787 makes international debut at Farnborough

Boeing's composites-intensive 787 Dreamliner will be shown for the first time at the Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its international debut, landing at the Farnborough (U.K.) Airport at 9:09 a.m. (local time) on July 18 in support of the Farnborough International Airshow that begins July 19.

"It's an honor to showcase the 787 here at the Farnborough Airshow," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "I can't think of a finer stage on which to present this highly anticipated airplane."

This is the first international trip made by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane came via nonstop flight to Farnborough, U.K., from Seattle. "We took advantage of the flying time to conduct some flight testing on the way," Fancher said. "We're taking every opportunity to complete our testing requirements when we fly."

Boeing executives and members of the board of directors, dignitaries from the United States and U.K. and a wide variety of media were on hand to welcome Captains Mike Bryan and Ted Grady as they stepped off the airplane and welcomed visitors aboard. About a dozen people traveled on the airplane to conduct testing during the flight.