Celebrations began today for Boeing employees after the much anticipated signing of the first 787 jetliner deliveries. Boeing is set to deliver its first 787 plane to Japan’s All Nippon Airways–or ANA. The flight will leave Everett, Washington Tuesday morning and fly to Tokyo, Japan–marking the first 787 official delivery.
South Carolina Boeing workers have reason to celebrate as well because all midbody and aftbody sections of the 787s are assembled at the North Charleston final assembly facility. Boeing Vice President and General Manager Scott Fancher says the company looks forward to honoring ANA before the first flight tomorrow.
The 787 delivery was about four years behind schedule due to technical problems, union strikes and higher than expected costs.