By Michael Garko, In Airline News
It may be three years behind schedule, but the first Dreamliner that will be delivered to launch customer ANA was rolled out of Boeing’s hangar in Everett on Saturday. The plane is wearing a special livery that represents ANA’s innovation, uniqueness and the inspiration of Japan.
“Our teams are making outstanding progress in completing the first airplane to be delivered and achieving certification of the 787,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “We are inspired by the airline’s enthusiasm for this airplane and look forward to the day when we make our first delivery to ANA.”
The interior of the first aircraft includes 264 seats, 12 business and 252 economy, with personal TVs, more legroom, dimmable windows, and a beverage bar. This setup will operate on short-haul international routes for ANA.
“We plan to use the 787 to expand our business, particularly our international routes. We plan to increase our revenue from international route significantly and the 787 will play an instrumental role in this,” said Mitsuo Morimoto, Senior Vice President of ANA.
ANA has ordered 55 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to date.
Morimoto went on to say that All Nippon Airways is evaluating using the Dreamliner on a route to the United States in the future.
Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in September. All Nippon Airways will operate its first Dreamliner revenue flight as a charter flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong.