I got the chance to fly on Boeing's 787-9 on a trip to London this month, the first time I've been on The Dreamliner. It's a nice plane, and I have a few photos and a couple of takeoff videos to share.
Here's it is: Virgin Atlantic's 787-9 at Sea-Tac on April 12
Coach seating section of the 787-9. Most airlines do the 3+3+3 arrangement for coach seating. Virgin is no exception. How about that mood lighting? They changed it a few times during the flight. It was blue and even orange at one time. Their default is this pinkish colour you see in this photo.
I captured this view of the in flight map view on our way home Saturday, April 20. As you can see, the routing took us over quite a large swath of northern Canada, as well as Greenland, and skirting the coast of Iceland. The clouds parted while we were over Greenland and again when approaching the Canadian Rockies in Alberta. Otherwise, it was mostly cloudy in other areas. I did get a few photos of Greenland and the Rockies which I will post elsewhere
Here are a couple of videos I took of the takeoffs in both Seattle (SEA) and in London (LHR) a week later
Take-off on a clear day is the second-most enjoyable time of a flight, the utmost joy of course is landing at ones' destination on a bright sunny day, and having been afforded views of portions of the great polar route. Makes one wonder about all that vast empty space down below. I take it you were fairly impressed with the service offered up by Sir Richard's crew on this 'V.A.' flight?
For you aviation buffs on the forum, I found a neat video on YouTube showing arrivals and takeoffs at Princess Julianna Airport on Sint Maarten, arguably the world's most famous plane-spotting location. The videographer chose multiple locations around the airport to record plane activity, although much of it was at Maho Beach, which sits at the end of the airport's single runway. Enjoy!