ANA to fly 787 validation services

31 May 2011 by BusinessTraveller

Dreamliner launch customer ANA is to fly the 787 aircraft between several cities in Japan next month, in order to “simulate in-service operations” ahead of the aircraft’s launch later this year.

The carrier is due to fly Dreamliner test aircraft ZA002 between cities including Tokyo, (Haneda airport), Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okyama and Hiroshima, in the week starting July 4.

It will be the first appearance of Boeing’s Dreamliner in Japan, and ANA said that the validation process will give “employees the opportunity to gain experience with the airplane will help ensure a smoother entry into service later this year”.

The airline will also practice maintenance and servicing of the aircraft during the validation period. Boeing says that it plans to deliver the first B787 Dreamliner to ANA in August or September this year.

Rival Japanese carrier JAL recently announced it will fly its Dreamliner aircraft between Tokyo and Boston from April next year (see online news May 27).

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Report by Mark Caswell

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