Feels like the first time

There’s nothing like getting up at 3:30am on a cold, frosty morning to catch a flight. But when that flight happens to be my very first time flying on the 787 Dreamliner, I didn’t need to hit the snooze button. In fact, I could barely sleep thinking about the first leg of our 787 Dream Tour to Beijing.


Taking off for the Dream Tour. Next stop, Beijing.

We got off to a bit of a late start but managed to make up a lot of time. In fact, I was able to snap a photo as we passed a 747 in the air. Not something you see every day.


View from the cockpit as we pass a 747.

What I was looking forward to the most was getting a better feel for the 787. This is just an incredible machine. The wing is absolutely beautiful. The ride of the aircraft is amazing. It really is true about the lower cabin altitude and the feeling of being more refreshed when you land. Simply said, it’s all I thought it would be and more.


What a wing!


Showing cabin altitude at 5400 feet, while the airplane is flying 38,000 feet.

With only 30 of us on board for the flight to Beijing, I had lots of opportunity to walk around and talk with my colleagues. Chinese noodles and fortune cookies were appropriately served.


Time for lunch!

As you can imagine, we arrived to a lot of fanfare in Beijing. More than 1500 people turned out for the opening event of the Dream Tour. I had the opportunity to participate in a media forum that included Randy Neville (787 chief pilot), Marc Allen (Boeing China President) and Ihssane Mounir (senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for greater China and Korea, BCA).


Landing in Beijing.


A panel discussion at the airport.


Speaking with media in Beijing.

Just like it did at the Dubai Airshow, the interior of this newly refurbished 787 is really catching the eye our Chinese customers, suppliers, government officials and the media. I can’t emphasize enough how beautiful it is and how it really sums up the way we’ve taken the passenger experience to the next level.


Inside the refurbished cabin on ZA003, the third 787 Dreamliner.

Look for more posts as we continue our travels through China—living the dream.


Some young fans of the Dreamliner pose in front of a 787 ice sculpture.

Comments (13)

Jeffrey (Atlanta):

Great pictures Randy. I hope you have a fantastic tour. I still hope Hartsfield might make the list.

Russel Ahmed (Dhaka, Bangladesh):

787 is the benchmark where passenger will find the luxury of comfort & happiness. I look forward to its success so that it will get more that 1500 order. 787-8, 787-9, 787-10 are the dedicated machine that always meet the thirst of sales revenue for esteemed airlines. THOSE PICTURES THE MOMENTUM OF HEAVEN....GEnx-1B engine going to be tested very soon. Hope Japan Airlines will get it as launching customer of this most fuel efficient engine. 787 just got started its fairy tale...........Long Live BOEING 787....THE PASSION TO FLY IN THE SKY....

Kinbin (Taiwan):

According to the chinese culture, I am led to understand that noodles weigh in for longevity, and fortune cookies are self-explanatory.

Hope that you had eaten a good portion of those as you will need them for this Dreamy Tour.


Norman (Long Beach, CA):

When you look at the cabin and look at the wing of the 787, especially from the inside looking out, you know you have something more than an ordinary aircraft.

Chris Cook (South Africa):

Wow! Mach0.88 cruise! No wonder you guys passed the 747.

Really hoping that during the super-efficient 787s 6-month dream tour that she'll visit Johannesburg, South Africa!

Thanks for the updates Randy.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

The large windows seem to make the 3+3+3 economy class look roomier, just like window dimensions can give a different feel and look to the same size room in a house.

For those of us who have to wait a few years before flying on the 787, would Boeing please put a virtual walk through of the cabin with 360 deg view on the 'newairplane' website?

James Baloun (Palo Alto, California):

Indeed it is a beautiful wing. I am struck by the streamlined and concise shape of the flap hinge fairings. It is not easy to design a wing that both cruises efficiently and expands to land safely and to it with the smaller flap hinge structure shown in the photo. There are also fewer flap hinges than on other aircraft. This wing design has Boeing fingerprints all over it ;)

Andrew Boydston (Boise, ID):

It seems to me what the 787 brings to the table is the journey becomes half the experience. The destinations the other half of the experience. I remember when a common comment from loved ones when arriving, was, "how was your flight". I see with your photos, on a 787 ride, the arrival phrasing will be "whats it like" when you arrive. Just saying.

George M (New York, USA):

Randy--Is the Dreamliner scheduled to visit any of the New York-area airports? I have followed the story of the 787 from the very beginning as a member of the Dreamliner Design Team, and I can't wait to see it in the flesh and fly on one.

Varun G (Chicago Illinois):

Hey Randy, congrats to the 787 team on starting this amazing tour. Randy, is the Dreamliner going to be going to any Chicago land airports? It is great to finally see the dream of flying the Dreamliner coming true. I cant wait to fly on this beauty. When do you think airlines like United or American will be getting their Dreamliners? That wing in the 3rd picture is such a beauty. Unbelievable. Also, has Boeing announced that they will carry through with the 787-10. The 787 is a magnificent plane, and I am sure that some competitors would love to copy the revolution(Not to mention names Hem, Hem A350, Hem Hem...) Once again congrats to the Boeing team and keep up the good work.

Randy Tinseth:

Hi all,

Thanks for all the great comments. I wish we could bring the 787 to every city you've mentioned. Right now, we haven't firmed up any dates past December-- so please stay tuned. Hopefully we'll be coming to a city near you.

Duan Zhu (Beijing,China):

Thanks for sharing these photo Randy, hopy you enjoy the time in China. I'm so surprised that I'm appearing in the third photo from the bottom, the one who wore the gray Boeing's jumper and holding a camera toward you, does it make sense? :)
Glad to see you at Beijing, so excited that I got a chance to talk with you face to face and had a great photo with you, good luck for the rest of dream tours!

David (New Orleans LA 70130):

It's a good thing this plane has not learned how to sign autographs (yet)? Is it true Santa Clause has taken delivery of one as his new mode of transportation SANTA1.

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