Dreamliner jet makes flypast over Rolls-Royce in Derby

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft has flown over Derby in salute to engine maker Rolls-Royce.

Most Dreamliners are to be powered by Rolls-Royce engines made in Derby and the aircraft flew over the firm's factories on Tuesday evening.

The aircraft, which is more fuel-efficient than similar-sized previous planes, made an appearance at the Farnborough air show on Sunday.

The plane made its first flight in December 2009.

Ian Craighead, head of corporate heritage at Rolls-Royce, said: "I think its incredible that a city right in the middle of England gets its own special flypast.

"Derby's a high technology centre and Rolls-Royce is one of the high-technology companies here and to have that aircraft come over and tip its wing in salute is a fantastic opportunity.

"It's a very big deal for the airline world. People want to fly, but people need to fly environmentally and this is the aircraft Boeing and Rolls-Royce say is going to do that."

The Dreamliner is scheduled for delivery to its launch customer All Nippon Airways later this year, though this deadline could slip into early 2011, Boeing has told BBC News.

The plane is currently conducting daily flight tests in the US.