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JAL's New Boeing 787s Arrive at Narita & Haneda - World's 2nd Airliner to Receive 787 Delivery

JAL's New Boeing 787s Arrive at Narita & Haneda - World's 2nd Airliner to Receive 787 Delivery

JAL's first B787 arriving at Narita Airport.

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Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) brought its first two Boeing 787s, a new commercial airliner, to Japan on the evening of March 27 when one aircraft each landed at Narita and Haneda airports.

The carrier is the world's second after its Japanese rival, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA), to get its hands on the 787 since receiving the two aircraft from the Boeing Company's factory in Everett, Washington on March 25. That morning they took off from Paine Field, an airport next to the factory, bound for their new home in Japan.

At Narita Airport, around 100 or so JAL Group employees awaited the 787 with a banner that read: "Opening a New Era in Japanese Aviation." They welcomed the brand new aircraft's first arrival in Japan with smiles and applause. JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki, who rode on board, commented that the 787's operational performance and economic efficiency will be "a hopeful symbol of our dreams at a reborn JAL." A former pilot, Ueki related with a smile, "It's an amazing, state-of-the-art aircraft. I asked the captain to let me land it, but he turned me down."

The first 787 has a 186-seat configuration and offers in-flight services that include Sky Manga, the world's first ever electronic manga (Japanese comics) reader installed in an airliner cabin. JAL has ordered 45 Boeing 787s (with an option to pick up 20 more). The airline has plans to put the new aircraft into service on its new Narita-Boston route on April 22, followed by other new routes opening up this fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 including Narita-San Diego and Narita-Helsinki.

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