Sept. 26 will be the beginning of a new era of aviation. On that day the very first Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be delivered to Japanese carrier ANA (All Nippon Airways).
“The airplane is ready. ANA is ready. And, Boeing is ready,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This airplane begins a new chapter in aviation history.”
ANA’s 787 will arrive in Tokyo on Sept. 28, following a Sept. 27 departure from Everett, Wash., and will be greeted by ANA employees, media and Japanese partners. Many of the events will be webcast live, allowing people around the world to participate in the celebration.
Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO of ANA Group, said, “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.”
ANA launched the 787 program with an order of 50 airplanes in April 2004. The airline has played a key role in guiding the design of the Dreamliner.