First Carbon-Skinned Boeing Jet Lands in Tokyo - NBC Chicago

First Carbon-Skinned Boeing Jet Lands in Tokyo

The jet will take its first commercial flight next nonth



    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.

    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.