Dreamliner ceremony: ANA and Boeing to celebrate long-awaited delivery

Boeing will officially hand over the US$200m aircraft to ANA today with a grand ceremony.

Dreamliner ceremony: ANA and Boeing to celebrate long-awaited delivery

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has become a reality - after being plagued by delays. Launch customer ANA will be presented its first lightweight carbon composite plane in a ceremony on Monday morning in the States (PST) Source: Boeing

Officials from Boeing and Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) have signed the final paperwork ahead of the long-anticipated delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner on Monday – which is more than three years behind schedule.

The US$200m (£130m) aircraft is one of 55 Dreamliners on ANA’s order books.

An official handover ceremony will take place at Boeing’s manufacturing facility at Paine Field, Everett, Washington on Monday morning (9am, PST).

The event is not open to the public but Boeing will stream it live here.

The 787 will fly to Tokyo on Tuesday, where it will make its first passenger flight to Hong Kong with a special charter service.

ANA’s first regular passenger flights will serve Japan domestic routes between Haneda and Okayama and Hiroshima in November 2011, followed by Haneda to Beijing and Frankfurt services in December 2011 and January 2012 respectively.

The plane will compete with the Airbus A350, anticipated for delivery to launch customer Qatar Airways in 2013.

Boeing currently has 821 orders for the 787, which it says is 20% more fuel efficient than similar-sized planes.

The 787 is also expected to offer a better cabin experience, as the planes feature the industry’s largest windows and higher cabin humidity levels designed to relieve the symptoms of jet lag.

Boeing’s latest milestone follows a recent setback, after its scheduled first delivery of the 747-8 Freighter was cancelled at short notice because of a contract dispute with launch customer Cargolux.

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