What an absolutely extraordinary airplane. I don't think we've taken the time to fully appreciate what a marvel of engineering, technology, supply chain management, and travel innovation this machine is. I'm glad the pilots appreciate it as much as the passengers do.
The 787 is faster than predecessors. Its normal cruise speed is .85 Mach (or 85% of the speed of sound), which equates to 646 miles per hours, while the 777 cruises at .84 Mach. "What sets the B787 apart from the B777 is its ability to cruise as fast as .90 Mach," Harlan said. "On a 14-hour flight, that extra 46 mph will gain you 644 miles, or get you there almost exactly one hour earlier -- all while flying higher, above most bad weather, and using much less fuel than the 777."