Celebrations to mark this historic milestone begin tomorrow in Everett with a delivery ceremony followed by flyaway of the airplane on Tuesday, said Boeing in a press release issued on 25 September. According to the company’s statement, Airplane 24, painted in ANA’s special livery, will join the display during the ceremony. Flyaway of the airplane to Tokyo is scheduled Tuesday morning at 6:35 a.m. from Paine Field.
By all accounts, perhaps save those from Airbus, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a very advanced technology airplane. It is claimed to offer new levels of fuel efficiency coupled with advances in cabin comfort for passengers. The plane has proven very difficult for Boeing to build on time and budget. Delays and cost overruns have plagued the program. However, few planes, and even fewer airplanes that have pushed the technology leading edge farther like the Boeing 787, have stayed on cost and schedule during development.
Time will tell if it earns its keep in service.