Sunday, June 8, 2014

ANA takes 150th Boeing 787 delivery.

On June 5th, All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) took Boeing's 150th delivery of the Dreamliner. The 787-8, registered JA829A, is the 179th example to roll off the production line and is the Japanese carrier's 28th. The aircraft departed Paine Field (PAE/KPAE) at 1846 PDT on June 5th and landed at Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) at 2006 JST on June 6th.
Boeing 787-8 JA829A takes off from Paine Field on a pre-delivery test flight. (Photo: Boeing)

JA829A is also ANA's eighth Dreamliner configured for regional international routes, and becomes the first in that group to have nine-abreast (3-3-3) seating in economy class, adding 18 seats. The number of seats in business stays at 42, making the total 240.

Breakdown of ANA's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner fleet:
Long-haul international (9 aircraft):
158 seats (C46+Y112): JA805A, JA806A
169 seats (C46+P21+Y102): JA813A, JA814A, JA820A, JA822A, JA823A, JA827A, JA828A

Regional international (8 aircraft):
222 seats (C42+Y180): JA801A, JA802A, JA803A, JA804A, JA807A, JA808A, JA815A
240 seats (C42+Y198): JA829A 

Domestic (11 aircraft):
335 seats (P12+Y323): JA809A, JA810A, JA811A, JA812A, JA816A, JA817A, JA818A, JA819A, JA821A, JA824A, JA825A

To the nightmare of coach flyers, ANA had been reconfiguring its long-haul-configured 787s from eight-abreast (2-4-2) to nine-abreast (3-3-3) seating in economy to compensate for introducing 21 premium economy seats (25th & 26th Boeing 787s for ANA; first B787-9 due in summer.), so converting Dreamliners configured for regional Asian routes to nine-abreast has been expected. All 222-seat 787s will probably be reconfigured to 240 seats in due course. Meanwhile, their 335-seat domestic 787s have had nine-abreast seating in economy since delivery.

The next three 787-8 deliveries are to be configured for regional international routes, so this should accelerate the transfer of additional 767-300ERs currently serving international to domestic, thereby replacing older 767-300s (yes, non-ERs) plying domestic skies. Meanwhile, their first stretched Dreamliner, the 787-9, registered JA830A, is currently undergoing test flights in Seattle, while the second, JA833A, is under production. The first is planned for delivery later this summer, with three to be delivered by the end of this year.

ANA is the largest 787 customer having ordered 80, including the top-up commitment for a further 14 787-9s announced in March (ANA selects Boeing 777-9X and Airbus A321neo.). The orderbook consists of 36 787-8s and 44 787-9s.

Source: Boeing Airplanes @ Twitter (in English)

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