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First 787 Dreamliner heads for Japan

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16:11, September 28, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The first 787 Dreamliner delivered by Boeing took off for Japan Tuesday and will be launched into passenger service in late October.

The airplane, which Boeing announced to deliver to All Nippon Airways (ANA) on Sunday, took off from Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington, and is scheduled to arrive in Japan Wednesday morning.

ANA's first commercial passengers on the 787 will take a special charter from Tokyo to China's Hong Kong on Oct. 26 and the Japanese airline will pick up its second Dreamliner on Oct. 14, according to The Seattle Times.

Boeing handed over the key of the first 787 on Monday after multiple delays more than four years. At the delivery ceremony, ANA said it will receive all the 50 787 Dreamliners it has ordered by 2017.

According to Boeing, the 787 Dreamliner is the world's first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-distance routes. It is the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use advance carbon-fiber composite materials for most of its construction, which are much stronger and lighter than the aluminum parts they replace.

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