Taking a “Dreamliner” Dream Flight

Taking a “Dreamliner” Dream Flight

Dreamliner
(Boeing Co. Photo)

If you’ve been dreaming about flying aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner you’ll be glad to know that the nightmare the surrounded problems with the aircraft’s lithium ion batteries has been resolved and the 787 is no longer grounded.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that only 68 Dreamliners are being operated world-wide by about a dozen airlines as yet, so you might have to wait awhile before one is flying to your dream destination.

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In the meantime, here’s how you can daydream about your first—or next if you’ve been lucky enough to fly on a 787 already—Dreamliner flight.

The 787 Dreamliner Flight Tracker lets you follow the flight of a specific plane “based on data from Flight Aware. Aircraft position shown on map is based on a variety of data sources, and is updated approximately every 30 minutes.  Actual airplane position may vary.”

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Just select a flight from the list of all Boeing 787’s currently airborne .

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Click on “View in Google Earth” and Flight Tracker will draw the flight path.

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You can watch the flight in a “360° View” of the plane in the air, an out-the-plane-window “Passenger View,” or a “Google Earth View” as the 787 crosses the planet.

Those three views are shown in this YouTube video of the flights of two Dreamliners: One passing over Texas, the other approaching Greenland on a flight from Europe to Chicago.

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The 787 Dreamliner Flight Tracker provides the ultimate armchair air travel experience. You can spend hours “up in the air” without buying a plane ticket, let alone shelling out hard-earned cash for all of those nickel-and-diming “ancillary fees” that airlines love to charge, such as for checking bags, selecting your seat at the time of ticketing, or changing your flight.

Just one word of warning: While flying a 787 using the Flight Tracker may be the safest way to see the world from high above it, there’s always the danger that you’ll never get up from your computer and take a trip around the block, let alone around the world.

(You can read more about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Boeing Website. Dick Jordan worked for Boeing way back in the 20th century, long before the company had even dreamt of building the Dreamliner.)

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One Reply to “Taking a “Dreamliner” Dream Flight”

  1. Wow that is a lot of info on finding a dreamliner. Not sure it’s worth taking a flight just to fly on it, but it might be worth changing a flight time if it’s going to my destination 🙂

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