Boeing, ANA prepare to put first 787 into service

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The new Boeing 787 is moving closer to its first commercial flight.

Boeing said Tuesday on Twitter that a certification event will be held Friday. All Nippon Airways, the first customer scheduled to receive the plane, said on its website that its first 787 flight will be a charter on Oct. 26 with regular service beginning Nov. 1.

The Japan-based airline says the charter will fly from Tokyo to Hong Kong and return the next day. The 787's first regular commercial flight will be from Tokyo's Haneda airport to Okayama, Japan.

Boeing completed flight tests with Rolls-Royce engines Aug. 17 and plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in September.

Delivery is about three years late. Boeing has orders for more than 800 of the planes from 55 customers.