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Meridian's correspondent Derek Johnson has visited the USA to see Boeing's Dreamliner aircraft being made. The passenger jet burns less fuel and has a new design which makes it more efficient.
The plane is only possible thanks to work done in the South. The aerodynamic shell was tested in Farnborough, the seats are manufactured in Southend and the navigation system comes from Kent to name but a few. The plane will use Gatwick as its first airport when it comes into service next year.