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Trip Report First time on 787 Dreamliner - great, mostly!

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Had my first flight on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner last week, Houston to London on United. Publicity materials pointed out that because the plane is made of composite material rather than metal, they are able to maintain a higher cabin humidity and pressurize to a lower level, both of which reduce the flight related stress on the body. Lo and behold, I found that to be true - less jet lag! The flight attendants I asked said the same thing - they like working the 787 for that reason.

Overhead bins were pretty large, easily held several rollaboards. Windows were much larger than usual, and instead of shades were electronically dimmed / lightened. This made for some great views. The "mood lighting" throughout the cabin was unobtrusive, consisting of indirect light at the ceiling level in colors that were changed at different times to (allegedly) help with circadian rhythm.

Now, the seats - though the posted pitch is 35" in E+/ 32" in regular Economy, felt like the seats were a bit cramped. I was in the bulkhead seat just behind the BusinessFirst cabin so had plenty of leg room, but the other seats seemed pretty close together. Not as bad as on the American 777 we flew last year, but still a bit more cramped than I expected. And the width is down to 17.3", so a bit less than on other long range craft.

Overall, loved it and will definitely try to arrange future itineraries to use the 787 if possible.

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