AIRSHOW-UPDATE 3-Dreamliner makes first overseas landing

* Plane does “tilt and wave” flyover before landing

* Carried live on British TV at the touchdown

* Major talking point for the week’s airshow

(Adds details on flight)

By Kyle Peterson

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 18 (BestGrowthStock) – Boeing Co’s (BA.N: )
new 787 Dreamliner touched down in Britain on Sunday on its
first trip outside the United States, thrilling hordes of eager
planespotters who came out to see the breakthrough
carbon-composite plane.

A media circus ensued as Boeing executives, including CEO
Jim McNerney, emerged smiling from the plane — though McNerney
did not actually fly to England with the plane, instead getting
on board after landing.

Social media was active with blow-by-blow coverage of the
arrival, pointing to the intense interest in the plane not only
within the business but also in the flight-enthusiast community.

The 787 is expected to take the spotlight at next week’s
Farnborough Airshow. Last-minute technical issues had raised
fears in recent weeks that the plane might not make its
long-anticipated trip to the show, but the plane arrived doing a
flyover with a “tilt and wave” before landing.

Test pilot Mike Bryan told reporters that landing on
Farnborough’s “short” runway after the nine-hour flight reminded
him of his time landing on aircraft carriers in the Navy. But he
was full of praise for the plane, which he flew from Seattle
with 16 crew and a full compliment of flight-testing systems.

“One thing I can say right now is we could literally put
fuel in it and passengers could go flying in it,” he said.

The plane he flew — Dreamliner No. 3 — will never see
regular passenger service, though. It is one of three test
planes strictly for that purpose. The next three test planes to
be built, however, are expected to eventually be sold.

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The aircraft promises greater fuel efficiency and its
lightweight materials and innovative design have captured the
imagination of the industry.

Yet flight testing has been going more slowly than expected
after the twin-engined passenger plane made an inaugural flight
last December — which itself was the subject of frenetic global
media coverage.

Deliveries of the long-range passenger jet to the first
Japanese customer have been delayed by more than two years due
to production problems.

Boeing executives have said they aim to deliver the first
Dreamliner to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (9202.T: ) by the end of
2010, but they have cautioned that the delivery could be delayed
to early 2011. [ID:nN16113749]
(Writing by Ben Berkowitz, Editing by Jeremy Laurence and David
Holmes)

AIRSHOW-UPDATE 3-Dreamliner makes first overseas landing