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Aircraft manufacturer Boeing and airline ANA have signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner. Celebrations begin today with a delivery ceremony in Everett, Washington, USA, followed by a flyaway of the aircraft tomorrow morning.
The signing comes after a series of flights, inspections and the transfer of funds.
Scott Fancher, VP and General Manager of the 787 Programme, said: “Now that the aeroplane is ready to deliver, the entire team is ready to celebrate. We look forward to honouring our launch customer ANA before it flies its first Dreamliner home to Japan.”
Boeing employees will celebrate from 6am (Pacific time) today with the static display of ZA002, one of the flight test aircraft painted in ANA’s livery. At 9am, ANA and Boeing executives, employees, partners and government officials will gather for the delivery ceremony. The airline will then fly its new fleet member to Tokyo tomorrow at 6.35am from Paine Field.
“ANA has been a tremendous partner from day one,” said Mr Fancher. “Through the hard work and challenges, the Boeing team never lost focus on the commitments to our valued customer. We know ANA’s customers will love this aeroplane.”