Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner plane has made its maiden voyage outside the United States, touching down at the Farnborough Air Show in Britain.
The Dreamliner is made from lightweight carbon fibre rather than aluminium and the company says it is more fuel efficient than its competitors, producing 20 per cent less CO2 emmissions.
Technical delays mean the plane is already two years behind schedule but first deliveries are expected early in 2011.
Meanwhile, rival firm Airbus was determined that the American-made plane would not steal the limelight.
The company announced on Monday that Russian carrier Aeroflot had inked a deal to buy 11 A330-300 planes, believed to be worth around 1.5 billion euros.
The Farnbourough Air Show in Hampshire, England is one of the world’s biggest aviation events.
Held every two years, the show is renowned as being a venue for the announcement of major orders.