Watch: Next-generation Boeing and Airbus planes take to the skies on the same day

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Saturday proved to be an important day for the international aviation industry with Boeing and Airbus both conducting first test flights of new passenger planes.

In the US Boeing's 787-10 Dreamliner, designed for long-haul flights, took to the skies from North Charleston, South Carolina for an hour-long test flight.

"This is a big big milestone for us and our customers,"  Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenberg is quoted as saying by Business Insider Australia.

Boeing has 149 orders for the plane which has a price tag of $US312.8 million ($NZ446.5 million).

On the same day in Germany Airbus' A319neo took to the skies from Hamburg. The plane flew to the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France.

Airbus has 55 orders for the new plane, designed for short to medium range flights, which will cost $US99.5 million ($NZ142 million) each.

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