EVERETT -- I've been following the 787 for almost five years now and surprises came at every turn, yesterday was no different.
Boeing invited the media to come on-board Airplane 24 (JA802A) yesterday, the second 787 for delivery to All Nippon Airways, and we went hands-on - or in this case "hands-off" - with one of the Dreamliner's more novel features. ANA, the launch customer since 2004, and now proud 787 owner, selected an automatically lowering toilet seat option for its lavatories.
"This would solve so many fights at home," joked (we assumed) Flightglobal Americas Editor, Stephen Trimble.
The hands-free flush sensor is a standard feature for the new jet, which will be handed over to its first customer in an official ceremony Monday morning.
This is what I call nose-to-tail innovation.