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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed Bush Intercontinental Airport 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, November 4

Boeing finally sent its 787 Dreamliner on its North American debut Sunday morning after several delays over the years

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed Bush Intercontinental Airport 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, November 4. The new plane carried over 200 passengers from Houston to Chicago, touching the ground two and a half hours after taking off. 

Shortly before the flight took place, United Airlines completed its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification process for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

"I want to thank my co-workers who worked so carefully and professionally to get United certified to operate the Dreamliner," said Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc. (the holding company for United Airlines). "Many people from across the company put in a lot of work to help us induct and prepare to operate the 787, and I'm proud to share this important day with all of them."

The 787 Dreamliner was delayed for years before this official debut, mainly due to manufacturing and cost-related issues. Delays have dated back as far as 2008.

?787 Dreamliner business first cabin

The first 787 Dreamliner made its maiden flight in December 2009.

The 787 Dreamliner is an efficient airplane made of lightweight carbon composites, which features a whole new passenger experience with dimmable windows, LED lights, reclining business class seats and even higher humidity. These lighter materials mean airlines can use less fuel.

The Dreamliners have 36 first-class seats, 70 premium-economy seats and 113 economy seats. United said it ordered 50 787s. 

Source: United Hub

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RE: 787
By Fritzr on 11/6/2012 2:41:35 AM , Rating: 3
Otto Lillienthal was an American?

1909 (Germany) first passenger airline, DELAG (Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft)
1912 (Germany) First flight attendant (Steward/Stewardess) Heinrich Kubis
1919 (USA) Kansas City-based Commercial Airship Syndicate, Ltd. [First American Airline]

Omitting dirigible airships (which were definitely commercial airliners) we have
1913 (Russia) Sikorsky Ilya Muromets
1919 (France) Farman F.60 Goliath
1919 (Germany) Junkers F.13 [First all metal]
1925 (USA) Ford Tri-Motor [First American!]
1943 (USA) Lockheed L-049 Constellation [First pressurized cabin]
1948 (UK) Vickers VC.1 Viking [First pure jet airliner]
1949 (UK) de Havilland DH 106 Comet [First production jetliner]

Yep, you're right the Yanks had the first airline, first airliner and the first in everything else...

RE: 787
By retrospooty on 11/6/2012 12:19:01 PM , Rating: 3
You are confusing airline with airplane. The Wright brothers were the first to fly in an airplane, which they also invented.

An airline is a company that uses airplanes (that were invented by the 2 Americans) to shuttle people around.

See the difference?

RE: 787
By retrospooty on 11/6/2012 12:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
Meant to add, the Wright brothers did it in 1903. Duh.

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