Boeing debuts long-awaited 787 Dreamliner after three-year delay

US planemaker signed final deal with Japanese customer to deliver the $200m long-range aircraft
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Boeing's long-awaited 787 Dreamliner became a commercial reality on Sunday when the US planemaker signed a final contract to deliver the world's first lightweight composites jetliner to its Japanese customer (Getty Images)
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The aircraft was handed over three years behind schedule after persistent delays that cost Boeing billions of dollars (Getty Images)
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Boeing employees work on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for United Airlines September 25, 2011 in Everett, Washington. Boeing delivered its long-awaited and delayed first 787 airliner to All Nippon Airways which it will celebrate before ANA flies the airliner to Japan September 27, 2011 (Getty Images)
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Boeing says the plastics-based structure will generate 20 percent fuel savings for All Nippon Airways and other airlines, and give passengers a more comfortable ride with better cabin air and large electronically dimmable windows (Getty Images)
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Business class seats on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner owned by All Nippon Airways (Getty Images)
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The back of seats on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Getty Images)
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The Roll Royce engine is pictured on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner belonging to All Nippon Airways (Getty Images)
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The wings of four Boeing 787 Dreamliners stick out of the final assembly line (Getty Images)
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The aircraft was handed over three years behind schedule after persistent delays that cost Boeing billions of dollars (Getty Images)
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The $200m long-range aircraft, which boasts a graceful new design with raked wingtips, will leave for Japan on Tuesday and enter service domestically on Oct 26. Boeing has sold more than 800 Dreamliners, which will compete with the future Airbus A350, due mid-decade (Getty Images)