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Boeing 787 at Reagan: Conclusion
Speaking at the Boeing 787’s press conference at Washington National Airport (DCA) last week, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh said that the 787 was designed “with the customer in mind.” The 787’s interior is certainly out of the ordinary, featuring new windows, lighting, overhead bins, and pressurization systems; the 787’s interior has basically been redesigned from the ground up.
Photos by Taylor Michie / Racing Winds Media.
Walking onboard, the differences are immediately obvious. A huge, open entryway greets passengers, part of Boeing’s new Sky Interior which is installed on all 787s, as well as new 737-800 aircraft. The cabin feels much taller than a current airplane cabin, and the mood lighting is soft and welcoming.
The overhead bins drop down from the ceiling, as opposed to being hinged on the ceiling, which increases the feeling of spaciousness. The bins are huge, fitting four large rollaboard bags on their side. Gone are the days of line cutting during boarding just to stow suitcases. On the 787, there’s plenty of room for everyone’s bag in the overhead.
The 787’s windows are giant. For comparison, Boeing even stuck decals on them which give a size perspective. The 787’s windows may not look large from the outside, but they’re huge once you get up close and personal. Even the A380’s windows, which are also larger than standard, can’t hold a candle to the 787’s.
The 787’s windows are also unique in another sense. Boeing has done away with sliding window shades and replaced them with dimmers that feature six different stages of opacity. On the most opaque setting, the window still isn’t completely black – you can still see out of it, but outside sun and light are still blocked out. You can see the dimmer below the window in the photo below. Each dimmer has a series of lights showing the stage of opacity that the shade is currently set at.
The 787’s cabin pressurization is set at 6,000 feet, about 25% – 35% lower than the industry standard pressurization of 8,000-9,000 feet, which takes less of a toll on the passenger’s body, and can help allay common problems such as ear-popping.
Below are some cabin photos. Keep in mind that the interior pictured is a Boeing interior. Airlines will outfit their cabins differently, and the photos shown do not necessarily represent the current or proposed configuration of any airline flying the 787.