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United's first Dreamliner touches down in Chicago

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESSA United Airlines 787 Dreamliner receives a ceremonial wash as it arrives at O'Hare international Airport in Chicago Sunday from Houston after making United's inaugural 787 revenue flight. The aircraft is touted to be much more fuel efficient than any other similar plane and has a host of passenger amenities, such as larger windows, special lighting and filtered air.

      ASSOCIATED PRESSA United Airlines 787 Dreamliner receives a ceremonial wash as it arrives at O'Hare international Airport in Chicago Sunday from Houston after making United's inaugural 787 revenue flight. The aircraft is touted to be much more fuel efficient than any other similar plane and has a host of passenger amenities, such as larger windows, special lighting and filtered air.

 
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CHICAGO -- United Airlines' inaugural flight of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has touched down at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

United is the first U.S. airline to get Boeing's newest plane. United CEO Jeff Smisek was on Sunday's flight from Houston to Chicago and called the 787 the "world's leading airplane."

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The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/Ua2N9i ) reports that the landing was greeted by cheers from passengers, including some aviation enthusiasts who said they wanted to be part of a historic event.

It was a long time coming, as Boeing recently started delivering the jets after more than three years of delays.

More than 800 have been sold to airlines around the world, which Boeing has said will be more fuel efficient than comparable jets and more comfortable for passengers.

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