10 years of the Dreamliner — why pilots love flying the 787

Ten years ago this week, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the air for the first time. Easing effortlessly into the sky from a rain-soaked Seattle runway, it marked the start of one of the most successful aircraft of the modern era.

There are now more than 1,000 Dreamliners in service with airlines worldwide, the biggest operator being All Nippon Airways with 71 airframes. The original aircraft, the -8, has been stretched, with the -9 and -10 variants giving airlines greater range and capacity.

Qantas has used the greater range of the 787-9 to start the first regular direct service between Australia and the U.K., a 17-hour epic journey between Perth and London.

Whilst passengers love the experience in the back, it’s also a great place for the pilots to work. A number of features on the aircraft set it apart from other aircraft types. So, even when your working day can be 19 hours long, I’d much rather be doing it in a Dreamliner than any other type.

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