All Nippon Airways (ANA) will operate commemorative flights in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the B787 aircraft.
The flights will take place on October 31, 2021, and retrace the initial flight routes of the 787-8 aircraft ten years ago. The schedule will be as follows:
ANA 653 Haneda 1025 – Okayama 1145
ANA 656 Okayama 1230 – Haneda 1345
ANA 679 Haneda 1310 – Hiroshima 1440
ANA 680 Hiroshima 1525 – Haneda 1645)
Passengers travelling on the flights will receive commemorative gifts and be welcomed with a water arch upon arrival at Okayama and Hiroshima airports.
The airline placed the world’s first order for the aircraft in 2004, and has collaborated with its manufacturing partners to customise the aircraft and introduce new technologies and materials to improve the passenger experience since its debut in 2011.
The airline currently owns 36 B787-8, 39 B787-9, and two B787-10 aircraft.
Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA, commented:
“The Boeing 787 has been an integral part of our fleet and has helped ANA provide superior customer service, expand our international network and improve our operational efficiency.
“The upcoming commemorative flights are an expression of gratitude towards our partnership and collaboration with Boeing for supplying aircraft that have met our needs as an airline while also contributing to our improving the efficiencies needed for environmentally friendly operations. With its distinguished service record over the past decade, we expect that the Boeing 787 will continue to be a key part of our fleet for years to come.”
ANA will also hold an online tour of Japan guided by a pilot from the cockpit of a B787 aircraft, along with “other events” in the future.