Bags of Space on the New Dreamliner
We’ve been singing the Dreamliner’s praises over the past few weeks. We’ve already seen how the onboard oxygen levels and mood lighting can help to combat jetlag. And this week, we’re looking at space inside the aircraft, and discovering that bigger is better.
There’s enough room on the Dreamliner to swing a cat. And not just any cat – you could wield a Siberian Tiger on Boeing’s new spacious super-jet. The brand-spanking new plane is the length of 2.4 tennis courts and the width of 27 London buses, if you include the wings. Capacity wise- it’s got room for 25 elephants and its fuselage could swallow enough tennis balls to really worry Wimbledon’s organisers – that’s 1,810,285 if you’re keeping score.
The plane’s impressive proportions continue in the onboard baggage compartments. Most frequent fliers will have experienced a hand-luggage stand-off, when someone with a suitcase gets there first and you end up stowing your own stuff at the opposite end of the plane. The Dreamliner should put an end to showdowns like this. Each luggage bin on the 787 can fit 4 small suitcases, with vital statistics of 61,30,25cm. Science-wise, there’s 6.4 cubic feet inside each overhead hold on the Dreamliner. That’s enough room for 90 family-size bottles of pop or almost £250-worth of unleaded petrol. To help put that into perspective, the Dreamliner’s luggage holds are 30 per cent bigger than those on any other comparable plane, so there’ll be no more pistols-at-dawn scenarios with fellow fliers.