ANA to be first commercial operator of 787-9

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All Nippon Airways will become the first carrier in the world to operate the Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

After taking delivery at Boeing’s Everett factory on 27 July, the aircraft will be flown to Tokyo, arriving in 29 July, says ANA in a statement.

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The aircraft will initially be deployed on domestic routes, although the carrier did not provide details of specific destinations.

In a domestic configuration, ANA’s -9s are equipped with 395 seats, of which 18 are in business class and 377 in economy. It's -8s have just 335 seats.

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Prior to launching commercial services with the new airliner, ANA will operate a special commemorative flight with Japanese and American schoolchildren.

ANA adds that the 787-9’s fuel economy is superior to that of the -8, and 23% better than the 767-300ER. This, coupled with 20% more seating and better cargo capacity, will help cut operating costs.

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ANA, which was the launch customer of the -8 in 2011, has orderered 80 787s. Of these 36 are -8s (with 28 already delivered) and 44 -9s.

The carrier’s 787 fleet is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

Air New Zealand, which recently received its first 787-9, will commence using the type in October.