Austin to London, Nonstop: How the Dreamliner Made it Happen

A British Airways Dreamliner 787-8 at London's Heathrow airport Photograph by British Airways via Bloomberg

When Boeing began shopping its new 787 Dreamliner to potential customers a decade ago, it quickly became clear to airline executives that the jet’s lower operating economics would allow for all sorts of new routes that existing planes couldn’t fly cost effectively. With its combination of long-haul range and modest seat capacity—not too big, not too small—the 787 could connect far-flung destinations that had traditionally required a stop in a hub.

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