ANA announces first international route for B787-9

29 Apr 2015 by Clement Huang

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has revealed the first international route to feature its new B787-9 aircraft.

With effect from May 5, the Dreamliner will operate on the Tokyo Haneda–Munich route as flights NH217/NH218. Flight NH217 will depart Haneda daily at 1230 and arrive in Munich at 1720. The return NH218 service will depart from Munich 2125 and touch back down in Haneda at 1550 the following day. 

ANA has fitted its B787-9 with a total of 215 seats – an increase of 46 seats over the smaller B787-8 variant. The new aircraft is equipped with the airline’s latest business class, premium economy, and economy class products.

New inflight features include ANA Sky Live TV, which allows passengers to view television programmes in real time as they are broadcast on the ground – a first among Japanese airlines. Channels include NHK World Premium, Sports 24 and CNN. 

In addition, the B787-9 will be the very first ANA aircraft to offer inflight wifi service. The cost of the service has been set at US$6.95 for 30 minutes of connectivity; US$16.95 for three hours; or US$21.95 for up to 24 hours. 

With an extended fuselage over the B787-8, the B787-9 achieves up to 23 per cent greater fuel efficiency, and offers approximately 20 per cent more seating and cargo capacity. However, as with the smaller variant, the B787-9 also offers the same passenger benefits including optimised cabin humidity and air pressure.

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Clement Huang

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