Ted Reed of TheStreet has consulted with airline experts and Boeing to put together a list of the most innovative 787 routes – looking for routes that would not have been possible without the 787’s unique capabilities.
Because it is a relatively small aircraft that can still carry enough fuel to fly extremely long distances, the 787 has opened routes that would not have been possible before. In the past, airplanes like the Boeing 747 and 777 and the Airbus A340 were required to fly certain extremely long-haul routes because only they could carry sufficient fuel. But the bigger airplanes accommodated hundreds more passengers than the 787 does — and therefore eliminated the possibility of flying “long, thin routes” that lacked sufficient demand to fill them.
Below are the number 3 and 4 most innovative routes, you can find #1 and 2 within Ted’s article here.
#4 – Stockholm (ARN) – Oakland (OAK) – In May 2014, Norwegian began serving Oakland International Airport to Stockholm, a distance of 5,354 miles, and to Oslo, a distance of 5,207 miles. Introductory one-way fares on both routes were $236.
#3 – Beijing (PEK) – Boston (BOS) – On June 20, 2014, Hainan Airlines launched service from Beijing to Boston, a 7,071-mile flight. Hainan’s 787-8 carries 213 passengers. “Boston was the top U.S. market that did not have service to China.” “We’ve been talking to Boston for approaching eight years. The primary reason we didn’t start sooner was the lack of aircraft availability. We have the (Airbus) A340, but it was not well-suited to Boston-Beijing. It’s too big.”