Finally. It took three years longer then scheduled but Boeing has delivered its first 787 to launch customer All Nippon Airways with the first plane landing in Japan early Sunday morning according to Reuters.
“It’s not often that we have the chance to make history, do something big and bold that will change the world in untold ways and endure long after we are gone,” said Albaugh. “That’s what the 787 Dreamliner is and what ANA and Boeing have done together – build what truly is the first new airplane of the 21st century.”
It was a bittersweet moment for Boeing as the plane represents one of the largest leaps forward in modern commercial aviation due to the use of lightweight, composite materials while also being plagued by numerous delays due to labor strikes, mechanical issues, and constant disruptions to its global supply chain.
With the plane finally delivered to its first customer, Boeing must now focus on ensuring that its production lines can begin chipping away at the 821 plane backlog that Boeing currently has for the 787. Due to its delays, it has become increasingly important that Boeing deliver more planes sooner in order to start making a profit off the plane which has been hugely popular but has yet to prove itself. The next couple of years will be critical in determining the long-term success of the plane.