As part of the validation, ANA pilots, together with Boeing pilots, flew the 787 on routes from Seattle to Tokyo Haneda and from Tokyo...

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Boeing have completed the 787 service-ready operational validation in Japan.

As part of the validation, ANA pilots, together with Boeing pilots, flew the Boeing 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 in the simulated operational environment.


The Boeing 787 Dreamliner concluded its first point-to-point route in Japan on July 5, flying between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Itami Airport in Osaka, as part of Boeing and ANA's service-ready operational validation

“Giving our team a chance to work with the airplane prior to entry into service was very valuable,” said Katsunori Shimazaki, ANA’s corporate planning senior manager and the airline’s leader of the validation. “Our crews are excited to begin operating the first 787 revenue flights later this year.”

ANA and Boeing continued the 787 service-ready operational validation on July 6 with a flight between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport

Teams from ANA and Boeing validated more than a hundred procedures, including towing the aircraft, conducting fit checks of ground support equipment, staging electronic flight bag data and completing maintenance actions, among other activities.

During the Boeing 787 service-ready operational validation in Japan from July 3 to July 10, Boeing and ANA put the 787 in an operating environment much like the environment which the aircraft will experience in day-to-day airline operations

“The successful conclusion of this effort further validates our plans for entering the first all-new airplane of the 21st century into service with our launch customer ANA,” said Mike Fleming, 787 services and support vice president. “Our teams worked well together and the airplane performed as we expected.”

In the week from July 4 to July 11, 2011, ANA pilots, together with Boeing, flew the second flight-test 787, known as ZA002, on actual airline routes in Japan using airline dispatch and flight rules. Boeing and 787 launch customer ANA simulated in-service operations on the airline's domestic routes to validate service readiness

At each airport, hundreds of enthusiasts and reporters gathered to witness the 787’s arrival from Tokyo. Combined, several thousand people celebrated the Dreamliner’s presence in Japan.

The Boeing 787 meets another member of ANA’s Boeing fleet during the service-ready operational validation in Japan

“It has been incredible to see the enthusiasm for the 787 every place we’ve gone,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “With its improvements in comfort and environmental performance, passengers are clearly eager to experience the 787 for themselves.”

In an operational-validation test from the week of July 3 to July 10, 2011, ANA pilots and Boeing pilots flew a flight-test Boeing 787 on actual airline routes in Japan using airline dispatch and flight rules. Pictured here are ANA pilots Capt. Katsumi Ikeda, Capt. Kazushige Higami and Capt. Masami Tsukamoto

ANA’s first scheduled service with the 787 will be either the Tokyo Haneda-Okayama or Tokyo Haneda-Hiroshima route when deliveries begin later this year.

The carrier has 55 Dreamliners on order. ANA will deploy the 787 across its route network as an integral part of its strategy to strengthen its position and support its growth and expansion plans.