Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, becoming the second customer to receive a 787-9.
Air New Zealand was the first customer to take delivery of a Boeing 787-9, flying its first away from Boeing’s widebody facility in Everett, Washington on July 10.
ANA will become the world’s first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 models of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 services on domestic Japanese routes in August.
“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,” says Osamu Shinobe, ANA’s president and CEO.
Shinobe adds: “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.”
With this delivery, ANA now has 29 Boeing 787 jets in its fleet, more than any other operator in the world.
ANA has 29 more 787-9s on order and holds commitments for 14 more. To date, 60 customers have ordered more than 1,000 787s and more than 160 787s are now in operation.