After a three-year delay Boeing has finally delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways (ANA) at a ceremony at Everett, Washington.
The aircraft had originally been scheduled for 2008, but the planemaker has suffered a series of setbacks including an onboard blaze on a test flight in January.
The Dreamliner boasts the industry’s largest windows, cleaner air and higher cabin humidity to allow passengers to arrive at their destination in a fresher state.
Speaking under wet skies Boeing CEO Jim Albaugh said: “Today is gonna be remembered as one of the most important in the history of the Boeing company and also in the history of commercial air travel. And I know that today, September 26 will be forever remembered as the dawn of a new day in aviation.”
Boeing’s difficulty in hitting production targets has hurt the company, but its shares rose some three percent on Monday as the markets reacted positively to the delivery.
The plane, made of lightweight composite materials, is 20 percent more fuel-efficient than similar-sized aircraft and Boeing believe the maximum 290-seater will prove a hit with carriers and passengers.
ANA intends to introduce the 787 on domestic flights between Tokyo and Okayama-Hiroshima by mid-November. The aircraft will then link Tokyo with Frankfurt in January.
Boeing has 821 orders for the 787 and it plans to be building 10 planes per month by 2013.