My husband is big on taking notice of the airplanes he flies – but I tend to be oblivious, in part because I prefer not to think too much about the fact that I am flying a human-made-and-operated machine in the sky, above mountains and oceans, across continents. But I couldn’t help noticing the plane I flew last month from Albuquerque to Dallas because it was so much nicer than the planes I’m used to flying. (My connecting flight from Dallas to Des Moines was on a typically shabby, older model plane.)
In retrospect, I learned that I was flying a Boeing 787 Dreamliner – in my case one owned by American Airlines although I gather United and other airlines have them too. What stood out: comfortable, well-upholstered seats; a luggage compartment that glides open and shut and seems roomier than others: and most impressive – the screen/monitors on the back of each seat that not only offer movies and other entertainment (although I hadn’t thought to bring my ear buds, which I prefer to the ones offered by airlines) but great information on your flights. I was able to look up my connecting flight and see if it was leaving on time and from what gate. Then I could get interactive info showing me how to get from my arrival gate to my next departure gate. How great is that!? Making this information readily available especially to those of us in the sticks who more often than not have to take two flights to get somewhere (often with a tight connection) is a godsend.
Apparently the plane also offers all kind of other benefits – especially for those in business class, as this video shows.