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World’s First Boeing 787 to Fly over Haneda - ANA Scheduled to Put 1st Jet on Haneda Routes

World’s First Boeing 787 to Fly over Haneda - ANA Scheduled to Put 1st Jet on Haneda Routes

Boeing 787 doing a test flight. Photo: ©The Boeing Company

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All Nippon Airlines (ANA) is proceeding with plans to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner―a mid-sized passenger jet the carrier is scheduled to receive in the fourth quarter of this year―on its routes to and from Haneda Airport.

ANA is the “launch customer” of the 787 since it will be the first airline to receive the aircraft from Boeing and use it for commercial flights. ANA was initially supposed to receive its first jet in the first half of 2008, but the delivery schedule was extended due to changes to the development schedule by the manufacturer. Up to now the 787 has undergone flight testing and the cabin has been shown to the public. According to ANA’s PR office, “At the present time, it is pretty much certain that we will receive delivery in the fourth quarter of this year.”

ANA’s fiscal 2010 business plan announced in January incorporates the introduction of eight “Boeing 787-8s” in the fiscal year of 2010 as the company’s plan for its aircraft. According to the airline’s PR office, the new model will be the successor to the mid-sized Boeing 767 now in operation, initially flying domestic routes to and from Haneda. After that, ANA will make use of its long range and high flight efficiency and consider expanding internationally by adding new routes after Haneda’s new runway is opened.

The world will be watching should the next generation of state-of-the-art passenger aircraft make its maiden flight in the skies over Haneda.

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