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Boeing and ANA roll out first B787

8-Aug-2011 8:33 AM

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Boeing stated (06-Aug-2011) the first B787 to enter service rolled out of the paint hangar on 06-Aug-2011 bearing the ANA livery. Boeing VP and GM of the B787 programme Scott Fancher added that "our teams are making outstanding progress in completing the first airplane to be delivered and achieving certification of the B787". Boeing plans to deliver the first B787 to ANA in Sep-2011. ANA will operate its first B787 revenue flight as a charter international service from Tokyo to Hong Kong. The ANA B787 is configured with 264 seats, 12 in business and 252 in economy (Reuters/CNN, 06-Aug-2011). ANA has ordered 55 B787s. ANA Senior VP Mitsuo Morimoto stated the carrier "plans 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". The airline is considering a route from Japan to the US or Europe that would use the B787, Mr Morimoto said.  [more]