ANA’s Dreamliners make 100,000th flight

ANA becomes first airline to reach milestone 

Representatives of Japan’s All Nippon Airways and aircraft manufacturer Boeing convened at Seattle’s Sea-Tac International Airport (SEA) Jan. 11 to celebrate ANA becoming the first airline to fly 00,000 flights of the 787 Dreamliner.

“The 787 Dreamliner has played an important role especially in forming the backbone of our international fleet,” Osamu Shinobe, the airline’s president and CEO said at a gate ceremony at the airport. “As the largest customer of the 787, we look to forward to introducing the entire family of Dreamliners into our fleet as we aim to celebrate another 100,000 flights and beyond.”

R2-D2 Dreamliner
ANA was the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner family, taking delivery of the first aircraft on Sept. 25, 2011 and currently operates the industry’s largest Dreamliner fleet. ANA fleet of 44 787s comprises both the 787-8 and the longer 787-9, including the recently introduced Star Wars-themed R2-D2 Dreamliner and has 39 more aircraft on order.

“ANA … has been a tremendous partner on the 787 program,” Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (NYSE:BA), added. “We look forward to celebrating many more milestones with ANA going forward.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a family of technologically advanced, fuel-efficient airplanes that bring big-jet ranges to the middle of the market, according to the manufacturer. To date, the 787 has flown more than 75 million passengers on more than 350 routes around the world, including more than 70 new nonstop routes opened through its efficiency.

TheTravelPro had the honor of being on the first Dreamliner flight from SEA to Tokyo’s Narita Airport in 2012 and published a number of posts about the plane and the trip, including a backgrounder on the plane itselfthe journey, and experiences in both Business Class and Economy.

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