Delivery ceremony held in Wash. for 1st Boeing 787
Sunday, September 25, 2011
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Hundreds of people who gathered Monday for the delivery ceremony of the first Boeing 787 took cover from rain under the wings of two of the new airplanes at Paine Field, near the factory in Everett, Wash., where they were assembled.
All Nippon Airways signed delivery documents on Sunday and plans to fly its first plane away Tuesday. It goes into service in November in Japan.
It's a long-awaited milestone for Boeing after three years of delays.
Boeing says a high-tech plastic fuselage makes the airplane lighter than planes it will replace, saving airlines fuel. It promises passengers more comfort with features such as bigger windows and larger luggage bins.
Boeing has more than 800 orders for the wide-body plane that will compete with the Airbus A350.