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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner makes first test flight

EVERETT, Wash. - The highly anticipated and often delayed next wave of commercial jetliner finally took flight Tuesday.

The "future" of flight and perhaps the airline industry soared high above the mountains of the state Tuesday afternoon.

"I think the design of the aircraft, the way we positioned it in the market place has been such that its been able to take advantage of a real change... in the way our commercial customers think about the future," said Vice President and General Manager of Boeing's 787 program, Scott Fancher.

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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner takes off on its maiden flight


It's been a long time coming as the maiden flight of the Boeing 787 had been postponed at least six times.

Production issues, a labor strike and a structural glitch all grounded the jetliner and pushed the project more than two years behind schedule. Still, that has seemingly done little to dampen the hype and hope that surrounds the so-called "Dreamliner."

The lightweight carbon and titanium plane is designed to save airlines millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs and should ease the wear-and-tear on travelers with amenities such as larger overhead bins, softer lighting and larger windows.

The cabin can be also be pressurized to a lower altitude and handle higher humidity.

"The flying public will be much less fatigued after a flight on a 787," said Fancher.

Passengers could grow tired waiting for a flight as Tuesday's launch was the first of what Boeing says will be at least nine months of airborne tests with a fleet of six 787's flying around the clock.

The first commercial flight is likely, still more than a year away.

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