(Image ripped off from Brad’s Blog)
After countless delays, it looks like the 787 might finally arrive. In fact, Boeing just rolled out ANA’s 787, ready for delivery next month. All Nippon Airways will take delivery of the plane in September. If you’re looking to redeem miles on one of these flights in a premium cabin, I wouldn’t get your hopes up.
The interior of the first aircraft includes 264 seats — 12 business and 252 economy — with personal television sets, roomier seats, an automatic toilet with a wash function, more storage, an arched entry way with a beverage bar, dimmable windows and larger lavatories.
Only 12 business class seats to 252 economy seats? That’s really not the best ratio… I doubt there will be too many of those, if any, available for award tickets. It’s also a bummer to read that there won’t be a First Class cabin on there.
Between the A380 now flying a number of routes around the world and the 787 making its way into fleets, it is definitely an exciting time to be an air traveler. Brad was able to see the 787 in all of its glory here and here. I’m guessing my first trip on a 787 will be United’s Houston to Auckland route, which should also be starting soon. I’ll probably pay for the ticket and use a SWU to upgrade. I’m still looking forward to my first ride on the A380 next month!