First Flight for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The long-awaited inaugural flight of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner will take to the sky Wednesday, carrying 264 passengers from Tokyo to Hong Kong.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the first airline to purchase the plane, which was supposed to be ready three years ago but it took Boeing longer to turn out than the company expected. The $200 million Dreamliner is the first commercial jet made from light-weight carbon rather than aluminum—which means a lower fuel cost for airlines.

According to Boeing’s web site, there are 821 planes on order. The company now faces the task of stepping up production, as only two Dreamliners are being built per month.

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