Dreamliner makes U.S. debut

Dreamliner makes U.S. debut

United, the first North American airline to receive a 787, completes its maiden Dreamliner passenger flight
The US$206.8 million aircraft is acclaimed as “the most technologically advanced commercial jetliner ever built” by Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. (File image courtesy Boeing).

After years of manufacturing delays and cost overruns, the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its North American debut on Sunday, toting more than 200 eager United Airlines passengers from Houston to Chicago.

After a morning full of festivities, starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremoney, the plane departed Bush Intercontinental Airport and touched down two and a half hours later at O'Hare International Airport where it was greeted by a water cannon salute.

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The 787 uses 20 percent less fuel than other aircraft in the same category thanks to a lighter composite fuselage. It also has bigger, dimmable windows and roomier cabins.

Find out what else makes the 787 so special here.

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