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Boston will be first to have 787 Dreamliner service

A view of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet at the Dublin International airport in Dublin, Ireland on January 26, 2012. As part of the Boeing 787 Dream Tour, Boeing brought the 787 Dreamliner to Dublin Airport to give key aviation finance leaders attending the 14th Annual European Airfinance Conference in Dublin the opportunity to see the airplane first hand. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet was at the Dublin International airport in Dublin, Ireland on January 26, 2012.

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The aircraft will make its inaugural Boston-Tokyo flight on April 22.

Boston will be the first US city to have commercial service using the much-anticipated Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Japan Airlines announced today.

The aircraft, which can fly long distances with less fuel than other planes its size, will make its inaugural Boston-Tokyo flight April 22. The Japan Airlines flight, offered in partnership with American Airlines, is the first nonstop route between Boston and Asia.

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“We’re honored, delighted, and proud to be the first US airport to have scheduled commercial service with the 787,” said Matthew Brelis, spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan.

United Airlines also plans to start operating the Dreamliner in the United States this year. All Nippon Airways, the first airline to put the 787 into commercial service, will also fly the plane from Tokyo to Seattle and San Jose, but has not announced firm dates.

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