All Nippon Airways, commonly known as ANA, is celebrating the delivery of their very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The Boeing 787-9 is expected to be pressed into operations around August, and will primarily be used on the domestic routes in Japan. The delivery of the very first 787-9 will take the number of Boeing 787s in the fleet of ANA to 29, which is the maximum in the world. More than 60 firms have already placed orders for the Boeing 787 aircraft.
Some of the key differences between Boeing 787-9 and Boeing 787-8 are a slightly extended fuselage by about 20 feet, which would allow extra 40 passengers to be taken on board and an additional 450 NM to the range of the aircraft. The Boeing 787-9 brings several of the good features from the Boeing 787-8, including larger windows, better indoor lighting, lower cabin altitude, cleaner air, larger stow bins as well as a better flying experience. Not just this, Boeing 787-9 also promises a reduction in fuel usage by at least 20% and in emissions by 20% when compared to aircraft of similar sizes. The aircraft is truly a major step towards a cleaner and greener flying initiative that most of the major aircraft manufacturers are adhering to.
Osamu Shinobe, ANA president and CEO said, "The 787 Dreamliner is a key element in our growth strategy and we are proud to be the first airline to fly both models of the 787 family. The new 787-9 will build on the exceptional efficiency of the 787-8 and will allow us to meet growing demand that is anticipated ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Our customers have expressed their pleasure with the comfort of the 787's innovative cabin features and we are excited to introduce the new 787 variant into our fleet."
"This milestone delivery adds yet another chapter in our long and successful relationship with ANA," said John Wojick, senior vice-president of Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes when commenting upon the delivery of the milestone aircraft. "ANA continues to demonstrate the market-leading efficiency and comfort of the 787 family."
In the current record, Boeing has an outstanding order of more than 1,000 Boeing 787 aircraft, with almost 160 of them already in operation. ANA alone has to receive another 29 Boeing 787 planes with a commitment to purchase another 14 making it one of the privileged 787 customers.