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Japan's All Nippon Gets Key To First Boeing 787

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Boeing Co. handed over the key for its first 787 wide-body jet to All Nippon Airways on Monday after years of delays.

Thousands of workers gathered for the ceremony at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. They gathered outside the building where the planes are assembled, with many finding shelter from the rain under the wings of two yet-to-be-delivered 787s.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Jim Albaugh praised the workers' achievement.

The new jet is the first commercial airliner built using carbon fiber rather than the typical aluminum skin.

The first ANA 787 was nearby at the Future of Flight aviation center, where it was being prepared for a reception Monday night and its flight to Japan on Tuesday. The plane goes into service in November.

      
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