Qantas has taken delivery of the first out of eight 787-9 Dreamliner at Boeing’s delivery center in Everett. The aircraft is named “Great Southern Land” and the rest of the jets will also bear names designating something unique for Australia, including animals, places and literature. The Dreamliner will ferry to its base in Sydney airport and will arrive on October 20.  

Speaking at the ceremony, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: 

“Taking delivery of a new type of aircraft is always an important milestone for an airline and the 787 is a game-changer. From the distance it’s able to fly, to the attention to detail we’ve put into the cabin design, it will reshape what people come to expect from international travel.” 

Some of the extras the 787-9 Dreamliner offers include larger windows, better air quality and ride dampening technology to minimize the effects of turbulence. Mr. Joyce also added that they are working with sleep specialists at the University of Sydney to see how adjustments to our inflight service can improve wellbeing and help people adjust to new time-zones and fight jetlag.  

One of the routes, on which the Dreamliner will fly is from Perth to London, which will be the first direct air link between Australia and Europe.  

The rest of the Dreamliners will be delivered by the end of 2018 and half of them will be based in Melbourne. Qantas will operate a route Melbourne-Los Angeles as of December 15, while the Melbourne-Perth-London flights will start in March 2018.