How FLIGHT OF DREAMS was born

The Boeing 787 is the latest model created by Boeing,
the world's largest airplane manufacturer, and 35% of these 787s are built right here in Chubu,
with parts sourced from Centrair's Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighters
(known as Dreamlifters),before being sent to Boeing's final assembly factory in the United States.
Through the construction of the Dreamlifter Operations Center (DOC),
built to temporarily house parts of 787s before they are shipped, Centrair and Boeing have been cooperating
in order to streamline the 787 manufacturing/shipping process.
As a result of this cooperation, when the first 787 ever built (ZA001) ended its life as a test aircraft,
its last flight was back to its birthplace in the Chubu region, where it was donated to Centrair by Boeing.
By exhibiting the historically valuable ZA001, Centrair hopes to introduce as many people as possible to the wonders of airplane manufacturing and the aviation industry,
and to make FLIGHT OF DREAMS a place where dreams and ambitions about the sky are born.

The journey so far

  • 2009
    1. Dec.15

      First flight of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (ZA001)

  • 2015
    1. Jun.22

      ZA001's final flight to Centrair

    1. Jul.7

      ZA001 is donated to Centrair by Boeing

  • 2016
    1. Mar.31

      Centrair announces the creation of an indoor exhibit of the ZA001

    1. Nov.9

      FLIGHT OF DREAMS is chosen as the facility's name

  • 2017
    1. Apr.27

      FLIGHT OF DREAMS groundbreaking ceremony

    1. Dec.17

      The plane is towed into the building
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    • 2018
      1. Feb 26~28

        The plane is hooked up to the exhibit pedestal
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        1. Oct.12

          FLIGHT OF DREAMS is opened

      What sort of aircraft is this?

      What is the ZA001?

      The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the most advanced model from American aircraft manufacturer Boeing. A new material called carbon fiber composite is used for 50% of the aircraft structure, in pursuit of a comfortable space with a wide cabin, high ceiling, and large windows. The innovative aircraft also improves fuel economy by 20 to 25%, enabling the same cruising distance as conventional large-sized aircraft. The first Boeing 787 prototype manufactured was known as ZA 001. This plane flew the sky for the first time on December 15, 2009 under the watchful gaze of over 10,000 people. It then went on to play a role in various trials to test the performance and safety of the Boeing 787. On June 22, 2015, it took its final flight from Boeing Field in Seattle to Chubu Centrair International Airport.
      The ZA001 marked the start of every Boeing 787 Dreamliner that now flies throughout the world. In FLIGHT OF DREAMS, you can gain an up-close look at the ZA001 just as it was during its flight tests.

      What sort of aircraft is this?

      What is the Dreamlifter?

      35% of the body of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is manufactured in the Chubu region. To travel from Centrair to the final assembly plant in America, the parts are carried on the Boeing 747 LCF, an aircraft nicknamed the Dreamlifter.
      As a specialized model for carrying Boeing 787 components, Dreamlifters number only four aircraft worldwide, and can be seen in limited places. In Japan, Centrair is the only place to see a Dreamlifter. From the Sky Deck of Centrair, you can occasionally see the unique sight of Boeing 787 wing and body components stored in the Dreamlifter when its aft portion opens wide to the side.