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Dreamliner to embark on world tour

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011 at 7:21 am |
October 21, 2011 7:22 am

Boeing’s revolutionary 787 Dreamliner begins a world tour Nov. 1 to raise its profile and to give airlines that have waited patiently for its commercial debut a hands-on look at the plane in their hometowns.

The Dreamliner, equipped with a variety of interior configurations, will visit more than 30 cities worldwide, reports aviation bloggr Jon Ostrower. The Dreamliner is the world’s first airliner built mainly of composite materials instead of aluminum. The plane is 20 percent more fuel efficient than most of the mid-sized airliners it will replace.

The plane enters regular commercial service next month for Japan’s All Nippon Airways. The plane’s deliveries are running more than three years behind schedule because of production and design glitches.

That delay has cost Boeing more than 100 Dreamliner orders as airlines have grown impatient with the delays. The aerospace company still has nearly 800 on its order books.

Boeing hopes the tour will reassure customers that the plane was worth their wait and convince other airlines to order the plane.

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