Japan’s All Nippon Airways, the launch customer for the Boeing 787, took delivery of its first 787-8 Dreamliner on September 25, 2011. Since then, Boeing has delivered 25 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to six different customers.

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The order, which Boeing values at $2.7 billion at current list prices, bring the total number of Boeing 787 widebodies ANA has ordered to 66 aircraft, among them 36 787-8s and 30 787-9s.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways and Hawaiian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement for passenger flights within Japan and Hawaii, as well as ANA-operated flights between Honolulu and Tokyo Haneda Airport.

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Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation has taken delivery of its first aircraft, a new Airbus A320 acquired on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services.

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Boeing and All Nippon Airways have signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner. Flyaway of the aircraft to Tokyo is scheduled for the morning of September 27 at 6:35 a.m. PST from Paine Field.

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Boeing has received type and production certification for the 787 from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency and will hand over ANA’s first 787 on September 26 in a ceremony at Boeing’s Everett plant.

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ANA’s first Boeing 787 bears a special livery signifying what the carrier sees as the core elements of its service brand – innovation, uniqueness and Japanese style.

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As part of the validation, ANA pilots, together with Boeing pilots, flew the 787 on routes from Seattle to Tokyo Haneda and from Tokyo to four airports across Japan: Osaka Itami and Kansai, Okayama and Hiroshima. Maintenance and ground crews from ANA also gained experience with the aircraft.

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Throughout the coming days, ANA pilots, together with Boeing, will fly a Boeing 787 on actual airline routes in Japan using airline dispatch and flight rules. ANA’s mechanics and ground crews also will gain experience with the aircraft in a simulated operational environment.

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The service-ready operational validation is expected to take place during the week of July 4. Anticipated city-pair routes include trips between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and airports in Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima.

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The new carrier will use a fleet of 10 A320s to start services from Osaka’s Kansai International Airport in the second half of ANA’s 2011 financial year, which ends of March 31, 2012.

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Boeing has celebrated the roll-out of the 1,000th 767, in a February 2 ceremony in which hundreds of current employees were joined by Boeing retirees who worked on the first 767.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has begun serving Japan with the launch of service to Nagoya and will begin flying to Tokyo in March.

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United Airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Continental Airlines have applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for antitrust immunity to enable the three airlines to create a transpacific joint venture.

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Continental Airlines is moving its Tokyo operations to the South Wing of Terminal 1 at Narita International Airport on November 1.

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Star Alliance members Air China and All Nippon Airways will begin codesharing on flights operated by both airlines between Beijing Capital International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from October 25.

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The Boeing Company says it now expects the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner to take place by the end of 2009 and the first delivery of a 787 to a customer (All Nippon Airways) to occur in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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