Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ANA takes delivery of first Boeing 787-9.

All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) took delivery of their first Boeing 787-9, the first stretched variant of the Dreamliner, on July 27th (PDT). It arrived at their Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) base on July 29th (JST). JA830A departed Paine Field (PAE/KPAE) at 2103 PDT on July 28th as flight NH9399 and touched down on 'Runway D' of Tokyo's downtown airport at 2237 JST on July 29th.
Boeing 787-9 JA830A touches Japanese soil for the first time. (Photo: Aviation Wire)

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 series engines, ANA's first 787-9 is 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) than their domestic 787-8s. By March 2015, Japan's largest carrier is planned to take delivery of two more machines; one more domestic coming next plus their first international-configured aircraft towards the end of the fiscal year.

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 as part of the TOMODACHI Initiative (ANA to receive first Boeing 787-9 on July 27th.). Scheduled revenue flights are expected to commence later in August.

ANA is the biggest 787 customer to date, with orders counting 36 787-8s, of which 28 have been delivered, and 44 787-9s. The stretched Dreamliners will enable ANA to start replacing their 777-200/200ERs, which seat either 223 (70 business, 36 premium economy, and 117 economy) or 306 (35 business and 271 economy) for international, and 405 (21 Premium Class and 384 economy) for domestic.

Reference: Aviation Wire, July 29th. (in Japanese)

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