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Boeing employees see off first 787 Dreamliner

September 28, 2011, 05:35 pm

A crowd of hundreds attended the maiden voyage of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner recently, as the plane was given to All Nippon Airways at a ceremony in Everett, Washington, according to the Daily Mail. Although design and production of the aircraft has been marred by delays and soaring costs that some analysts say suggest the manufacturer may never make money on the plane, the first airplane's departure was a proud moment for the many engineers who worked on it.

The plane can seat between 210 and 250 passengers, and offers state-of-the-art-technology for passengers and pilots alike, with some of the most advanced navigational and automated technology in the cockpit and Android-powered tablet computers stored in the headrest of every seat. ANA, the first airline company to purchase a 787, spent $11 billion on 55 planes.

Made from advanced composite materials, the plane is also one of the most fuel efficient commercial jets ever made, with a range of up to 8,200 nautical miles and a cruising speed on about 640mph, according to the source.

According to Boeing, a 787 Dreamliner lists for between $185.2 and $218.1 million, depending on the model.

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