Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Takes First Commercial Flight on All Nippon Airways

After years of setbacks and production, the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its debut commercial flight on All Nippon Airways from Tokyo to Hong Kong on Wednesday.

The jet – made mainly out of carbon fiber instead of the traditional  aluminum and steel – promises to cut fuel costs by up to 20 percent and features larger windows and overhead bins.

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Other features and upgrades include:

  • It can carry between 210 and 290 passengers
  • Windows come with dimmer buttons, instead of pull shades
  • Engines are less noisy, and sensors detect upcoming turbulence

Problems have plagued the Dreamliner for years. Originally set to be completed three years ago, the company faced part shortages, work stoppages and other problems. While Chicago-based Boeing will not say how much each Dreamliner cost, its price ranges from $193.5 million to $227.8 million.

“We really have delivered a game-changer to the marketplace,” says Scott Fancher, Boeing vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “We’ve made an investment in a set of technology that will be with us for 20 to 30 years and serve as a basis for the development of our new airplanes as we go forward.”

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Published: October 21, 2011