In locked and upright anticipation, fans of flying metal are preparing for the Southern California touch-down of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner.
The 250-passenger, new-generation commercial aircraft, has been on a satin jacket-worthy world tour since December. San Diego and Long Beach were among the March stops announced Wednesday on Boeing's fourth leg of the "787 Dream Tour."
The aircraft was designed with a flight range of 8,200 nautical miles, and "extensive use of composite materials and reconceived aerodynamics have resulted in fuel consumption that is 20 percent lower than previous generation jets and it also boasts lower carbon dioxide emissions," explains U-T San Diego.
Future passengers aboard Boeing's baby can expect to find better air filtration, bigger overhead bins, redesigned lighting, and larger windows. Hollywood-ready, the display model jet scheduled to land at San Diego International Airport on March 13 will be showing-off a special interior.
The Dream Tour airplane is outfitted with the 787's special cabin features, including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.
The jaunty jetsetter started its meet and greet tour in China, followed by appearances in Africa and the Middle East. The plane will visit Mexico and Canada in its next wave of tour stops, as well as exotic locations like Boston, Phoenix, Newark, and Salt Lake City.
So far, 25,000 pretzel and peanut loving would-be passengers have cruised the cabin.