Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 07 Feb 2016
Total posts 13
Do the cabin crew on QF11 the daylight flight from LAX to JFK set the electronic window shades to full black out mode for the cruise portion of the flight
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 12 Nov 2017
Total posts 42
They can all be set remotely by cabin crew, thus turned on upon take off and landing, and turned off at night. I have only flown during the day in SQ and they did not adjust them during the flight, however I would expect that they would darken them at night.
Member since 01 Mar 2012
Total posts 200
The crew will tend to darken them for night time flights. Staff do that on flights where they are flying during the day however for the aircraft it is night time. They lock them until a certain time when the passengers can again adjust the window shading.
Member since 30 May 2013
Total posts 119
Whilst not related to this particular QF flight in question, I recently flew Thai Airways in their 787 from Bangkok to Taipei. The flight was a daytime flight - 8:30am - 2pm and the crew darkened the windows for about 90% of the flight. I found it really annoying. Give me the A350 any day.
Member since 04 Apr 2014
Total posts 134
Agreed! These fancy windows on 787’s are overkill and tech for tech sake. They don’t fully black out, even the latest ones, and they reflect. If it’s dark inside but someone has a light on you can see the reflection on your window even if you’re on the other side of the cabin.
Member since 16 Nov 2011
Total posts 53
Vietnam airlines did that on the SGN-HAN flight I took with them. However they weren’t locked so could be “opened”
Member since 24 Dec 2013
Total posts 126
I thought that they dimmed the windows on all long haul flights regardless of whether the sun is out to encourage people to sleep and thus require less service from the cabin crew.
Member since 24 Aug 2017
Total posts 21
I just got off QF11 from LAX to JFK
In good weather it is a very interesting trip flying over Las Vegas, Salt Lake City Utah then across Colorado Nebraska and Iowa to Chicago and Detroit on the Great Lakes before descending into JFK. A most memorable flight enjoyed from the upper deck seat 15A on a 747
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 634
The other great flight for views is Tokyo to London across Siberia I hope JAL don’t dim them on that one.
Member since 27 Jan 2016
Total posts 40
I did Tokyo to helsinki on JAL and they did. All day flight and they were controlled by the crew from about 90 minutes after departure. Very annoying
Member since 15 Feb 2018
Total posts 151
I elieve they do dim them, and for this reason I won’t fly the 787. From all accounts, a good plane, however, I believe this is wrong, as people like to look out the window.
Member since 13 Jan 2015
Total posts 80
Luckily JAL also offer a 77W on the LHR route to avoid the issue
Member since 22 Jan 2013
Total posts 73
On the 787 the crew can set intervidual windows to any setting. So if they “close” all the windows, a quick push of the call button and a friendly request should give you control of your window again. I agree will comments here that the standard closing of windows on day flights is wrong and makes jet lag worst.
Member since 01 Aug 2018
Total posts 4
Sorry for the long post (not quite off topic, as the same applies on older aircraft with manual shades), but... This can be a bit of a contentious issue - and I expect several will have a whinge about what im about to say... I can see this from both the perspective of crew and passenger, as well as from the POV as a bit of an avgeek - (given that at times, ive been all three!). As a passenger, I prefer a darker cabin, although during a day-time flight (say AU-Asia), I'm usually happy enough if its just the cabin lights off on a North-South flight - you can dim your own shade, and others can enjoy the view. On anything East-West - make it as dark as possible, even if daytime - It is far more easy to stay awake in a dark cabin, than it is to sleep in a bright cabin (watch a movie/work on your laptop - maybe even have a short kip too, so you arrive refreshed). That said, if 80%-90% of pax close their shades on a north south daytime flight like this, its only polite to do the same. No one (crew or pax) likes those one or two hold outs who brighten the cabin because they're too stubborn to be polite. (Worse is the one who closes the shade, then opens it randomly in a dark cabin).
Hi Guest, join in the discussion on
Dimming QF11 Boeing 787 electronic window shades
Already have an ET account? Log in below.
Signing up with Executive Traveller only takes a second and lets you
interact with our community. It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to
Didn’t receive an activation email? Resend one to yourself here.
If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address
below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email to re-activate your account and enter a new password.
If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link.
Subscribe to our free newsletter and get the latest news, reviews, tips and more sent straight to your inbox