Coming home

Now that ANA’s very first 787 is on the ground in Japan, I wanted to share some final thoughts on the events of the past few days. As a crowd gathered outside Paine Field yesterday morning to watch the flyaway, many got emotional as the airplane headed for Tokyo. While we’ve watched first flight of the 787, countless test flights, and other milestones come and go, this moment was different. In a way, it was letting go of something so many people have poured their heart and soul into for so many years.

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ANA’s first Dreamliner lands in Tokyo for the first time.

We were so proud to watch the celebration back in Japan as the airplane was finally coming home to our great customer. And we’ll be even more proud to see ANA put the 787 into service. I’ll leave you with the video below that I made during Monday’s delivery ceremony. It really sums of what this airplane means to me and all of us here at Boeing.

Comments (6)

Grace Feng Hsu (Kirkland, WA):

Dear Randy: Very nice video and well said about 787. On 9/26/11, suddenly this thougt just came to me about the 787 Dreamliner-Giant step forward for the next generation to follow!

dorkmo (tulsa):

congrats, wish i had time to go to nippon to try it out.

Sarah (Australia):

Congratulations to everyone at Boeing for delivering the first 787 - it has been a long road but so was the 747 and look how successful it has been. I can't wait to fly on the 787 when it operates to Australia - so much so that I am flying to Japan to fly on that ANA 787, it will be a long trip but worth it.

Jay (Pittsburgh, PA ):

Now that the 787 is flying. Boeing should learn from this hard lessons and build the next airplane, be it the new 737, 777 or "797" as soon as possible before all the lessons learned are disappearing.
Let's built the next best U.S airplane and make it "Boeing".
Please stop all the negatives and move forward, I am rooting for another great airplane from Boeing.
Go Boeing!

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States ):

Captain Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation once said: Welcome the the 24th century! Boeing and ANA in real life can say in regard to the 787: Welcome to the 21st century!

Congratulations to Boeing, all the engineers, factory workers, ANA and all involved. The future of air travel is here!

Kevin Meno (Bellflower, California):

I was among the many visitors who saw the fly-away of ANA's first 787 Dreamliner. The 787 is the plane of the future! September 26th and 27th are the days I will never forget for the rest of my life. Congratulations to Boeing and All Nippon Airways as well as all of the employees who worked on this great airplane! I cannot wait to see 787s come to my home airport, Los Angeles International Airport, real soon! :)

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