PHOTOS: Continental Airlines reveals Boeing 787 mock-up

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Continental Airlines offered a sneak preview of its Boeing 787 aircraft interior today at the 2010 National Business Travel Association (NBTA) International Convention & Expo.

The carrier says the 787 mock-up offers just “a glimpse of what’s ahead for air travel in the future”. In addition to all the usual 787 features (bigger bins, ambient LEDs, electrochromatic shades), you’ll see below that the Continental mock-up includes some of the carrier’s regular BusinessFirst seats with Panasonic Avionics in-flight entertainment.

Continental has orders for 25 787s with deliveries beginning in the third quarter of 2011. The carrier plans to initially use the twinjets to launch nonstop flights to Auckland, New Zealand, and Lagos, Nigeria, from its Houston hub.

Following display at the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Expo, Continental will exhibit the 787 mock-up fuselage at its Houston hub in Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal E.

What do you think? Should Continental try to change things up for the 787 or stay consistent with the same BusinessFirst seats?


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11 Responses to PHOTOS: Continental Airlines reveals Boeing 787 mock-up

  1. Wandering Aramean August 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    I see they chose not to scare the passengers with the reality that will be 9-across, 31″ pitch economy class seating in a fuselage that is narrower than the 777. They don’t even show the actual 2-2-2 layout of the BusinessFirst seats.

    Smart move from a marketing perspective, if not a bit disingenuous. Of course the plane looks spacious with no seats in it. Why is that impressive to anyone?

  2. Mary Kirby August 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Unfortunately, most 787 customers are opting for 9-abreast in economy (as you know). I honestly don’t think Continental is being (or trying to be) disingenuous here. If anything, this was a hastily-executed marketing plan aimed at simply giving people an idea of what to expect.

  3. mike August 9, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    I’m not so sure about that 9 abreast and 31″ – it may be true. But if CAL is only planning 228 total seats of which 36 are B/F, while others are planning two class configurations with almost 290 – it would seem the CAL configuration either has lots of open space, more lavs and galleys or the others must really be packing them in.

    Enjoy your reports, keep up the good work Mary!

  4. Mat August 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    This is a bit disappointing, this would have been a chance for Continental to make a statement and beat the other US airlines with a good Business Class product.

    Unfortunately, when travelling outside of the US, I usually choose any other airline available but the Delta, Continental or AA flights available as the service is most of the time sub-par and the seats are just dreadful. For examplet to most european destination or cross country you are still wedged in a barely reclining seat with some of the smallest screens available to date – but they do claim it’s leather, mmmmhmmm – when you get 12 inches of real estate in modern airplanes, a lie-flat if not completely flat bed in most other non-US airlines. Or you have to be lucky to be on that one destination they serve with “brand-new” (humhum) interiors.

    Too bad! The 787 looks like a great plane and would be a chance for all these guys to make up ground for once and be ahead of the competition…

    I do agree that it looks good on the pictures, but I would like to see a plane configuration complete, not just a few seats to see what it would look like!

  5. Mohan August 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    I also do not like the layout where the window seated has to jump over the aisle seater to get to the aisle. Why did they not do staggered like in Asiana thus allowing unfettered access to the aisle ? It looks like a ho-hum J class. CO should have taken this opportunity to leap frog and compete well with the Asian and mid eastern carriers’ products.

  6. Rich August 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    The new style Racaro CO Business First seats are OK in my opinion. Better than AA’s. We had these in February on a 757 from EWR to LHR.

    When the foot rest is completely extended there is an opening in the shell of the seat in front of you for your feet.
    A small carry-on (14×10) will fit under the shell of the seat in front of you. And the seat lies flat. On AA your foot rest will squish anything like that placed under the seat in front of you. The AA seats go through this crazy up/down/front/back thing when going into the semi-flat position.

    So the window seat passenger has to climb over you. No big deal.

  7. Michaell August 12, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    The businessFirst seats that will be featured on Continental’s 787s are brand new to the airline. They just recently began installing them on the 757 and 777 fleet. So expecting something totaly different for the 787 would be unnecessary.

  8. Michael August 12, 2010 at 12:42 am #


    Any idea how long the cabin mock up will be on display at IAH?

  9. Tom August 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm #


    The new CO Business seats are a product of B/E Aerospace, not Recaro

  10. Jack Pratt August 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    When Stateside I fly Southwest if possible. In Asia I fly anything but one of our carriers and China Airlines—Why?? Take a guess! Jack

  11. Żaluzje April 8, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    It’s not convoluted I have no idea why some persons have not figured this out yet.