THE LAUNCH CUSTOMER for Boeing’s new 787 ‘Dreamliner’ is preparing to fly away with the new plane tomorrow, from a field near where the plane was built.
Japanese airline All Nippon Airways signed delivery documents yesterday, and Boeing is holding a delivery ceremony today.
The airline plans to put the plane into service in Japan in two months’ time.
The delivery of the 787 is a long-awaited milestone for Boeing, after three years of delays for the new model which was first flown in 2009.
Boeing says a high-tech plastic fuselage makes the airplane lighter than the planes it will replace, saving fuel.
It also offers passengers more comfort with features such as bigger windows and larger luggage bins, as well as a much more spacious interior design.
Boeing has orders for more than 800 of the long-range craft, which . The 787 will compete with the A350 that Airbus plans to launch.