|Quoting Leskova (Reply 49):|
I'm pretty certain that the general public will be calling it "That plane we flew in... you know... that Boeing or something"...
The general public doesn't give squat about that name - and whether or not someone will welcome a passenger "onboard the B787 Dreamliner" or not, most people won't even be listening - and two thirds will be thinking afterwards "What type of plane did they just mention?".
Imagine the future set of conversations:
Passenger getting on a 350: "Hey, this looks like that Dreamliner"
Seat neighbor: "Yeah, it does"
A.netter across the aisle: "Yes, but it's not a Dreamliner, it's an Airbus 350"
Seat neighbor: "Airbus makes Dreamliners too - I saw photos of it on CNN and it looked just like this."
A.netter: "Umm, no, they don't."
Seat neighbor: "Well, I fly five times a year so I know what I'm talking about."
Passenger's wife after the airport pick-up: "How was your flight?"
Passenger: "It was great, we flew on one of those Airbus Dreamliners. Next time I go, I'm going to make sure it's on one of those."
Naturally, the passenger will only look at price when booking the next trip, and won't give a damn about the aircraft type (or know where to find it on the website), but I wouldn't be surprised if the "Dreamliner" name circulated around the general public the same way "Jumbo Jet" or "Learjet" did. A jumbo jet is a 747, but even the DC-10, L-1011, A340 and 767 picked up the name. And to some people, every single corporate jet is a Learjet, regardless of whether it's a Citation, Falcon, Hawker, whatever.