Qatar Airways has opened the cabin doors of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner to long-haul passengers as the plane shook off recent technical problems to enjoy a successful maiden commercial flight to the UK.
Thursday's flight from Doha to London's Heathrow Airport carried an official delegation from the Qatari capital on the plane, which can accommodate up to 290 passengers.
The fuel-efficient Dreamliner has become the world's most talked about aircraft, trumpeted for both the "smoother ride technology" that promises to reduce the effects of turbulence and for its cleaner cabin air.
The jet has been flying passengers for just over a year across shorter distances.
But Qatar Airways, which has become the first airline to operate regular scheduled flights with the Dreamliner to and from Britain, has faced some difficulties getting the much-vaunted aircraft off the ground ahead of Thursday's first long-haul commercial flight.
The company's third 787 jet, received from Boeing Co., was forced into an emergency landing after encountering a generator problem during a delivery flight from the US last Sunday.
Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways who was on the maiden flight to London, said the problems were "unacceptable" given the planes have been flying for over a year and confirmed the company would seek compensation from Boeing.
The 787's commercial debut was already delayed by more than three years because of technical problems.
Despite the setbacks, the Doha-based carrier expects to take delivery of two more Dreamliners later this month.
Virgin, British Airways and Thomson are among UK airlines also awaiting delivery of the planes.