To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced it will be operate special commemorative flights for the aircraft on October 31.
According to ANA, the airline will operate the special roundtrip flights using Boeing 787-8s from Tokyo-Haneda to both Okayama and Hiroshima. Passengers traveling on the special flights will receive commemorative gifts, and a water arch will welcome the flights upon arrival at Okayama and Hiroshima airports.
Along with the special flights, ANA added it has plans for special events for its customers including an online tour of Japan guided by a pilot from the cockpit of a Boeing 787.
ANA and the Boeing 787
ANA was the launch customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, placing the first order for the aircraft in 2004. The airline operated the world's first commercial flight using the aircraft in 2011, and since then it has since been an important part of the airline's international network expansion during the last decade. As the largest operator of the aircraft, 76 of the jets are part of the fleet which includes 36 787-8s, 38 787-9s, and 2 787-10s.
“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," said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. "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."