An early morning flight for the 787 Dreamliner – made by Chicago-based Boeing for Chicago-based United Airlines – marked a major milestone in the troubled jet’s history.
Sun-Times reporter Lori Rackl was among the passengers onboard for the inaugural flight. Here are observations by her and others throughout the trip from Houston.
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner’s first United flight to Chicago’s O’Hare
Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lori Rackl was onboard for the inaugural flight of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner – the culmination of years of development and pitfalls for the mega-jet. Here are tweets and pictures from Rackl and others involved.
Storified by Chicago Sun-Times · Sun, Nov 04 2012 08:33:10
United launches Boeing Dreamliner with festive first commercial flight – Chicago Sun-TimesBY LORI RACKL Travel Writer United Continental’s first Dreamliner is shown off. Updated: HOUSTON – Most flights from Houston to Chicago d…We are getting a water canon salute as we pull into the gate @united #787 #dreamliner shot from the BIG windows http://pic.twitter.com/RXrv0FhVJeffrey HayzlettJust touched down in Chicago on #United’s first commercial #787 flight. Unlike the Boeing Dreamliner itself, we arrived ahead of schedule.Lori RacklUnited’s first passenger flight of the new @Boeing 787 Dreamliner is wheels down at O’Hare… 11 minutes ahead of schedule.Ben BradleyFlight 1116 has landed @Fly2Ohare. It will take Capt. Starley a few minutes to taxi our 787 to Gate C20. Welcome to Chicago.United.@United CEO Jeff Smisek greets customers during the flight. #United787 http://pic.twitter.com/8kcxpzuwJames ScottJust landed early on the inaugural @united #787 #dreamliner flight — was very special. Will post pics in FB fan page laterJeffrey HayzlettA peek inside Boeing’s #787 Dreamliner. http://pic.twitter.com/tctxomuCLori RacklFlight 1116, our 787, has crossed into Illinois. Should be on final approach to @Fly2Ohare soon. #United787.UnitedIt’s about to cross out of Texas. MT @BenBradleyABC7 On ABC7 @united ‘s first 787 on the way to ChgoUnitedFlight 1116, our @BoeingAirplanes 787, has departed the gate and is taxiing for takeoff. Want to track it? Tail number is #904UnitedCapt. Jim Starley talks with reporters. He’ll pilot the 787 to Chicago this morning. http://twitpic.com/baa2bmUnitedOur 787 awaits its first customers at Gate E5 at @IAH. http://twitpic.com/baa1acUnitedOn-time and boarding the FIRST @united #Dreamliner flight to @fly2ohare http://pic.twitter.com/zyghA0yHHouston Bush Airport#united breaks out special #Dreamliner cookies for its inaugural flight http://pic.twitter.com/R8l2FvcWLori RacklUp early at Bush Airport in Houston for #United’s 1st #787 flight http://pic.twitter.com/AZAQodcyLori RacklBoeing Dreamliner makes U.S. debut http://dlvr.it/2Qny8XCNN InternationalUnited’s first Dreamliner ready for take off Sunday – Chicago Sun-TimesFasten your seat belt, stow your tray table and adjust your seat to the upright position: After one heck of a delay, United Airlines’ fir…Boeing delivers United’s first 787 Dreamliner – Chicago Sun-TimesBY DAVID ROEDER Business Reporter Updated: United Airlines said Monday it has taken delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner, the Boeing Co. …