Dreamliner Finally Takes Flight

Boeing 787 takes off after years of delays
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2009 2:05 PM CST

Leaving behind a series of woes and delays, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner took flight on its maiden voyage today, exactly six years to the day after Boeing first offered the jet for sale in 2003. Since then, the jet has been wildly successful in terms of sales, but also the victim of a slew of mechanical problems and labor disputes.

"Today's a day to celebrate," said a union leader. "We've had a lot of disappointments and disagreements during the Dreamliner's development, but today we'll celebrate together," he told the Seattle Times.
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