This is JAL 787 Dreamliner Review SAN-NRT which is part of the Trip Report: The $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World which covers 5 Continents, 13 Countries, and 17 Cities.
- Tokyo, Japan
- Melbourne, Australia
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Sydney, Australia
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Saigon, Vietnam
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Hong Kong
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Knysna, South Africa
- Durban, South Africa
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Doha, Qatar
- New York, New York
- Helsinki, Finland
Those who say that America doesn’t manufacture anything anymore have not had the privilege of flying aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Plagued by issues before its launch, the Dreamliner got off to a shaky start. When it did go into service and I had an opportunity to fly it, the tricksters at Ethiopian Airline stuck me in a 777 moments before the 17 hour flight.
So when the day came to go for a ride, in business class no less, I could hardly contain my excitement. I boarded the plane and started taking pics of everything for my own amusement instead of for a Trip Report I didn’t know I would eventually write. The first marvel was the windows that did not have a drawn down shade but dimmed automatically. The second was the mood lighting that nursed passengers into a state of relaxation instead of the sudden blinding light that suddenly switched on much like the dirty trick used by my mother to wake me up before school. Third was the toilets. Worries about having life and limb get sucked into the underbelly of the airplane were washed away. This toilet flushed normally. Finally and most importantly was the noise. There was no noise. It was quiet like a film set of an airplane. Sitting there in awe, I was ready to take off and enjoy the added bonus of flying business.
Japan Airlines had ordered this plane so quickly that it was outdated by the time it was delivered. The seats were angled-flat in a 2*2*2 configuration. Having yet to experience the luxury of lie-flat I paid it no mind.
The service was kind and warm. The flight attendants routinely came by and refreshed my Jack Daniels and made sure that I was comfortable.
It has been claimed that food tastes better on the Dreamliner because of the way the cabin is pressurized. Whether this is true, I have no idea but the Japanese entrée certainly did not disappoint.
With the quiet storm, the spacious seat, and the dimmed cabin, I slept like a baby, and not a complaining one.
I have only flown the Dreamliner once and look forward to the opportunity of flying it again now that I’ve been indoctrinated into believing that it’s lie-flat or nothing, champagne over whiskey, and first over business.
Oh to go back to the humble days when I was just happy to get on a plane!