On the Radar: 787 delivery, Palestinian statehood, Washington Monument
A 787 painted in ANA colors lands in Japan after a July test flight.
September 26th, 2011
06:01 AM ET

On the Radar: 787 delivery, Palestinian statehood, Washington Monument

Three things you need to know today

ANA Dreamliner: Boeing delivers its first 787 Dreamliner today, handing over the airliner to All Nippon Airways at a ceremony at Boeing's facility in Everett, Washington.

You can follow the events live on Boeing's website beginning at noon ET, 9 a.m. Pacific.

The plane is the first commercial airliner to be made mostly of carbon composites or super durable plastic. Those materials mean a lighter plane that Boeing says could use 20% less fuel than conventional airliners, making way for a more environmentally-friendly and cost effective aircraft option for airlines.

So far, according to Boeing, the manufacturer has more than 800 orders for the 787 Dreamliner, which has a list price of about $200 million each.

The interior of the plane also sports a variety of upgrades. Gone are traditional plane window shades. Instead, a button on the window allows passengers to gradually darken their surroundings.

All Nippon Airways has ordered 55 Dreamliners.

Palestinian statehood: The historic Palestinian bid for statehood goes before the United Nations Security Council Monday, where it looks set for a largely symbolic debate in the face of a promised American veto.

Lebanon's Nawaf Salam, the Security Council president for this month, said he circulated the letter of application to all 15 members of the Security Council last week.

While a U.S. veto would block the bid for full U.N. membership, the General Assembly could still vote to upgrade the status of Palestinians, who currently hold the status of non-voting observer "entity."

The body could change that status to permanent observer "state," identical to the Vatican's standing at the United Nations.

Washington Monument: National Park Service officials will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to offer details on damaged sustained by the Washington Monument during the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the East Coast on August 23.

The service has been working with an engineering firm to determine the extent of the damage and what it will cost to fix it.

The monument has been closed to the public since the earthquake.

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  1. Dave836

    Kinda weird how they merged these two stories together...

    Anyway, the new boeing sounds awesome to ride in.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave836

      three* I didn't see that last one...

      September 26, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      "The Government of Israel has requested a possible sale of 1,000 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB1), 150 BRU-61/A SDB1 Mounting Carriages, 30 Guided Test Vehicles, 2 BRU-61/A SDB Instrumented Carriages, 7 Jettison Test Vehicles, 1 Separation Test Vehicle, 2 Reliability and Assessment Vehicles, 12 Common Munitions BIT and Reprogramming Equipment with Test Equipment and Adapters, 3 SDB1 Weapons Simulators, and 2 Load Crew Trainers. Also includes containers, flight test integration, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $77 million.

      Israel’s strategic position makes it vital to the United States’ interests throughout the Middle East. Our policy has been to promote Middle East peace, support Israel’s commitment to peace with other regional Arab countries, enhance regional stability and promote Israeli readiness and self-sufficiency. It is vital to the U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives.

      Israel will have no difficulty absorbing these additional bombs into its armed forces. The proposed sale will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

      The principal contractor will be Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, Boeing Corporation, St. Louis, MO. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale."


      September 26, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      four if you include the shameless promotion by MichaelFury of his blog site and rant on sale of arms to Israel as a reply to your post, haha! what a wack job!

      September 26, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • drew2505

      michaelfury.....see a doctor. you need help with your paranoia issues. . What does your senseless rant have to do with the roll out of a new airliner.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roy

    "upanadam" You are a complete fool, what the heck does the POTUS has to do with this.....

    September 26, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. dog catcher

    They deleted my post. I have secret informaton the 787 aeroplanes are being retrofitted as flying restaurants. Its the coming thing. While you are eating dinner the aeroplane flys around for a while. It is going to be big !

    September 26, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    Dog catcher – how does that differ from airlines today. People fly around and eat... stupid dude.. you're stupid.

    September 26, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • dabble53

      For the most part, you only eat if you are in first class (domestic). The rest of the cattle have to wait until they arrive at the feedlot.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Raf

    If this new airplane costs $200 milion, how long will it take for the airline to get their money back?

    September 26, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      oh, let's see, about 532 years by my calculations 🙂

      September 26, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ed

    wow, illogical and unjustified hatred and rage of Obama reaches into the most inappropriate and unlikely places, what is wrong with these people? It's like some kind of mental illness.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    About two weeks.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Raf

      Could you clarify please? When I try to put some numbers together it does not make much sense. It seats between 210 – 290 passangers. Lets try some numbers. Lets assume that all seats will be occupied in each and every flight, let's assume that each passanger will pay $500 per ticket (one way) which I think is a lo and would be price on some long haul flightst. That is $145 000 of revenue per each flight. That is 1380 flights to be made and that is excluding fuel cost, staff cost and all other costs.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hexdragon

    hmmm, the Dreamliner saves 20% on fuel. Does that mean that the airlines will charge 20% less??? I don't think so, i thing they will charge 20% MORE because you will be flying on a new plane...

    September 26, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Birthplace of Aviation"

      I for one think you are correct, That seems to be a problem in this country. A lot of companies are to blame for being part of the problem (intfrastructure financing, greed,ect), as much as thier part of the solution (by money saving recycling solutions).
      That's like some popular fast food restaurants. They come up with a healthier burger or whatever, but keep it for promo for 2 or 3 months, then price the heck out of it....just because you do have money,,,because you work for a living.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Birthplace of Aviation"

    "Paper or 787?"

    September 26, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman & kcmo resident )

    why not at airports make a big downwards angel ramp...? everyone knows that stuff rolls easier down a hill.. then the plane could go down hill and save gas.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. dabble53

    Being a repugnican and/or tea-bagger is prima facia evidence of mental illness....it's not a question.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Let it go tard.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Keith

    Why do you insist on calling carbon fiber "plastic"? Not even remotely close...

    September 26, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Birthplace of Aviation"

      Well excuse me Keith. Did I sort of make an association between a paper bag and the 787's PLASTIC RESIN that holds the sheets of carbon fibre into a cohesive bond?

      September 26, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kessas

    They can bomb themselves with these bombs and put in their purse. As long as Israel threaten her neighbors there won't be any piece. What kind of piece are they talking about if they want to bomb every neighbor they are surrounded with. Even I am not bias against any country there, the only way to reach a piece is to wipe out Israel so Arab people can live peacefully. They talk about Al Qaeda who says spread terrorism in all Arab countries and they fight it with a the means even if they will be forced to use nuclear weapon against Iran. And if you look who is behind Al Qaeda is nothing else as Mossad and their puppy CIA.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Isurewould

      piece= a small section of something. peace = absence of war

      & You are a nut.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Huh?

    You know, I'm a lifetime Republican and social conservative, but I don't have the slightest idea what this story has to do with Obama. And, any idiot that just spouts anti-Obama rhetoric, just to be doing it, isn't very intelligent, merely bitter. I have no love for the current administration, but what in God's green earth does this story have to do with him???

    September 26, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • go figure

      It's very simple...Boeing wants to build a new plant for the production of these planes in South Carolina, but because it would be a non-union plant, the NLRB is suing Boeing to stop the building of the plant. So here you have a company that actually wants to build a manufacturing plant in the US instead of China or some other country creating 3000 – 4000 jobs in this country, and the Obama administration is blocking them so they can kiss up to the unions. Great jobs plan Mr. President. You'll look awfully foolish when Boeing builds the plant in Singapore instead.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason Glugla

      I agree with you that something is better than nothing but once the Unions have all been destroyed, this will be a 3rd world country.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • mattski

      Don't lie. The Obama administration is not blocking the Boeing plant.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • drew2505

      its unfortunate-but democracy does not require the voters to have any intelligence. Not a news item goes by without some moron blaming Obama for their troubles. Its pretty sad thaty these insecure folks cant just stand up and admit their own feelings of incompence. Leave governing, and voting, to those who have a greater understanding of how the world really works.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isurewould

      The Obama Connection....The administration is backing a lawsuit (or legal action) by Unions in Washinton State to prevent Boeing from producing the dreamliner in a new factory in South Carolina (I think that is the location.) Most conservatives think that it is up to a company where it locates new factories, not the Unions.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. TRG

    Apparently everyone forgets that Obama is stopping Boeing from expanding which is basically socialism dressed up to protect the Unions oh by the way have any of the liberals acknowledged that Obama has nearly cost us our supremacy when it comes to Airliners?

    September 26, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
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