Interior of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is cutting edge, different

SEATTLE, Wash. (WCSC) - The 787 Dreamliner is a break-through airplane. It is different on the outside because it is made of composite not metal.  It is also a fuel saver and environmentally friendlier with fewer emissions.

But what most people probably care about is what the plane is like on the inside.

"The idea was create as much feeling of height right as you walk in," said Kent Craver with Boeing's Passenger Satisfaction and Revenue Department.

Craver is 6'0" tall and he is not ducking on the 787 Dreamliner, even when he stands by the overhead bins.

No detail is overlooked. Even the latches on the overhead bins are error proof so you won't have any embarrassing moments standing in front of a full airplane trying to figure out how to stow your luggage.

"You can push on the top, you can push on the bottom." Craver said. "You can pull on the top, you can pull on the bottom."

No matter what, it'll open, with enough storage to fit your carryon bag.

When you find your seat, -­- even if you're in the center of the airplane -- you have a view. You'll be able to see windows over the seats.

The Dreamliner window is 65 percent larger than Boeing's competitor and 25 percent larger than the 777.  There are no window shades either. Instead, the window dims in a series of steps.

"Even with it closed, it's like sitting in a limo with tinted windows," Craver said. "It doesn't allow light in, but you can still see out."

Windows on the flight deck are bigger as well. There four large windows instead of the traditional six.  Boeing has added a seat in the cockpit and another in the crew rest area. It's better for the airline, which can put paying passengers in the business class seats, which can often be taken up by crew members on long flights.

Even airline bathrooms are getting better. Gone are the days of those split doors where you can't figure out whether to push or pull. Back-to-back lavatories can convert to a larger handicapped facility.

Lighting will change through the course of the flight. Boeing works with the airlines to see how color interacts with the color of flight attendant uniforms, even the food they serve.

"We made the cabin blue," Craver said. "We brought a steak in that was seared and it turned grey, but when you hit it with golden colors like candle light, it turned a golden brown."

From the appetite, to sensations when the flight comes to an end, in this airplane Boeing has it covered.

"One of the most rude awakenings is when you land and all the lights come up," Craver explained. "It's really a shock."

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