Final assembly has begun on the first
Boeing 787 Dreamliner destined for delivery to launch customer
ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan.
and ANA celebrated the occasion with a traditional "Kagami wari"
ceremony, the breaking open of a wooden "Taru" (sake barrel) lid
with wooden mallets.
"This is a great day for the 787
team," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of
the 787 Dreamliner program. "In 2004, ANA demonstrated great faith
in Boeing and the 787 by placing the largest launch order for any
new airplane in Boeing history. Since then, the ANA team has been
an integral part of developing the 787 family of airplanes."
ANA President & CEO Shinichiro Ito,
said, "As the launch customer, we
are delighted and excited to see the achievement of this milestone
and to have worked closely together to reach this day. We look
forward to the start of the 787 flight test program and delivery
into our fleet next year."
ANA and Boeing launched the 787 program with a
firm order for 50 of the all-new composite jetliner. Deliveries
are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2010.
The 787 Dreamliner currently has 865
orders from 56 airlines.
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