Friday, July 25, 2014

ANA to receive first Boeing 787-9 on July 27th.

All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, the stretched version of the Dreamliner, on July 27th (PDT). JA830A will leave Paine Field (PAE/KPAE) on July 28th (PDT) and arrive at Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) on July 29th (JST).
Boeing 787-9 N1792B/JA830A at Paine Field. (Photo: Steve Bailey/

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 series engines, ANA's first 787-9 will be configured in a 395-seat domestic layout with 18 Premium Class (six abreast; 2-2-2) and 377 economy class (nine abreast; 3-3-3) seats, carrying 60 more passengers (six Premium Class and 54 economy) compared to their domestic 787-8s. Japan's largest carrier believes the stretched Dreamliner will have 23% better fuel efficiency and carry 20% more belly cargo compared to the 767-300ER. Deliveries of 787-9s configured for international services will start in early 2015.
Boeing 787-9 JA830A will receive TOMODACHI decals. (Image: ANA)

ANA will become the first airline in the world to carry passengers on the 787-9 on August 4th, when it will operate a Mt. Fuji sightseeing charter flight from Haneda carrying Japanese and American primary (elementary) school students in Japan. It will be carried out as part of the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. It invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. The young passengers will be chosen by ANA, Boeing, and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and tickets will not be available to the public.

The second member of the 787 family will enter scheduled revenue service with ANA in August. Type certification was awarded by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on June 16th, followed by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) on July 18th. Launch customer Air New Zealand (NZ/ANZ) took delivery of their first on July 9th. ANA is the biggest 787 customer to date, with orders counting 36 787-8s (28 delivered) and 44 787-9s. The stretched Dreamliners will enable ANA to start replacing their 777-200/200ERs.

Reference: All Nippon Airways, July 24th. (in Japanese)
Reference: All Nippon Airways, July 24th. (in Japanese)

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