Celebrations begin for delivery of Boeing’s first 787

EVERETT — Boeing and All Nippon Airways signed the formal documents Sunday completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner.

Celebrations to mark this historic milestone begin today in Everett with a delivery ceremony followed by flyaway of the airplane on Tuesday. Today’s signing comes after a series of flights, inspections and the transfer of funds.

“Now that the airplane is ready to deliver, the entire team is ready to celebrate,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “We look forward to honoring our launch customer ANA before they fly their first Dreamliner home to Japan.”

Celebrations for Boeing employees began at 6 a.m. today outside the 787 factory with the static display of ZA002, one of the flight test airplanes painted in ANA’s livery. ANA and Boeing executives, employees, partners and government officials will gather at 9 a.m. for the delivery ceremony in the same location. Airplane 24, painted in ANA’s special livery, will join the display during the ceremony. Flyaway of the airplane to Tokyo is scheduled for 6:35 a.m. Tuesday from Paine Field.

A live webcast of today’s delivery events and Tuesday’s flyaway can be seen at www.newairplane.com. Video highlights of those events also will be posted to the website.

“ANA has been a tremendous partner from day one,” said Fancher. “Through the hard work and challenges, the Boeing team never lost focus on the commitments to our valued customer. We know ANA’s customers will love this airplane.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new airplane featuring a host of technologies that provide exceptional value to airlines and unparalleled levels of comfort to passengers. It is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes, enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public.

Composite materials, more-electric systems, advanced aerodynamics and modern engines combine to make the 787 more fuel efficient and provide lower operating costs. Passengers will appreciate the cleaner cabin air, higher humidity and lower cabin altitude that combine to help them feel more refreshed after flying on the 787. Other innovations include larger windows with electrochromic shades, bigger onboard luggage bins and LED lighting.

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