The famous Boeing 787 Dreamliner finally touched down at Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the very first time to the delight of aviation enthusiasts and passengers yesterday afternoon.
The Dreamliner operated by Royal Brunei arrived at approximately 2:25pm with 65 passengers on board including a number of Filipino professionals that are working overseas. It travelled in from Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei. The country’s flag carrier, Royal Brunei, is the first airline to operate the modern Boeing 787 in South East Asia.
According to the Royal Brunei station manager Agnes Yanga, the aircraft is brand new having only been delivered to Brunei from the Boeing factory in Seattle, Washington last Friday. It is the first of five Dreamliner aircraft on order for Royal Brunei featuring quiet state of the art cabins with large windows that enable passengers to tint the windows by the touch of a button.
The 787-8 Dreamliner operated by Royal Brunei is configured with 18 seats in business class and 236 economy seats. The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines and is considered one of the most fuel efficient aircraft operating in the world today with airlines realising savings of up to twenty percent over older generation aircraft.
The aircraft was welcomed to Manila by Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions that managed the ground services of the Dreamliner towing the aircraft to Bay 7 at NAIA Terminal 1. It took ground staff approximately six minutes to connect the aircraft to the aerobridge. Passengers on board the flight stated that the aircraft was “exciting, beautiful, very comfortable and that the food was great.”