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. ourcondition

    And so are you childlike insults dabble53.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    @dabble53 the mental illness you describe in republicans / tea party members is simply a symptom of having to listen to you libtard obamacrats. But that is coming to an end soon, very soon.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      "libtard obamacrats"... nice one, Jack! You the man! How's 5th grade treating you? Did you hear that phrase on the playground?

      September 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jane

    I just got a $830.71 iPâd2 for only $104.37 and my mom got a $1498.98 HDTV for only $252.91, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiöt to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmårt or Bestbûy. Go here at CoolCênt.cöm

    September 26, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. maybeajoke

    How long it will take to get investment back?

    September 26, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. dog catcher

    I think they are going to have all better food like catfish and hushpuppies and real dinners. Kind of like a dinner cruise but in the air. I think read the flights will have different themes. 1 would be an all you can eat seafood buffet while another flight might offer country cooking. If I hear about an IPO of their stocks iLL let you know.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. maybeajoke

    The 787 sounds awwsome to fly with.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Apparently, I forgot to use my sarcasm font.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    Why do they put such unrealistic time lines on the production of a new airplane? So they capture sales? It makes them look incompetent, and who wants to fly in a plane made by incompetent companies?

    September 26, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Incompetant

      Both Airbus and Boeing have failed to deliver their latest airplane on schedule. So you have no choice.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      As a pilot, I have no problem with a manufactorer taking its time to insure that a brand new plane is safe.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Unrealistic time line on orders?????? Seems I must be reading a different article. I see no mention of timelines or schedules.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • moe smith

      would you rather a plane be rushed into use? you fnktard...

      September 26, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. dog catcher

    It is going to be big ! Maybe even gourmet hotdogs and stuff.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chase

    Funny story....When the first 777 came out like 15 years ago I was on it's 2nd ever flight from Chicago to Denver. After some turbulence I threw up on the plane. Which makes me the first person ever to throw up on a 777 aircraft. So, I have to get a ticket for this 787 and throw up on it to keep my streak alive.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Pipy

      lol, that's awesome.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • db

      I wonder wo the first couple to couple on the 777 was and who it will be in the 787!

      September 26, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • John B

      This time though...make sure you eat something really disgusting. That way everyone will throw up after you do it. You could literally be the cause of not just the first flight...but the first cleaning!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Heck yeah, you deserve a free ticket for that!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ron

      That's an amazing achievement. Why don't you grab a bucket of refried beans and buy a 787 ticket as fast as you can - you can be the first person to have diarrhea on the "Dreamliner".

      September 26, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. leaner

    This is good news but several years late. Boeing should implement Lean and Agile methods for faster time to market. I wish their managers would read this book: https://www.CreateSpace.com/3361323 and get on the Lean plan!

    September 26, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      So they could have an obscure URL like you?

      September 26, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • haus

      cough... cough – DORK!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • akm

      i remember my first backlink. lol

      September 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 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 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • buddy2101

      Why do you blame Obama? He is the president not the dictator. He didn't issue a decree to build the plane in South Carolina. If he were the dictator it would be all his fault. He had nothing to do with where it was built.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Buddy2101 – you are right Obama did not tll them to build in South Carolina but he sure is trying to stop them from building in South Carolina.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      @go figure.... Right, because unions and their lobbyists and corruption never existed before the Obama administration, it's like they sprang into existence over night!

      Oh wait, never mind, the relevant union existed decades before Obama took office. Please explain to us how this is remotely the fault of (any specific) presidential administration when neither Dems or Reps have done anything significant to address union B.S.?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jason Glugla

    A nice new plane for the job creators to fly in as they visit the jobs they have and will create in China and India.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. jd

    let's hope boeing figured out a way to build in more overhead luggage space. i could care less about window shades.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. WeAreNotReal

    We were able to build something that we can export, our odds as a country just improved a little.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
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