The first Boeing 787 test flight may take place next week, the Associated Press reports.
The much-delayed aircraft represents a major shift in technology, toward lighter, composite materials, quieter engines and some very pleasant sounding changes to the passenger cabin. These include larger windows, softer lighting and higher pressurization.
Unlike the huge and spectacular Airbus A380, the 787 has the potential to become a workhorse aircraft like the 737 or the 757. This would be good for passengers because it would offer a more comfortable experience.
Unfortunately for U.S. fliers, the 787 has been selling better overseas than it has in the United States. Perhaps that will change as the airlines’ fortunes improve.