July 4 - Japan's ANA takes delivery of first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Tokyo. Arnold Gay reports.
NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS EDITED 4 BY 3 MATERIAL Boeing's launch customer took delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner Sunday, with a smooth landing at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. All Nippon Airways pilot Masayuki Ishii was at the controls, and he described the landing as routine, at first. (SOUNDBITE)(Japanese) ANA PILOT MASAYUKI ISHII, SAYING: "To tell you the truth, at first it just felt like any other landing in Tokyo, but once we touched down it became emotional." ANA has an order for 14 of the planes, which it plans to use mainly on flights to Europe or the Middle East. The order, however is over two years late, as Boeing battled with the new carbon composite being used, extensive outsourcing and difficulties in bringing together parts made all over the world. But Boeing's James Albaugh is confident it will be worth the wait (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BOEING JAMES ALBAUGH SAYING: "While we apologize for being late, we hope when you fly this airplane and see its capabilities, you'll forgive us." Boeing has promised the 787 will save airlines million of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs because of it's lighter carbon-fiber construction. It's also says the plane will provide unrivaled luxury and comfort for passengers. Arnold Gay, Reuters.