As Dreamliner flies at last, Boeing focuses on production realities

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner finally soared into the clouds above Seattle on Tuesday, ending two years of frustrating delays for the innovative jetliner made largely of lightweight composite materials. Randy Neville, one of two test pilots onboard, said the plane was "a joy to fly" and "responded just as we expected." With 840 orders on the books, Boeing will now begin a sprint toward FAA certification, with six test aircraft being put through their paces under extreme conditions. Boeing hopes to deliver seven aircraft per month starting in 2011, and "ramping up production certainly will be a challenge," CEO Jim McNerney admits.

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