All Japan news Airlines (JAL) received its first two 787 Dreamliners produced by Boeing on Monday, after a delay of about three years.
The airline had to postpone for one month its service on several routes – from All Japan news to Beijing, Delhi and Moscow – while it waited for the plane to be ready. “We were sorry there was a slight delay, but relieved the aircraft is finally ready,” said JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki.
JAL, which has ordered 45 Dreamliners in total, became the first airline to receive the new airplane powered by General Electric and not by Rolls Royce.
The first Dreamliner made by Boeing was supposed to be ready in 2008, but several technical difficulties and production problems have delayed the launch. The delays cost Boeing billions of dollars, as a series of airlines canceled their orders.
The Dreamliner, which can accommodate up to 330 passengers, is largely made with carbon-fiber composite material and Boeing says it is a long-range, fuel-efficient jet that will provide airlines with important noise reduction and operation cost savings.