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Boeing Rolls Out Its New 787 Dreamliner

August 8, 2011

After being delayed three years, Boeing rolled out its 787 Dreamliner for the first time on Saturday.

The plane is the first commercial airliner to be made of mostly carbon composites or super durable plastic.  Boeing said those materials mean the plane would use 20 percent less fuel than conventional airliners. 

“Our teams are making outstanding progress in completing the first airplane to be delivered and achieving certification of the 787,” Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, said in a press release. “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.”

According to Boeing, the manufacturer has over 800 orders for the 787 Dreamliner, which has a list price of about $200 million per plane.

The 787 features a short-haul international interior design with business- and economy-class cabins.

“ANA’s passengers will be the first to experience the 787 Dreamliner’s comfortable interior environment,” Mitsuo Morimoto, ANA senior executive vice president and member of the board of directors, said in a press release. “Combined with ANA’s superior levels of service, passengers will enjoy a spacious interior, larger windows, comfortable seats and touch-panel in-flight entertainment screens.”

Boeing said with its new 787 that the passenger’s will have a more pleasant and comfortable flight due to its cleaner cabin air, lower cabin altitude and higher humidity.

“The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new airplane featuring a host of technologies that provide exceptional value to airlines and unparalleled levels of comfort to passengers,” Boeing said in a statement.

“It is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes, enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public.”

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