Airbus Bides Its Time in Boeing Battle
From advanced composite materials to engines to maintenance savings, Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner is changing the rules of the game before it even takes flight. Boeing (BA) is broadcasting the plane's public debut worldwide on July 8 and has invited 15,000 VIPs to attend the ceremony at its production plant in Everett, Wash. (Another 30,000 or so employees and retirees will watch the event from Qwest Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks.)
=== BOEING DREAMLINER===
The firm has so far received 642 orders for the midsize, long-haul jet from 46 airlines and leasing firms.
Sunday has been chosen for Dreamliner's unveiling as it is 8 July, or, in the American date style, 7/8/07.
The first flight is expected in August or September, with the plane due to go into service next year.
The first customer to get the jet will be Japan's All Nippon Airways, which is being rewarded for placing orders for 50 of the aircraft.