Three years late, Boeing delivers first Dreamliner

Sep 26, 2011

Business digest: All Nippon Airways receives its first 787, which promises high fuel efficiency and passenger comfort

Three years after the plane was supposed to be finished, Boeing has delivered its first 787 Dreamliner to Japanese customer All Nippon Airways.

The $200m planes have been beset by numerous production delays which have cost Boeing around $32bn, raising concerns about the company's ability to earn back the money.

Boeing hopes the aircraft's carbon fibre design, which decreases fuel consumption by 20 per cent and gives passengers a more comfortable flying experience, will be enough to attract interest from more airlines.

Boeing has taken orders for 821 Dreamliners, the first of which are expected to be in the sky by next month. All Nippon Airways have bought 55. They said the planes could go 52 per cent further than the metal-framed Boeing 767 with 20 per cent less fuel.

Read a full report at the Guardian.

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