Boeing Co. said Thursday it finalized a deal with British Airways, notching 790 orders for its long-awaited 787 Dreamliner plane during the past three years. British Airways’ order for 24 Dreamliners gives the plane one of the industry’s most successful launches ever – even though the airliner has yet to take flight. Boeing, which produces the C-17 military transport in Long Beach, is the city’s largest private-sector employer. The Chicago-based aerospace company expects to fly the first 787 around the end of the first quarter of 2008 and begin deliveries in late November or December. It expects to deliver 109 airplanes in 2009. The 787, Boeing’s first newly designed jet since the 777 in 1995, will be the world’s first large commercial airplane made mostly of light, durable less-corrosive carbon-fiber composites. Boeing says it will be cheaper to maintain and offer better fuel efficiency and more passenger comforts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!