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Many workers in Connecticut will be following the maiden flight of Boeing’s long awaited 787 jetliner today, as it gets off the ground more than two years late.  WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

The so-called Dreamliner is due to take to the skies today after one of the bumpiest development phases for an aircraft in recent memory.  It’s due to take off from Everett Paine Field in Washington state today, for a two hour flight that will test many of its systems. 

The Dreamliner is designed to be lighter and quieter than current jets, using 20 percent less fuel than comparable aircraft, but the program has been plagued with delays.  Hamilton Sundstrand, the Windsor Locks-based division of United Technologies has been intimately involved with the 787, and has several systems on board the plane, including the auxiliary power unit, environmental control system, and electric power generation.  UTC’s Kidde is also providing fire protection systems on the plane. 

The jetliner is expected to generate more than 15 billion dollars in revenue for Hamilton Sundstrand over the life of the program.  Boeing now has orders for more than 800 dreamliners, and expects to deliver the first of those to a Japanese airline late next year.

For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.