U.S. airplane manufacturer Boeing has successfully performed the first flight of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The flight took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, touching down later in Seattle after stability and systems tests.
The first Boeing production in ten years, and two years past its deadline, the Dreamliner is the first plane to be built with a plastic fuselage and all-electric system. Makers say it is expected to use 20% less fuel on long-haul routes, a boon in an economy focused on cutting unnecessary costs. The plane will also feature higher cabin humidity, as well as other comforts and conveniences.
A whopping 840 orders have already been placed, making this Boeing's most popular new plane ever. Israeli airline Arkia is amongst the companies which have placed orders.
Gen. (res.) David Ivri, President of Boeing Israel, said, “This event is an important milestone for the future of civil aviation. The Dreamliner will enable Boeing to continue meeting the needs of both passengers and airlines, in Israel and around the world. One Israeli company, Arkia, has already ordered the new plane, and I am confident that other companies will soon do the same.”
The Boeing flight comes just days after the maiden voyage of the Gulfstream Aerospace G250 super-midsize aircraft. The large-cabin 20-seater business jet was built in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries in Tel Aviv and flown by IAI chief test pilot Ronen Shapira. It is capable of flying non-stop from London to New York.