Boeing delivers 787s to Japan Airlines

Boeing delivers 787s to Japan Airlines

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: EVERETT, WA - MARCH 26: Delivery of first 787 to Japan Airlines March 26, 2012 at the Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Japan took delivery of two Boeing 787 Dreamliners March 25, 2012, the first with GE engines and one of which will make the first commercial route to the United States. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

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Posted on March 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 9:12 AM

EVERETT, Wash. -- Boeing Co. delivered two of its new 787s to Japan Airlines on Monday. The planes will be the first 787s that will fly commercially from the U.S.

The airline plans to fly the planes between Boston and Tokyo starting April 22. It later plans to add flights between San Diego and Tokyo.

The airline has ordered 45 of the jets. Boeing has booked orders for 873 of the planes altogether. It delivered its first 787 last fall to JAL competitor All Nippon Airways Co. Those planes are being flown in Asia. United Airlines will be the first U.S. carrier to get one, later this year.

The 787s delivered Monday are the first with General Electric engines. Boeing got U.S. government approval for those engines on the 787 just last week.

At Everett's Paine field, about 60 787s sit parked on what seems like every available space. They're still waiting to be upgraded with final modifications before being turned over to their respective buyers.  There are more planes for both JAL and ANA as as well as Air India, Royal Air Moroc and many others.

KING 5's Glenn Farley contributed to this report

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