Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off from the runway at Paine Field in Everett, Washington on Tuesday morning, December 15, 2009. Boeing finally completed the first flight for its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner on Tuesday. The widebody jet, the first commercial airplane made mostly of lightweight composite materials, is more than two years behind schedule because of parts problems and labor trouble. (AP photo)
The version being tested will be able to fly up to 250 passengers about 9,000 miles. A stretch version will be capable of carrying 290 passengers and a short-range model up to 330. (AP photo)
Chief 787 pilot Make Carriker, right, and Captain Randy Neville, left, talk to reporters after the inaugural flight of the first production Boeing 787 at Boeing Field in Seattle, on Tuesday. “The airplane responded just as we expected,” Randy Neville, one of the two pilots, said after touchdown on Tuesday at Seattle’s Boeing Field. “It was a joy to fly.” (AP photo)
The first production Boeing 787 is seen on the tarmac after its first flight in Seattle on Tuesday. Deteriorating but typical Northwest winter weather — rain, cold and wind — brought the plane back about an hour earlier than planned. (AP photo)
The 787 is a radical departure in aircraft design. Where other passenger jets are made mostly from aluminum and titanium, nearly all of the 787’s fuselage and wings are made of lightweight composite materials such as carbon fiber, accounting for about 50 per cent of the aircraft by weight.
Boeing says the aircraft will be quieter, produce lower emissions and use 20 per cent less fuel than comparable planes, while giving passengers a more comfortable cabin with better air quality and larger windows.
The plane is the first of six 787s Boeing will use in the nine-month flight-test program that will subject the aircraft to conditions well beyond those found in normal airline service, including temperature extremes, flying on one engine and slamming on the brakes at takeoff speed.
Boeing employees cheer as a 787 Dreamliner takes off from the runway at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. on Tuesday morning, Dec. 15, 2009. Boeing, which has orders for 840 of the jets, plans to make the first delivery to Japan’s All Nippon Airways late next year.
A Boeing Co. 787 airplane comes in for a landing at Boeing Field in Seattle after making its inaugural test flight Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. For the first time, Boeing has relied on suppliers around the globe to build nearly all components of the plane, which are then assembled in Everett.
The first production Boeing 787 sits on the tarmac at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. The first flight was supposed to be in 2007, with deliveries the following year. Boeing was forced to push that back five times. The next test flight for the first 787 is expected in about a week.