ANA to Celebrate Delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Monday

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 26 September 2011

Boeing and ANA have signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner.

Celebrations to mark this historic milestone begin today (Monday) in Everett with a delivery ceremony followed by flyaway of the airplane on Tuesday.

The signing on Sunday comes after a series of flights, inspections and the transfer of funds.

"Now that the airplane is ready to deliver, the entire team is ready to celebrate," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "We look forward to honoring our launch customer ANA before they fly their first Dreamliner home to Japan."

Celebrations for Boeing employees begin Monday at 06:00 (Pacific time) outside the 787 factory in Everett with the static display of ZA002, one of the flight test airplanes painted in ANA's livery. ANA and Boeing executives, employees, partners and government officials will gather at 09:00 for the delivery ceremony in the same location. Airplane 24, painted in ANA's special livery, will join the display during the ceremony. Flyaway of the airplane to Tokyo is scheduled Tuesday morning at O6:35 from Paine Field.

A live webcast of Monday's delivery events and Tuesday's flyaway can be seen online and video highlights of those events will be posted to the website.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new airplane featuring a host of advanced technologies. The mid-size airplane is capable of flying long-range routes. Composite materials, more-electric systems, advanced aerodynamics and modern engines combine to make the 787 fuel efficient and provide lower operating costs. Passengers should appreciate the cleaner cabin air, higher humidity and lower cabin altitude that combine to help them feel more refreshed after flying on the 787. Other innovations include larger windows with electrochromic shades, bigger onboard luggage bins and LED lighting.

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