All Nippon Airways to receive first 787 Dreamliner in September

Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be delivered to All Nippon Airways on Sept. 25, three years behind schedule, after Friday’s regulatory approvals of the world’s first plastic-composite jet. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner received its so-called type certifications from U.S. and European governments, verifying that it complies with aviation standards, in a ceremony at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington. The 787, Boeing’s first new plane since the twin-aisle 777, is arriving late and billions of dollars over budget because of struggles with the new materials and production system the company developed for it.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will arrive in Tokyo for its initial customer on Sept. 28 after contractual delivery three days earlier, Boeing and All Nippon said in a statement. The 250-seat Dreamliner uses lighter plastics and more electricity to let it fly farther with less fuel. That allows airlines to open new long-haul routes that wouldn’t warrant service with jumbo jets.ANA plans to use the jet on domestic routes initially and then begin flights to Europe with it next year.