Aviation enthusiasts in Japan will be able to get to see the first Boeing 787 made at a new commercial complex at Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair Airport set to open in December 12.
Called the Flight of Dreams complex, the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner test aircraft – ZA001 – is the centerpiece of an aviation-themed complex with shopping and dining with companies from Seattle – the main headquarters of the Boeing company. Among the shops and restaurants include Fran's Chocolates, Beecher's Handmade Cheese, and the Pike Brewing Restaurant and Craft Beer Bar in an area named “Seattle Terrace.”
Along with an aviation exhibit, visitors can also purchase official Boeing merchandise at the Boeing brand store and a 787 flight simulator to try out one’s flying skills.
Since ZA001 took off for its first test flight and the mechanical hurdles after its initial commercial flights, the Boeing 787 has become a prominent aircraft in the global aviation industry with over 1300 ordered and 724 deliveries worldwide to date.
For those wondering why would the first Dreamliner built would end up in Nagoya, the city of Nagoya is home to Japan’s manufacturing industry. Nagoya-based companies built 35% of the parts that make up each 787, which includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Boeing uses large 747 cargo planes known as “Dreamlifters” to fly the parts to final assembly in Washington or South Carolina, and it is not uncommon to see those planes at Centrair.
In 2015, Boeing donated the 787 known as ZA001 to Centrair in recognition of the industry in Nagoya for its contributions to building the jets.
The Flight of Dreams attraction will have an admission cost of JPY 800 yen (USD $7) for children from 3 years old to sixth grade, and JPY 1,200 yen (USD $11) for junior high school students and above. There will be extra costs for those wanting to try out the flight simulator.