Boeing celebrated the delivery of the first B787 Dreamliner to launch customer ANA on 26-Sep-2011 during a ceremony adjacent to the factory where the aircraft was assembled. ANA and Boeing completed the contractual delivery of the aircraft on 25-Sep-2011. ANA will operate the aircraft to Tokyo Haneda Airport on 27-Sep-2011. The aircraft will be put into service in Nov-2011 in Japan with regular international services to commence in Dec-2011 on the Tokyo Haneda-Beijing route, followed by its first regular long-haul international service between Haneda and Frankfurt in Jan-2012. [more - original PR] [more - CAPA analysis]
Boeing: "Today we celebrate a significant moment in the history of flight. The 787 Dreamliner is the biggest innovation in commercial aviation since the Boeing 707 introduced the world to passenger jet travel more than 50 years ago," Jim McNerney, chairman, president and CEO. Source: Company Statement, 26-Sep-2011.
Boeing: "It's not often that we have the chance to make history, do something big and bold that will change the world in untold ways and endure long after we are gone. That's what the 787 Dreamliner is and what ANA and Boeing have done together – build what truly is the first new airplane of the 21st century," Jim Albaugh, Commercial Airplanes President and CEO. Source: Company Statement, 26-Sep-2011.
ANA: "We are delighted to be taking delivery finally of our first 787. ANA is extremely proud to be the launch customer for the Dreamliner and to have helped Boeing so closely in the development of this state-of-the-art aircraft. The Dreamliner will enable us to offer unrivalled standards of service and comfort to our passengers and will play a key part in ANA's plans for international expansion," Shinichiro Ito, CEO. Source: Boeing Company Statement, 26-Sep-2011.