All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Boeing stated (26-Aug-2011) the contractual delivery of the first B787 will occur in Everett on 25-Sep-2011, more than three years behind the originally scheduled May-2008 delivery date (Bloomberg/Dow Jones/AFP/Denver Business Journal, 26-Aug-2011). The B787 will depart Everett on 27-Sep-2011 to arrive in Tokyo on 28-Sep-2011. ANA launched the B787 programme with an order for 50 aircraft in Apr-2004. The carrier expects to receive 11 more B787s by the end of Mar-2012, followed by a further eight in the 12 month to Mar-2013. [more]
Boeing: “The airplane is ready. ANA is ready. And, Boeing is ready. This airplane begins a new chapter in aviation history...Once our customers get this airplane, they’ll forgive us for the fact we’re a little late,” Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Source," Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Source: Company Statement/Bloomberg, 26-Aug-2011.
ANA Group: "As launch customer, we are delighted to be taking delivery of our first 787 Dreamliner. This aircraft will enable us to offer new standards of service and comfort to our passengers and will play an important role in our international expansion strategy as we seek to become Asia’s number one airline," Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO. Source: Company Statement, 26-Aug-2011.