The FAA has recently approved the first commercial flight for Boeing's newest airline the 787. Boeing's newest design is considered a revolution in the airline industry. More than half of the plane is made up of composite materials, and it is said to be quieter and use 20% less fuel than planes of a similar size. The 787 also has the ability to fly the longest flight in the world (currently New York the Singapore), and it will cost much less for the 787 to fly this route as well as many other long haul routes vs a 747.
The first passenger voyage is expected to take flight on October 26th with Japan's Nippon Airways. If you were hoping to catch a flight on the 787 but cannot make it all the way to Japan, don't worry, there are over 50 airlines who have placed orders with Boeing.