Boeing Co's Dreamliner set to make maiden commercial journey

After three years of delays, the All Nippon Airlines flight takes to the skies with its first passengers
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After three years of delays, Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner has finally taken off on its maiden commercial voyage today, October 26 2011. The All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight took off from Tokyo, bound for Hong Kong. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The first commercial flight has giving a handful of deep-pocketed passengers the chance to fly into history on what is touted as an aviation breakthrough. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Dreamliner was originally scheduled to be delivered to All Nippon Airways in 2008, but suffered a string of delays. It finally delivered the plane this September.
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All Nippon Airways CEO Shinichiro Ito, (L) signs papers with Boeing Company Executive Vice President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Jim Albaugh during Boeing's 787 Dreamliner ceremonial first delivery to All Nippon Airways at Paine Field September 26, 2011 in Everett, Washington. (Getty Images)
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Business class seats on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Today's flight is a special charter, with normal flights due to commence in November. (Getty Images)
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The twin-aisle, mid-size plane features the industry's largest windows, with higher cabin humidity and cleaner air - all of which combine to allow passengers to arrive at their destinations more refreshed. (AFP/Getty Images)
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According to Boeing, materials used in manufacturing also make the plane approximately 20 percent more fuel efficient than similarly-sized models, an important feature given the rising cost of fuel. (Getty Images)
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Boeing said it was forced to push the delivery back to ensure the plane was safe. Problems with the Dreamliner included an onboard fire during test flights in January. (Getty Images)
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The Roll Royce engine is pictured on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The manufacturer plans to make 10 of the planes per month as of 2013. (Getty Images)
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Japan is expected to be a key market for the new model, with Boeing far surpassing Airbus on sales in the country. (AFP/Getty Images)