How to see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Melbourne Airport today

By David Flynn, November 17 2011
How to see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Melbourne Airport today

LATEST | Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner will make a second visit to Australia starting Thursday May 24, 2012 – and this time we'll be going on a test flight! Click here for all the details.

PREVIOUS | Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner will spend the next two days at Melbourne Airport on a whistle-stop tour arranged by Qantas.

There's no public access to the next-gen jetliner, which Qantas says will be open mainly to selected local VIPs and Jetstar staff (Jetstar will be the first Aussie airline to get the Dreamliner, starting in 2013).

But don't despair: Australian Business Traveller went on an invitation-only media tour of the Boeing 787 while it was in Sydney to bring you this extensive report (with plenty of photos, too)!.

Boeing has also advised Australian Business Traveller of the 787's arrival and departure times for those who happen to be around the airport at the right time.

The 787 Dreamliner is expected to arrive at Melbourne Airport around 10am this morning, Thursday November 17th.

After spending two days at the airport, and most of that time ensconced in a hanger (as was the case with its Sydney appearance), the 787 will fly out around 9.30am on Saturday November 19th to head home to Seattle.

Also in AusBT's Boeing 787 Dreamliner coverage...

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Photos and flight report: ANA’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner

What's it like to fly in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner? We visited Tokyo as a guest of ANA for a special 90 minute ‘excursion flight’ from Narita which provided a taste of what the Dreamliner will deliver for travellers (and yes, there's much more than rainbow-like cabin lighting). Read more...

So when will Qantas have the Boeing 787?

Qantas will buy 50 Boeing 787s, but the first deliveries aren't expected until early 2013 – and those will be for budget offshoot Jetstar. The Red Roo won't get its own Dreamliners until as late as 2016, but you'll see the 787 on domestic as well as international flights. Read more...



David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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