Dave Hilfman, Senior VP Worldwide Sales, Continental Airlines, standing in the 787 cabin mockup
Boeing struggled with ongoing problems for the Dreamliner, which put it almost three years behind schedule. But Jeff Casey with Boeing says it is still the most successful pre-order launch of a commercial aircraft in the history of aviation.
"The physicality experience of flying will be dramatically changed, because the drag of long distance travel on your body will significantly altered. You're gonna just feel a whole lot better. So, 55 global airlines have already committed to 847 airplanes. The deliveries start with our first launch customer at the end of this year 2010, and then next year, the first North American carrier will be Continental Airlines."
The 787 will seat 228 people and will cost between $161 to $200 million, depending on the model. Casey says Boeing has firm orders for 25 Drealiners from Continental.
Pat Hernandez, KUHF News.