This video is about as close to the cockpit as you can get without being a pilot or working as an FAA inspector.
It is possible that one of Boeing’s most anticipated projects in the past 30 years may have been the 787 “Dreamliner.” Long awaited and highly anticipated, Boeing (and the entire commercial airline industry), had high hopes for these twin-engine, midsize composite aircraft. One of the main perks of the Dreamliner that it is super fuel-efficient. The Dreamliner’s composite structure is much lighter than a traditional airliner of the same size. The structure combined with advanced engine technology led to large improvements in fuel efficiency.
The fuel efficiency alone delighted airlines. Onboard improvements like LED lighting, higher air pressure, and a spacious cabin has led to positive reviews by airline passengers too. About the only draw back is that the planned economy configuration for most airlines was a 2-4-2 (8 abreast). However, most airlines realized early on that they could fit a 3-3-3 configuration into the jet. That means that seat width is much tighter than originally planned.
This video below is gorgeous. It features the 787-9 variant that was first flown in 2013. The -9 variant has a number of efficiency improvements over the -8. Not only can the -9 carry more passengers and cargo than the -8 but it boasts a similar range with lower costs per passenger on a typical flight. You’ll ride along in the cockpit to view the best parts of a flight from Amsterdam to San Francisco. The video was filmed by Gerry Behage. Cover photo by Alex Beltyukov.