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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 hduser on 11/6/2012 12:50:19 PM , Rating: 1
The Wright Brothers didn't invent the airplane. They perfected a method of controlled flight. I believe there were airplanes but they flew in a straight line and mostly a novelty.

The Wright Brother's meticulous method of testing (scale modeling, and wind tunnels) made the idea of their warped wing come to life. They tamed flying to something manageable and practical.

RE: 787
By Reclaimer77 on 11/6/12, Rating: 0
RE: 787
By hduser on 11/6/2012 5:26:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not marginalizing the Wright Brothers feat. It was an amazing engineering achievement for the era and an important milestone.

RE: 787
By Keeir on 11/6/2012 1:35:22 PM , Rating: 3
Sorry. No.

Before the Wright brothers, there were -no- self-powered planes capable of carrying a person for -any- length of time.

Not only were the Wright Brothers the first to ever demonstrate a definate self-powered flight (as opposed to using gravity to build up kinetic energy and then using the kinetic energy to generate lift), but years before anyone else even got off the ground they were capable of flying for 20-30 minutes over miles.

RE: 787
By hduser on 11/6/2012 5:20:27 PM , Rating: 2
May I introduce you to Clement Ader?

He got it off the ground and was barely in control.

The Wright Brothers did achieve a heck of a lot more though.

RE: 787
By Keeir on 11/6/2012 6:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad reading comprehension is difficult for you

I think you also ought to read my statement

Not only were the Wright Brothers the first to ever demonstrate a definate self-powered flight

Other people claim to have had self-powered flight. And they may have acchieved self-powered flight. None actually seceeding in having a repeatable solution that performed upon public demonstration.

RE: 787
By hduser on 11/6/2012 8:46:45 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing wrong with my reading and comprehension compared to your spelling and politeness.

RE: 787
By tamalero on 11/7/2012 1:29:55 PM , Rating: 2
its amazing how it always ends in a e-penis contest regarding who is better.. boeing or airbus.

almost as bad as a presidential campaign or religious talk.

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