• Continental to debut 787s

    2010-08-12

    Boeing's launch of its new 787 airplanes has been delayed numerous times due to engineering troubles. Continental, the first U.S. carrier scheduled to receive the planes, has announced that it will debut its first 787's in 2011.

    According to Newsweek, Continental had part of the 787's new interior on display at the 2010 National Business Travel Association. The airline touts several new improvements designed to make the flight experience more enjoyable for passengers.

    The overhead bin storage space has been greatly expanded, so that every passenger onboard will now be able to store a standard-size carry-on bag if they so choose. The windows have been widened as well, so that passengers in every seat have a view of the sky. A new electrochromatic system will allow fliers to dim the windows without reducing visibility. The lights have been improved to LEDs and the overall design of the cabin gives a roomier feel.

    The planes, originally scheduled for delivery in 2009, are not expected to join Continental's fleet until after the carrier merges with United sometime next year.

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