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article imageBoeing 787 'Dreamliner' Maiden Flight Takes Off This Month

By Leo Reyes     Jun 21, 2009 in Technology
After a series of postponement of its launching due to production delays, the much awaited Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its maiden flight by the end of the month.
The much awaited launching of Boeing’s latest luxury passenger aircraft will happen by the end of the month although no specific date has been set.
The 787 Dreamliner launch has been delayed for about two years since the program was launched in 2004 because of production problems. A two-year machinist strike at the Boeing plant has also contributed to the delay
Yahoo news reports:
US aerospace giant Boeing is readying its 787 ‘Dreamliner’ for first test flight in the coming days, banking on the new fuel-efficient plane to sail above stiff market headwinds.
Boeing expects the much-delayed Dreamliner to have its maiden flight by June 30 on a schedule that puts delivery of the plane to first customer, All Nippon Airways (ANA), in the first quarter of 2010.
Boeing earlier announced that 56 airline companies have ordered a total of 865 units of the Dreamliner. Japanese Airliner ANA placed 50 units for the fuel-efficient jet. Other airlines that placed orders have either postponed or cancelled orders mainly because of production delays
The 787 Dreamliner is the company's first new model in more than a decade and features 50 percent plastic composites, compared with 12 percent on its 777s, helping lower fuel consumption.
According to Boeing, the 787 will use 20 percent less fuel than similarly sized airplanes, reducing emissions by a similar amount, the report added.
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