Boeing over the weekend rolled out the first 787 that will enter service with All Nippon Airways.
The aircraft is slated to be delivered to ANA in September following certification. It is the eighth 787 built by Boeing and sports a livery that the airline said reflects core elements of its service brand—"innovation, uniqueness and the inspiration of Japan." The livery will be applied to the first two 787s put into service.
The airline said it will use different 787 configurations depending on how the aircraft will be utilized: ANA Dreamliners flown on domestic routes will carry 264 passengers (12 business and 252 economy); those operated on long-haul international flights will have 158 seats (46 business and 112 economy); and those used on short-haul international flights will have 222 seats (42 business and 180 economy).
ANA's first 787, for crew training purposes, will be configured for short-haul international routes even though it will operate domestically.
ANA plans to first operate the aircraft next month on a charter flight from Tokyo Narita to Hong Kong, followed by several 1 hr.-NRT excursion flights and then it will be placed into service on the Tokyo Haneda-Okayama and HND-Hiroshima routes.
Mitsuo Morimoto, ANA senior executive VP-operations and airport services, said: "We intend to use the Dreamliner to expand our business, particularly our international routes. We are aiming to increase our revenues from international operations significantly and the 787 will play an instrumental role in this."
(Geoffrey Thomas & Aaron Karp - ATWOnline News)