Dreamliner Makes 1st Commercial Flight

All Nippon Airways now flying the long-delayed Boeing 787

Once again indicating that the balance of investment, if not always in innovation, has shifted eastward. An American aircraft company developed a state-of-the-art, high-tech passenger airplane, but an Asian airline was the first to put it into commerical service between two Asian countries.

Japan’s All Nippon Airways was the first to put the revolutionary Boeing 787 Dreamliner into service. Yesterday (or given the International Dateline perhaps the day before), a special charter flight of the new airliner took off from Tokyo after being christened with sake and landed in Hong Kong where it was welcomed by a dragon dance. Nothing like combining tradition with futurism.

You can watch a video of the CBS interview with Thomas Lee who was on the commerical inaugural, of click here for footage of the Dreamliner’s earlier maiden flight. How times have changed. In 1969, when Boeing introduced the 747, the world’s first widebody, Pan Am was the first to put it into service.