02/03/2014 03:46 EST | Updated 04/05/2014 05:59 EDT

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes Vancouver Airport Debut


RICHMOND, B.C. - A Boeing 787 plane touted as the future of air travel has made its first scheduled landing at Vancouver's airport.

The Dreamliner arrived from Tokyo's Narita Airport at about 10 a.m. on Monday, with 186 passengers aboard.

The plane operated by Japan Airlines features extra-large windows equipped with an electronic dimming system instead of pull-down blinds and lower air pressure to reduce jet lag.

It's also 20 per cent more fuel-efficient compared to its rivals.

The Dreamliner is expected to make a weekly flight to Vancouver every Monday in February before starting daily trips in March.

Boeing's next-generation 787 airliner has run into several problems, including issues with smouldering batteries that prompted the plane to be grounded temporarily last year.

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