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Boeing Dreamliner's first commercial flight

Long-awaited 787 gets a rock-star reception from aviation enthusiasts, some of whom paid thousands of dollars for a spot on the flight from Japan to Hong Kong on Wednesday.

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Passengers on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's first commercial flight pose for pictures before boarding at Tokyo's Narita airport on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Some aviation enthusiasts paid thousands of dollars to be on the carbon-composite design plane, which its maker says is lighter, more economical to fly and more comfortable than its metal rivals.

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All Nippon Airways president Shinichiro Ito, left, and Boeing Co. vice-president Scott Fancher share a toast Wednesday, Oct. 26, before the airline's first special charter flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Narita airport in Tokyo. ANA is the first airline to fly the plane and expects to have seven of them by the end of the year.

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) ground crew see off the company's first commercial flight of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Narita Airport in Tokyo on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Passengers and airport staff treated the craft like a rock star, clapping at lift-off and landing.

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All Nippon Airways' Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off from Tokyo for its first commercial flight on Wednesday, Oct. 26, ending more than three years of delays, with operator ANA saying a wider cabin and bigger windows will help give customers a more comfortable ride.

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All Nippon Airways' first commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft is welcomed with water cannons at Hong Kong International Airport upon its arrival on Oct. 26, 2011.

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Passengers of an All Nippon Airways inaugrual Boeing 787 flight are welcomed at Hong Kong's airport with a traditional lion dance Wednesday, Oct. 26. The jet, nicknamed the Dreamliner, was packed with aviation reporters and enthusiasts — some of whom paid thousands of dollars for their seats on the flight.

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Flight attendants of an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 react during a lion dance performance after the plane lands at Hong Kong International Airport Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, after its inaugural commercial flight from Japan.

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787 Dreamliners on the production line at the Boeing Commercial Airplane manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash., Feb 14, 2011.

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A visitor looks at the GEnx engine for Boeing 787 dreamliner and 747-8 on the GE stand at the Paris International Air Show on June 21, 2011 at Le Bourget airport near Paris.

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Boeing's third-quarter net income was 31 per cent higher than a year ago, it said Wednesday, raising its earnings outlook for the full year. Net income was $1.1 billion in the July-September period, compared with $837 million for the same period in 2010.

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