Dreamliner in flight

An inside look at Boeing’s new lightweight, long-range jumbo jet, from a passenger’s perspective. Here’s what you have to look forward to in the very near future.

Just after lunchtime, Japan Air Lines Line Flight 065 took off from San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, bound for Narita International Airport in Tokyo, the first direct non-stop flight between San Diego and Asia.

It’s also the first flight from San Diego aboard Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner, whose groundbreaking use of composites in place of aluminum in its structure make it ultra-light and thus give it ultra-long range.

This bird has been a long time coming. For a variety of reasons, its first deliveries from Boeing were a whopping three years behind schedule. We’ve charted much of the 787’s teething pains here on IBIT, and along with the rest of the international travel world, eagerly awaited its arrival.

Now, it’s starting to make its appearance at the world’s airports, including SAN.

If, like most of the world, you’ve yet to have a chance to experience a 787 yourself, here’s a link to one writer’s experience aboard a Dreamliner — and as you’ll see, there’s plenty aboard this aircraft that’s new.

Meanwhile, JAL’s inaugural flight from San Diego is making its way north up the California coast toward Alaska, following the polar arc toward Japan. If you want to track the flight of JL065 as it makes its way toward Japan, you can do that at the FlightAware site here.

At some point along the way, the passengers will be treated to lunch and dinner — which, for the first time in JAL history, will include an offering of Kentucky Fried Chicken, as I mentioned in yesterday’s IBIT Travel Digest.

If all goes as planned, that probably will be the roughest part of their flight.

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