787 Flight schedule
October 26-27, 2011 World's first passenger flight, Narita-Hong Kong
October 28 and 29, 2011 Excursion flights departing from and landing in Narita
November 1, 2011 First regular domestic flight, Haneda-Okayama. Haneda-Hiroshima service to start on the same day
December 2011 First regular international flight, Haneda-Beijing
January 2012 First long-haul international flight, Haneda-Frankfurt
By end of fiscal 2011 Regular domestic flights Haneda-Itami, Haneda-Yamaguchi Ube, and Haneda-Matsuyama
We told you the other day about Dan Rather's TV blather about how the Boeing 787 Dreamliner "could be unsafe" because of its carbon composite airframe, but now there are lots of experts disagreeing with that report. Aaron Rowe at Wired Science calls it "a cheap shot at Boeing," and chides the mainstream news media for following along like sheep without questioning Rather's assertions. In Rowe's scathing and carefully reasoned article, he pretty much exposes Rather's claims as nothing but scaremongering poppycock.
In the TV report aired on HDNet, Rather said that an aluminum body is safer than a carbon fiber airframe because it's not brittle, won't shatter on impact and doesn't emit poisonous chemicals when it's burning. Rowe counters that by pointing out the plethora of toxic fumes to worry about if a plane crashes no matter what its airframe is made of, and then astutely points out that military aircraft, race cars, train cars and sports cars have been constructed of carbon composite for years and have been subjected to horrific forces that in some cases show carbon fiber holding up even better than aluminum.