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Boeing unveils first 787 Dreamliner following multiple delays
After several years of delays and postponing, Boeing will finally deliver the Boeing 787 to launch customer, All Nippon Airways.

August 7, 2011

Everett, Washington - Back in July 2007, Boeing held a roll-out ceremony for the new, state-of-the-art Boeing 787, which features a new design constructed predominantly out of composite material. This will allow the aircraft to be lighter in terms of weight, and will allow and increase in efficiency. Boeing stated that the 787 is the company's most fuel-efficient aircraft, using about 20% less fuel than other airliners, and is the first aircraft in the world to be composed of composite material. The aircraft was originally scheduled to enter service back in May 2008, however due to many delays, the  aircraft is now more than three years behind schedule.

After its maiden flight in December 2009, and its test flight certification in mid-2011, the Boeing 787 is now ready to be released to its launch customer, All Nippon Airways (ANA), a Japanese airline headquartered in Tokyo. The first aircraft will feature a special livery, which will celebrate the delivery of the first Boeing 787 to ANA. The first commercial flight will take place in October.

As of last June, over 800 orders for the 787 have been placed by 59 customers. All Nippon Airways, the launch customer of the 787, announced that the increased efficiency of the 787 will allow it to expand air service, particularly international routes. ANA's senior vice president, Mitsuo Morimoto stated that the 787 could be utilized for flights from Japan to the U.S. and Europe. 

Despite multiple delays and being three years behind schedule, Boeing has finally been able to complete certification and deliver its first Boeing 787. Scott Fancher, Boeing's vice president and general manager of the 787 program said, "We are rolling out the first delivery plane, the first 787. That's an amzing thing for those who have worked on the program five, six, seven years, here at Boeing and our partners around the world."