First Carbon-Skinned Boeing Jet Lands in Tokyo

The jet will take its first commercial flight next nonth

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011  |  Updated 9:05 AM CDT
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First Carbon-Skinned Boeing Jet Lands in Tokyo

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Boeing employees march with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane during the ceremonial first delivery to All Nippon Airways at Paine Field Sept. 26 in Everett, Wash. Boeing delivered its long-awaited and three year overdue 787 airliner to All Nippon Airways which is expected to go in to service in November.

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The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet has landed in Tokyo, where All Nippon Airways is preparing the aircraft for its inaugural commercial flight.

The jet will make a special charter flight from Narita International Airport to Hong Kong on Oct. 26.

The 787 is the first commercial airliner built with a skin of carbon fiber rather than aluminum. 

Chicago-based Boeing says the carbon fiber makes the plane quieter and more fuel efficient—using about 20 percent less fuel that a comparable aluminum aircraft.

The plane took off from Everett, Wash. Tuesday morning. Workers there cheered the departure after a three-year delay in bringing the jet to market.

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