What company was the first to use composite materials in the construction of an airliner's tail, wings and fuselage?
The Boeing 787, also known as the Dreamliner, is a midsized twin-engine vehicle and the first major jet airliner with a tail, wings and fuselage constructed in part out of composite materials. Boeing had declared that the airplane was ready to go in 2007 and took 677 orders for it, all of which would miss its projected May 2008 rollout due to a 17-month delay. The hold-up was damaging enough on its own to the company's image, but it had been preceded by similar delays to a modernized version of its 747, which certainly didn't help matters. The airplane finally took its maiden flight in December 2009.
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