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Exciting times
at Boeing!

I remember long ago, in my former life, that among the possible cities competing for Boeing's new Dreamliner assembly plant was...FresNO. I guess you have to live there 45 stinking years like I did to realize how much of a joke that is.

It just makes perfect sense to see the coolest airliner on the planet is now coming together where else, but in Everett, Washington:

Three large composite fuselage sections arrived in Everett today for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The all-composite forward section known as section 41 was manufactured by Spirit AeroSystems at its facility in Wichita, Kan. Sections 47 and 48 are the two aft composite sections of fuselage for the Dreamliner and were manufactured and joined by Vought Aircraft Industries at its facility in Charleston, S.C. The sections were delivered to Boeing via the Dreamlifter, a specially modified 747-400 used to transport 787 major assemblies. The major assemblies were immediately unloaded and delivered to the 787 final assembly factory.
You just have to assume that in the life of an aerospace engineer, it can't really get any more exciting then to be on the team building the 787. And now that parts and pieces are actually being bolted together, can a test flight be that far away?

While FresNO didn't make the cut, it is very sweet that Boeing is spreading their love around in massive doses:
Parts of the Dreamliner will be built in Canada, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, Korea, Sweden, Italy and United States, including the states of Washington, Kansas, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Iowa, Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio, New York, California, New Jersey, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alabama and Texas.
The airliner of tomorrow is proving quite popular, even before the first one breaks ground and actually flies:
The 787 Dreamliner is the fastest-selling airplane in aviation history, with firm orders for 567 airplanes from 44 airlines. Identified buyers with 10 or more positions include:

All Nippon Airways (ANA) - 50
Qantas - 45
JAL - 35
Air India - 27
Continental Airlines - 25
International Lease Finance Corp. - 22
Singapore Airlines - 20
Northwest Airlines - 18
Air China - 15
China Eastern Airlines - 15
Low-Cost Aircraft Leasing - 15
Air Canada - 14
First Choice - 12
Korean Air - 10
Ethiopian Airlines - 10
Jet Airways - 10
Avianca -10
China Southern Airlines - 10
With this much action on the Boeing sales floor even before the first bird is assembled, it just shows that I am not the only person out there who is madly in love with the 787. I thank the aviation Gods for giving this aviator the opportunity to be alive in the era when this wonderful airliner is unveiled.

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