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After years of waiting, ANA flies its first 787 to Japan

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By Michelle Dunlop
Herald Writer
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  • The first Boeing 787 delivered to a customer takes off on its inaugural flight as an ANA aircraft.

    Michael O'Leary/The Herald

    The first Boeing 787 delivered to a customer takes off on its inaugural flight as an ANA aircraft.

  • The first Boeing 787 delivered to a customer flies away on its inaugural flight as an ANA plane. The pilot dipped the wings as a farewell as he depart...

    Michael O'Leary/The Herald

    The first Boeing 787 delivered to a customer flies away on its inaugural flight as an ANA plane. The pilot dipped the wings as a farewell as he departed Paine Field.

  • The flight crew boards the plane as final preparations for departure are made by the ground crew.

    Michael O'Leary/The Herald

    The flight crew boards the plane as final preparations for departure are made by the ground crew.

  • The ground crew works on final preparations.

    Michael O'Leary/The Herald

    The ground crew works on final preparations.

  • The pilots get the final thumbs up for departure from Ray Tracy, Boeing aviation maintenance technician.

    Michael O'Leary/The Herald

    The pilots get the final thumbs up for departure from Ray Tracy, Boeing aviation maintenance technician.

  • ANA flew the first 787 to be delivered to an airline from Everett to Japan on Tuesday.

    Michael O'Leary / The Herald

    ANA flew the first 787 to be delivered to an airline from Everett to Japan on Tuesday.

  • The ground crew prepares the 787 for an early morning departure from Paine Field.

    Michael O'Leary/The Herald

    The ground crew prepares the 787 for an early morning departure from Paine Field.

  • ANA's 787 taxis from the Future of Flight to the runway to take off from Paine Field on Tuesday.

    Michael O'Leary / The Herald

    ANA's 787 taxis from the Future of Flight to the runway to take off from Paine Field on Tuesday.

The first 787 that will carry paying passengers landed in Japan on Tuesday, completing a 5,037-mile journey from Everett, where thousands of Boeing Co. workers created and built the world's first mostly composite jet.
Having celebrated the 787's delivery at Boeing on Monday, All Nippon Airways flew its first Dreamliner home to Tokyo. The trip took nine hours and 47 minutes, but it ended years of waiting for the Dreamliner's launch customer.
Boeing suffered several setbacks with its fuel-efficient 787, including supplier and production problems. ANA's chief executive Shinichiro Ito told Boeing employees on Monday that his 30,000 airline employees worked and suffered with them over these last three years of delays. The two companies have forged a stronger relationship as a result.
"It's not often that we have the chance to make history, do something big and bold that will change the world in untold ways and endure long after we are gone," Boeing's Jim Albaugh, president of commercial airplanes, said on Monday. "That's what the 787 Dreamliner is and what ANA and Boeing have done together -- build what truly is the first new airplane of the 21st century."
The 787 departed from Paine Field at 7:16 a.m., Pacific time, on Tuesday, about 40 minutes behind schedule. ANA's Dreamliner landed at 5:03 p.m., according to FlightAware. Local time in Tokyo was 9:03 a.m., Wednesday.
ANA streamed the landing through its website. More than 5,400 people watched the landing online.
To allow 787 fans a chance to fly on the jet, the carrier will fly charter flights on Oct. 26 and 27, from Tokyo to Hong Kong. ANA will take passengers up on flights that depart and land at Tokyo on Oct. 28 and 29.
The Dreamliner will enter regular service on Nov. 1, flying from Tokyo to Okayama, Japan.
This is the first of 55 Dreamliner aircraft that ANA has on order with Boeing. Satoru Fujiki, senior vice president for ANA, told journalists on Sunday that Boeing has stepped up the pace of 787 deliveries to the carrier to make up for the delay. By March 2012, Boeing will have delivered 12 787s to ANA.
"Our delivery pace is quite accelerated," Fujiki said.
Boeing has orders for 821 of its Dreamliner aircraft. The company's shares rose 77 cents on Tuesday to close at $62.78.






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