Boeing Dreamliner finishes first commercial flight

by William ASTON on October 27, 2011

A Boeing Dreamliner has finally completed its maiden commercial voyage, more than three years later than was first planned.

All Nippon Airlines’ new model transported its first passengers from the Japanese capital Tokyo to Hong Kong. The plane had originally been scheduled to be delivered in 2008, but its manufacturer, Boeing, suffered a series of setbacks.

Yesterday’s flight was a special charter and normal services are set to start in November. This week, Boeing reported that its quarterly profits were at least third higher than in the same period last year. Faults with the Dreamliner put its launch well behind schedule, with the latest being a fire onboard test flights last November.

Understandably, the company hopes that a successful launch is going to help put to rest memories of its prior setbacks. Boeing says that the twin-aisle plane features the largest windows in the industry, with much higher cabin humidity and noticeably cleaner air – factors which combine to mean passengers arrive at their final destinations more refreshed.

Due to the materials used in the construction of the plane - carbon fibre rather as opposed to aluminium – in addition to new engines and better developed aerodynamics, Boeing believes that the Dreamliner is a fifth more fuel efficient when measured against similarly-sized models currently flying today.

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