LAN Airlines has signed an agreement with Boeing to accelerate the delivery of 10 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and will now become the first airline in the western hemisphere to take delivery of the new airliner type.

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United Airlines has finalized an order for 25 Boeing 787-8s, the deal also including purchase rights another 50 Dreamliners.

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A third Boeing 787 has joined the Dreamliner flight-test program. ZA004, the fourth flight-test aircraft to be built, took off at 11:43 a.m. local time on February 24 from Paine Field in Everett, Washington for a successful first flight that lasted more than 3 hours.

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The Boeing Company says it now expects the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner to take place by the end of 2009 and the first delivery of a 787 to a customer (All Nippon Airways) to occur in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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