Dreamliner’s First Commercial Flight

All Nippon Airlines (ANA), the launch customer for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, operated the type’s first commercial passenger flight on October 26. 
The flight, from Tokyo to Hong Kong, took place some three years after the type’s original service entry date due to a series of production problems.
Wednesday’s flight was a special charter to mark the occasion, as regular services are scheduled to begin in November.
The Dreamliner is primarily constructed from carbon fibre rather the traditional aluminium and this, Boeing says, makes it 20% more fuel-efficient than its similarly-sized competitors.  Other benefits listed by the manufacturer include the industry’s largest windows, plus higher in-flight cabin humidity and cleaner air, giving the customer a more comfortable journey.
Although Boeing already has over 800 orders for its Dreamliner, the well-publicised production delays have had an impact on sales.  Earlier this month China Eastern Airlines announced that it was cancelling its order for 24 787s because it did not wish to wait any longer for deliveries.