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Royal Brunei Airlines takes delivery of first 787

US airframer Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Royal Brunei Airlines said they have marked the delivery of the 787 Dreamliner the first for the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei and for Southeast Asia.

According to Boeing, the airplane departed Paine Field in Everett Wednesday evening for a 6,540 nautical miles (12,112 km) non-stop flight home to Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport in Brunei.

Passengers traveling on Royal Brunei Airlines will experience the passenger-pleasing features of the 787 Dreamliner such as larger, electronically-dimmable windows and larger overhead luggage bins.

During flight the 787 is pressurised to a lower cabin altitude, has higher humidity levels, advanced air filtration and smoother ride technology, Boeing said.

Composite materials making up 50% of the 787s primary structure, including the fuselage and wing.

The 787 is scheduled to begin flying regionally to Singapore on Oct. 18, with long-haul service to London, via Dubai, set to begin on Dec. 1. Royal Brunei anticipates delivering on its promise of 100% Dreamliner long-haul service in the second quarter of 2014 when it will introduce the 787 on flights to Melbourne, Australia.

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