EVERETT -- All Nippon Flight 9397 rotated off of runway 16R at 7:17 AM PT. No Boeing test pilots were at the controls, no FAA observers on the flight deck, just the airline's personnel, handling the jet with the white-glove treatment. The event was captured from a myriad of angles, just as the first flight of the 787 was in December 2009.
The aircraft, currently enroute to Haneda Airport will cross the international dateline and land in Tokyo around 8:30 AM local time on Wednesday, about 1:30 ET. Boeing and ANA will broadcast the arrival live on UStream.
JA801A, Airplane Eight, was first today and Airplane 24, JA802A, will follow in its footsteps in mid-October, the airline said this morning. That will provide ANA two 787s before the aircraft formally enters scheduled revenue service on November 1. Air India, receiving Airplane 35, will be the first customer with GEnx engines and is expected to take delivery before the end of the year. Most likely candidates for delivery in 2011 include Airplane 24, Seven, Nine, 40, 41, 31 and 35, putting Boeing's goal at eight on the year.
My complete photoset from the flyaway is below the fold.
Video Credit Matt Cawby