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New Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands at Vancouver airport

02/03/2014 02:53 EST | Updated 04/05/2014 05:59 EDT
A controversial commercial airliner made its first scheduled landing at Vancouver's International Airport on Monday morning.

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Japan Airlines touched down just before 10 a.m. PT in  carrying 186 passengers.

The flight, which originated in Tokyo, completed in nine hours, forty five minutes, was the first of what will be a daily route between Vancouver and Narita, Japan starting March 30.

The high-tech jet has been touted as the future of commercial aviation. Its lightweight carbon fibre skin allows for bigger windows with electronic dimming instead of pull-down shades.

It also has more comfortable air pressure and higher humidity to prevent dry skin and throats, and is 20 per cent more fuel-efficient than its rival airliners.

Since its inception, however, the Dreamliner has been plagued by years of launch and delivery delays as well as technical malfunctions. 

In November, Boeing had to warn 15 airlines not to fly the new jets at high-altitudes within 50 nautical miles of thunderstorms because of engine icing problems.

In July, a parked 787 caught fire at Britain's Heathrow Airport because of faulty emergency locator transmitters. 

Months earlier, several fuel leaks were reported in 787s and all of the new jets were grounded after the battery beneath the cockpit were found to be overheating.

These mishaps resulted in a comprehensive review of the plane's safety by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.  

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