Call the body shop: One of American Airlines' new Dreamliner planes gets dinged in hail storm

IndustriesAssociated Press

Anyone who has ever had a door ding in a new car knows how they're feeling at American Airlines.

One of the airline's new Boeing 787 Dreamliners suffered hail damage Monday after takeoff from Beijing. The Dallas-bound plane with 209 passengers returned to Beijing, where it was being checked out by a maintenance crew, said airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely.

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American has seven Dreamliners, which carry a list price of $224.6 million each after a recent 2.9 percent price hike. Airlines, however, routinely get big discounts.

The airline put the planes into service in May in the U.S., then between Dallas and Beijing and Buenos Aires in early June.

The plane's fuselage and wings are made largely from carbon-fiber composite material instead of aluminum to reduce weight, making the plane more fuel-efficient.