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New Dreamliner Park Scheduled to Open October 12th

New Dreamliner Park Scheduled to Open October 12th
Sharon Hsu

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which entered commercial service in 2011, is used by airlines around the globe for long-haul flights. The midsize passenger jet has a special connection to Japan, with All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines as primary users. Now, Chubu Airport has built a theme park to honor this relationship.

Passengers flying through Japan’s Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO) will have the opportunity to see a Boeing 787 Dreamliner up close starting on October 12. That’s the day when the airport will officially open its new four-story theme park, Flight of Dreams.

The park will be divided into two sections, reports The Asahi Shimbun. Flight Park, where the Dreamliner will be housed, will feature nine different attractions, including the jet and a projection mapping display on the floor. Admission rates are 800 yen (about $7 USD) for children in sixth grade and younger and 1,200 yen ($11 USD) for older visitors.

The second section, which has no entry fee, is called the Seattle Terrace. Located on the second and third floors of the park, the Terrace is built to mimic the streets of Seattle, the city near which Boeing is headquartered, and features shopping and restaurants.

Boeing has enjoyed a close relationship with Japan. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airways are among the carriers who have placed large orders for the Dreamliner in the past, and both carriers continue to feature the 787 in their fleets. Moreover, approximately 35 percent of the parts for the Dreamliner are produced in the Chubu region, making the airport’s homage to the plane particularly apt.

Boeing donated the Dreamliner to the park, where it will be on public display for the first time.

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