01 July 2010
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Dreamliner on show at Farnborough

The third Boeing 787 Dreamliner, designated ZA003, made its international debut this week landing in the UK in time for the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow.

The airplane was on static display for two days and flew home as the final pass of Tuesday's flying display.

The nonstop flight to Farnborough from Seattle was the first international trip made by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The Dreamliner will provide airlines around the globe with a new level of efficiency in operations, with a 20 percent reduction in fuel use when compared to similar-sized airplanes. The 787 is claimed to bring a new level of passenger comfort with bigger windows and more personal space as well a relaxed environment.

Boeing executives and members of the board of directors, dignitaries from the US and UK and a wide variety of media were on hand to welcome Captains Mike Bryan and Ted Grady as they stepped off the airplane and welcomed visitors aboard. About a dozen people flew on the airplane to conduct testing during the transatlantic flight.

"It's an honour to showcase the 787 here at the Farnborough Airshow," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 programme for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "I can't think of a finer stage on which to present this highly anticipated airplane.

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Paul Gay

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