windows!!!
Let's hear from the 787 bashers who have never flown on the airplane now...
DUSint From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 152 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1613 times:
For the moment, I only can draw some conclusions from to short haul flights on the 787:
- One with LOT (before the grounding) in Dec. 2012 HAJ-WAW in Y (9 abreast);
- One with BA this August LHR-ARN in Y+ (7 abreast).
Both were on time (I somehow was a bit worried about this...) and I liked both flights.
I have a sweet spot for most widebodies, but I start to like the feeling to be on board of a rather "smallish" plane being able to cover really large distances.
I can't really comment about the 9 abreast as I had an empty seat beside me.
I loved however the World Traveller + by BA. We also got a nice present by the pilots when they suddenly did a go-around while approaching ARN. It felt quite sporty and agile. As a plus we had very nice fews on the swedish scenery in the evening sun. Perfect.
What I did not like on the LOT 787 was the really enerving high-pitched sound of the generators. I sat just aft of the wing.
On the BA plane I couldn't really notice this sound, but maybe only because WT+ is in front of the wings?
Does anyone know if Boeing made some effective changes regarding this sound?
Aaahh... Turn it off! Please!!
Yes, that's it. Thanks.
It started shortly after engine start up. While taxiing it turned off. Then, while beginning the take off run, it went on again.
Very distincitve are the last 10 sconds of the video, as you can hear how the high pitched sound goes down to a lower frequency.
DUSint From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 152 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1463 times:
Quoting aloges (Reply 6): Was it the one on 23 December? I was on that, too... loved it, but that may just have had something to do with my seat upgrade.
So maybe the reason for the empty seat beside me was you...
I have to admit that it felt a bit like russian Roulette - would I be back with my family for Christmas Eve...?
(Of course I am talking of delays only - I never feared something serious could happen!!)
shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6203 posts, RR: 15 Reply 9, posted (1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1334 times:
I've had three short haul flights on the 787, two with LOT last December/January and one with Norwegian this July. Both airlines feature 9 abreast seating but I always had a row to myself so can't really comment on how comfortable or uncomfortable it would be, I did feel the LOT seating was a little narrow and their IFE system was disappointing but that's not an issue exclusive to that type of aircraft.
While the mood lighting is nice, it's not unique to the 787 and neither is the high ceiling and overhead lockers but the windows are incredible and the amount of natural light filling the cabin is very impressive compared to other aircraft, the sun was setting during one of the LOT flights and the orange glow from outside lit the entire cabin and created a feeling of being more connected with the outside environment instead of being stuck in a flying metal tube. It didn't matter if you were sitting in the very middle of the aircraft, the effect from the large windows could still be felt.
The wing is beautiful to look at, the curves and extreme wing flex makes it the best looking wing since Concorde in my opinion. The air on board also felt a little fresher, normally the second I'm in my seat I turn on the fresh air vent to get some cool air circulating as I hate the stuffiness of most aircraft cabins but I didn't need that with the 787, it already felt cool and the air seemed clean which just added to the comfort.
I agree with DUSint about the noise, the engines are quiet but the rest of it is not! During boarding, start up and taxi there was an array of different noises from around the aircraft, all loud and mechanical sounding with the worst being that high pitched whine. I've just had my first A380 flight and it was much quieter, I was actually surprised at how much quieter it was compared to the 787 considering it has older engines and there's four of them! The only thing louder on the A380 was the flaps and landing gear.
aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6736 posts, RR: 13 Reply 10, posted (1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1295 times:
I only flew nrt-sjc on nh. It feels like a cross between a 763 and a 332 to fly on. The windows take a little adjusting to I think, just for the contrast instead of same coloured shades. I felt no different after tbh, I may try another one in 3 weeks or so. Same same but different, just another twin IMO.
baldwin471 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 243 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 922 times:
This was taken aboard DY7201 from OSL - BKK last month. Flight was good. Like others have mentioned, very horrible electrical whine during start-up. Flaps are fairly quiet, and the engines are quiet enough too. The wings are incredible to behold, especially from where I sat.
IFE was good. Slightly small screen which was disappointing.
To be honest it felt incredibly like the 77W in flight. Which certainly isn't a bad thing.