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Inaugural Dreamliner flight finally takes off for Tokyo

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
October 2, 2012 4:34 pm

The inaugural commercial flight of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport finally took flight for Tokyo today more than 24 hours behind schedule.

The first All Nippon Airways Dreamliner flight left Sea-Tac at 1:54 p.m. today, some 24 hours and 39 minutes behind the original inaugural schedule. The first commercial 787 flight to leave Sea-Tac was not the plane originally set to depart Monday, but a plane that flew in from Tokyo Tuesday morning for the regular Tuesday departure.
ANA Dreamliner Takeoff
Takeoff at last for Sea-Tac Dreamliner

The Dreamliner that arrived Monday morning but which was delayed in taking off Monday afternoon for the return trip to Tokyo by a faulty cooling system valve took off for Japan at 2:23 p.m. today.

All Nippon had provided inaugural flight customers with meal and hotel vouchers while crews repaired the aircraft.

The ANA Dreamliner flights are the only 787 service to the U.S. with the exception of a Japan Airlines flight between Tokyo and Boston.

The Dreamliners delivered to ANA were built in Boeing’s Everett plant. The planes are revolutionary because of their carbon fiber composite bodies and wings. The planes are reportedly some 20 more fuel efficient than previous generation twin-engine wide-bodied aircraft their size.

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