Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Takes Off On Maiden Flight : The Two-Way Boeing is scheduled to send its 787 Dreamliner into the sky over Puget Sound and Washington state today.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Takes Off On Maiden Flight

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The Dreamliner.

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Boeing is scheduled to send its 787 Dreamliner into the sky over Puget Sound and Washington state today, and the test pilot who will be at the controls says he's confident the carbon-composite jet will perform as it should:

"We have a plastic airplane," Mike Carriker tells The Seattle Times. "It's the first time anybody in the industry has taken a large composite wing with a composite spar and gone whipping out. ... Obviously, we think we're OK, otherwise we wouldn't go fly."

Designed to be more fuel efficient than its predecessors, the Dreamliner "promises to excel at carrying 250 or so people very long distances," the Associated Press writes. Airlines have already ordered 804 of the jets.

The test flight is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and is supposed to last four hours. Boeing hopes to deliver the first jet to Japan's All Nippon Airways late next year.

Update at 1:30 p.m. ET: The jet just took off.

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET. And here's video of the take off: