Boeing announced (25-Sep-2012) the one year anniversary of the first delivery of the first 787 to All Nippon Airways (ANA) on 25-Sep-2012. Since then, Boeing has delivered 25 787s to six different customers. "One year ago today we reached a significant milestone in Boeing and ANA's partnership," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. "We are grateful for the support and confidence that ANA has placed in Boeing as the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner." [more - original PR]
Boeing celebrates first anniversary of first 787 delivery
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