Boeing celebrated the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner to launch customer ANA during a ceremony on 26 September.
Boeing celebrated the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner to launch customer ANA during a ceremony on 26 September.

Boeing celebrated the delivery on 26 September with a ceremony adjacent to the factory where the aircraft was assembled. More than 500 employees representing the 787 programme walked alongside the all-new jetliner to present it to ANA executives as a crowd of thousands looked on.

Around 50% of the primary structure of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (including the fuselage and wing) is manfactured of composite materials. The aircraft is designed to provide airlines with improved fuel economy and low operating costs, and features a host of new technologies to enhance the passenger experience.

"The 787 Dreamliner is the biggest innovation in commercial aviation since the Boeing 707 introduced the world to passenger jet travel more than 50 years ago," stated Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. "I want to thank ANA and all the employees of Boeing and our partner companies for the talent, technology and teamwork that have brought this game-changing airplane to life."

During the ceremony, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh presented a ceremonial key to Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO of ANA.

ANA and Boeing completed the contractual delivery of the aircraft on 25 September.