Reports from those among Boeing’s first passenger payload say the craft lives up to its name.
“…then Cat Stevens put down his needles and turned into Alex Salmond, who asked me to sing an Abba song.” So says Mary Sharp, one of the first passengers on the new aircraft. She is among many whose experiences of the Dreamliner are being examined by aviation experts.
“The crew were wearing Father Christmas outfits, and during the safety instructions they all levitated off the floor by about a foot” wrote one passenger on the feedback form. “I was having a fight with a tram driver, but we were using cheese straws as weapons and they kept breaking,” reported another. Only one of the 240 passengers noted the much vaunted large windows and quiet engines.
Mr Sam Curtis from Esher had probably the most noteworthy response to Boeing's latest aircraft design: “I was making a large sherry trifle with Shirley Bassey. Then we were in John Lewis testing new beds. Then I woke up in my own bedroom, and I discovered I wasn’t on the flight at all, but had seen coverage of it on the news.”