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Byline: Dominic Gates
Jul. 9--EVERETT -- After five years of development, Boeing on Sunday unveiled the first 787 Dreamliner and put on a grand global show to celebrate.
The 787 was towed from the paint hangar into position outside the huge assembly bay, while inside a crowd of some 15,000 employees, customers, politicians and invited guests waited expectantly.
When the huge doors of the bay slowly opened, the crowd greeted the new jet with a great roar and a sea of raised cameras.
The market has greeted the jet with similar enthusiasm. Airlines have placed 677 firm orders to date, and jet-leasing companies are offering the Dreamliner at an astonishing premium rate of $1 million a month.
The event made Everett the focal point of a worldwide party for a jet designed and built around the world.
It was early Monday morning in Japan, nighttime in Italy, early evening in Charleston, S.C., and a hot late afternoon in Wichita, Kan. But at partner sites in each location, workers joined in with gusto via a giant video screen linked by satellite.
It was the first rollout of a brand-new Boeing airplane since the 777 in 1994.
In his speech, …