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Boeing and Alenia celebrate the arrival of the 787 Dreamliner at Alenia’s Monteiasi-Grottaglie production site. 
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Boeing’s latest airliner – has landed in Italy for the first time. The innovative jet, the most advanced civil aircraft in the world, was welcomed to the Alenia Aermacchi plant at Monteiasi-Grottaglie (Taranto), which produces mid-body fuselage sections for the 787. 

The 787 will consume up to 20% less fuel than today’s similary sized airplanes, produce less pollution and noise, and offer greater comfort to passengers in all classes. 

When set against the aircraft of previous generations, the 787’s main innovation is the use of a composite material – carbon fibre – in place of aluminium. An initial development of commercial transport aircraft led to use of carbon fibre for the movable surfaces (ailerons, flaps, rudders, elevators) and the tail, with the rest being made of aluminium, titanium and steel. The move to composite technology has enabled Boeing to significantly reduce weight and improve performance, resulting in an airplane that costs the customers less to fly. 

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