Something special happened yesterday that brought a smile to my face—and a lot of other faces around Boeing. As the first 787 built in South Carolina made its first flight out of Charleston, we couldn’t help but notice some other things on the radar.
The first 787 built in South Carolina takes to the skies for the first time.
At the same time that Dreamliner was flying above South Carolina, five other 787s were also in the air. One was the Dream Tour airplane heading from Seattle to Sydney, Australia. Meanwhile, ANA and JAL each had two Dreamliners up as part of their regular revenue flights.
The Dream Tour continues as ZA003 touches down in Sydney.
One of the seven Dreamliners belonging to ANA.
JAL currently has four 787s.
We checked with our friends at FlightAware to find out if six Dreamliners in the air at once was a record. It appears that is indeed the case (it has actually happened three times just this month).
It wasn’t that long ago when having just one 787 in the air created a buzz. And while the skies will soon be full of Dreamliners—I don’t expect that special feeling to diminish one single bit.