September 26, 2011

Boeing has delivered its first 787 Dreamliner to Japanese customer All Nippon Airways (ANA).

Boeing says its carbon fibre design cuts fuel consumption by 20% and the plane gives passengers a more comfortable ride with better cabin air and large electronically dimmable windows.

The first $200m (£129m) plane arrived three years behind schedule after persistent delays that cost Boeing billions of dollars. The plane will enter service in October. Boeing has taken orders for 821 Dreamliners, which will compete with the Airbus A350, due in 2013.

ANA said the plane could go 52% further than the metal-framed Boeing 767 while using 20% less fuel for the distance flown.

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