Defining the Future of Flight: 1997 -- present

Launching the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

At the Paris Air Show in 2003, Boeing announced that approximately 500,000 votes cast by people in 160 countries indicated that the newest member of the 7-Series passenger jet family, the 7E7, would be called the "Dreamliner." The new airplane family was officially launched on April 26, 2004, with an order for 50 7E7s from All Nippon Airways. It was designated the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Jan. 28, 2005, the day that the company announced orders from the People's Republic of China for 60 of the airplanes.

787 Dreamliner rollout ceremony
The first 787 rolls out at the Everett, Wash., factory

The 787-8 Dreamliner and 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes carry 217 to 257 passengers in three-class configurations on routes of 9,781 and 9,551 miles, respectively.

Final assembly began on the first 787 Dreamliner May 21, 2007, a milestone marked with a ceremony in the Everett, Wash., factory, where the first Dreamliner rolled out July 8, 2007.

The event was attended by about 15,000 employees, airline customers, supplier partners and government and community officials, and more than 30,000 participated via two-way satellite from Japan, Italy and locations in the United States. As many as 90 other locations around the world, involving 787 customers, partners and many Boeing employees, also downloaded the event live or watched it prerecorded and hosted their own viewing event.

By Feb. 1, 2008, orders totaled 857, making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane in terms of initial sales since launch in history.

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