Ever wonder why you feel overdone after flying for any length of time at altitude? A picture tells a thousand words the difference a couple thousand feet of Pressure Altitude can make.
The balloon on the right is the cabin pressure altitude your body experiences during a flight in a normal jet at 8000 ft. On the left is what you'll experience flying in the 787.
A 2000 foot cabin, makes all the difference between fatigue, bloating, and dehydration... or not. Which would you rather be: A wilted flower, bloated like a balloon, or a delicate comfortable flower? The choice is yours.
Fly Boeing 787
Airbus... you have work to do.
I want to be a delicate flower upon arrival!
Okay... here's the deal. I did not commute on a 787 to Portland for the first leg of my journey. The adventure was that of another kind:
It all started with jumpseating with way too much stuff.
I tried to get out of the house, but due to life I allowed three flights to go to Portland without me. But I made it in time for the 3 p.m. to find it was delayed until 4:05 p.m. But... the 4. p.m. is going at 4. So, I go to the 4 p.m. to get the jumpseat. In the commuting world we take the first flight we can.
Yes... two flights to Portland at the same time. 3 minutes before departure... I'm on! A Horizon pilot helps me carry the special box down the stairs. He's commuting too. But then...
It turns out that they double booked a seat. The Horizon pilot bumps up to the flight deck, I bump out of the flight deck, onto the ramp and back up to the waiting area. The agent was wonderful! Not only did we use the elevator, but she said, "I will get you on the next flight."
Oh.. but it turns out the 3 p.m. has not left yet, and I get on that flight, and we depart at 4.50. And we actually beat 2057 out of the gate, which was technically supposed to be the next flight. Above is a typical standby list. Sometimes it can be pages long with no seats assigned.
Thankfully life turned out the way it did. I had the great fortune to sit beside Dennis the Menace. Well worth the trip! You meet the greatest people on the road.
Dinner came late by the time I reached my hotel in the form of room services. A late night bath with a great book. And the doors in the hallway began their morning ritual way too early. Today might be a great time for first break. I'm ready.
Oh... why added post? I could not get on the internet last night, and 787 was scheduled to go. Such is life on the road.
More to come....
Flight For Safety, I may not have written yesterday, but I got the best line for Darby from Dennis. It sounded exactly like something she would say.