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Boeing 787 Dreamliner  (Source: boeing.mediaroom.com)
Boeing hopes to deliver this first 787 to ANA in September 2011

Boeing has been working diligently on its new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet despite several delays. Now, Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) are launching the first 787 Dreamliner that will enter into service.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane to fly long-range routes, allowing airlines to open non-stop routes for travelers. It features a range of technologies that offer a new kind of comfort for passengers, such as larger windows with electrochromic shades, LED lighting, larger onboard luggage bins, touch-panel in-flight entertainment screens, cleaner cabin air, higher humidity and lower cabin altitude (to help passengers feel less affected by certain flying conditions). In addition, the 787 Dreamliner is more fuel efficient due to modern engines and advanced aerodynamics, and requires lower operating costs.

Boeing announced the assembly of the 787 in 2003. As time went on, the aircraft experienced several delays due to problems with suppliers and the advanced materials used in the Dreamliner's construction. A fully assembled 787 Dreamliner made an appearance in 2007, and it took its first flight in 2009. In early 2010, it completed its "initial airworthiness" testing only to experience an electrical fire later in the year.

But these problems are in the past, and Boeing has proudly released the 787 Dreamliner that will be entered into service. This first 787 provides a short-haul international design featuring economy and business-class cabins. 

"Our teams are making outstanding progress in completing the first airplane to be delivered and achieving certification of the 787," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "We are inspired by the airline's enthusiasm for this airplane and look forward to the day when we make our first delivery to ANA."

Mitsuo Morimoto, ANA senior executive vice president and member of the board of directors, said that ANA's passengers will be the first to experience the unique environment the 787 Dreamliner provides, and that they surely will not regret this method of travel.

Boeing hopes to deliver this first 787 to ANA in September 2011, where ANA will first fly it as a charter international flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong.



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that's wonderful and all...
By sorry dog on 8/8/2011 12:14:02 PM , Rating: 2
so the airline suit says
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that ANA's passengers will be the first to experience the unique environment the 787 Dreamliner provides, and that they surely will not regret this method of travel.
...unless said passengers get a TSA wand stuck up their butt before they get on the plane and they won't be thinking about the wonderful humidity levels.




RE: that's wonderful and all...
By KITH on 8/9/2011 3:41:18 PM , Rating: 3
Where in the flight between Tokyo and Hong Kong is the TSA going to get involved?


RE: that's wonderful and all...
By lelias2k on 8/9/2011 6:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
I fly regularly and I'm yet to experience any problems with TSA. My experience is that as long as you're following the rules, they'll treat you well.

The main problem is that most people can't spend 5 minutes on either the airline or TSA's website learning what those rules are, and when they are stopped they get pissed off and it's a snowball from there.


thumbs up
By GulWestfale on 8/8/2011 12:06:51 PM , Rating: 5
congrats to boeing!

i'm german, and therefore should like airbus more tan their american rival, but the truth is that i like technology more than petty things like nationality and who illegally subsidized whom etc etc....

here's to many more decades of competition between boeing and airbus, and i hope the planes we will get to see -and fly on- in the future will be even more amazing than the current ones!




RE: thumbs up
By Chaser on 8/8/2011 12:24:08 PM , Rating: 2
How gracious of you to say! Indeed a win-win for us all :)


RE: thumbs up
By inperfectdarkness on 8/8/2011 10:58:03 PM , Rating: 1
higher humidity CANNOT be overrated. as someone who has to fly for 10+ hours at a time, i can personally attest to this be a VERY welcome development.


Good job Boeing!
By Roy2001 on 8/8/2011 1:47:10 PM , Rating: 2
We went to Seattle last month and took the Boeing factory tour. 787 looks cool and my son bought a 787 model. He loves it.




RE: Good job Boeing!
By Jeffk464 on 8/8/2011 8:35:47 PM , Rating: 2
nice to finally hear some good news for a US engineered and manufactured product.


Good on them
By Paj on 8/9/2011 7:35:36 AM , Rating: 2
Always good to hear that a massively complex project like this gets off the ground (ho ho)

Look forward to flying on one! (and to seeing what airbus will come up with next).




RE: Good on them
By Jeffk464 on 8/9/2011 10:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing they will come up with a mostly composite air frame with super efficient engines and long range for a mid sized aircraft. :) Who knows, airbus hasn't given the 777 much competition yet.


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