ANA to deploy 787 equipment between Tokyo Narita and Seattle and San Jose
All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced (21-Dec-2011) the first destinations it will operate to in the US with Boeing 787 equipment: Tokyo Narita to Seattle and San Jose from FY2012 (12 months commencing 01-Apr-2012). The launch of the service will make the "only Japanese airline to operate the two routes, as well as the only carrier to operate the Narita-San Jose route". It will also mark the first 787 service to/from the US. ANA received its first 787 in Sep-2011 and commenced operations with the aircraft in Oct-2011. [more - original PR] [more - original PR- Port of Seattle]
ANA Group: “We are very pleased to announce the launch of further international Dreamliner services to these two new destinations on the west coast of the United States. We will make full use of the efficiencies of the 787 as well as capitalizing on our close relationship with United and Continental Airlines to enhance the competitiveness of our joint ventures with these two Star Alliance partners. Seattle is an important international business hub and home to companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and, of course, Boeing itself while San Jose is in the heart of Silicon Valley. Passenger demand to fly to both destinations is high, not only from Japan but from many Asian cities. The launch of these new services will make ANA the only Japanese airline to operate the two routes, as well as the only carrier to operate the Narita-San Jose route,” Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO. Source: Company statement, 21-Dec-2011.