Thursday, May 9, 2013

ANA to return Dreamliner fleet to service

Following the successful completion of a series of battery system modifications, safety checks and test flights, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will place its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet back into service effective June 1, 2013.

“ANA’s priority is the safety of our passengers,” Osamu Shinobe, president and CEO of ANA, said in a statement announcing the resumption of Dreamliner flights. “Our engineers have worked closely with Boeing to undertake the required improvements and we are fully satisfied with the safety of our 787 fleet.”

The reintroduction of the 787 aircraft will result in partial amendments to ANA's summer flight schedule for international and domestic services, including flights from Narita (NRT) to Seattle (SEA) and NRT to San Jose, Calif. (SJC).

Reservations services for these routes can be made beginning Friday, May 10.

ANA will also introduce the Dreamliner on three additional international routes this summer – NRT to Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG), and Haneda (HND) to Taipei (TSA) – bringing the number of overseas destinations served by the 787 to five.

In October 2012, I had the privilege of flying aboard ANA's first Dreamliner flight from SEA to NRT and wrote a number of posts related to this rather amazing plane and my experiences. Links to those posts are below.

Boeing's Dreamliner lives up to its name.

ANA Dreamliner Business Class

ANA Dreamliner Economy Class

Photos from the Dreamliner Tour

Geeking out over the 787 Dreamliner

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