Launch customer All Nippon Airways aims to begin Boeing 787 commercial services on its Japanese domestic network as early as January, following delivery late this year.

"We hope to receive the aircraft in November or December, and operate the first commercial flight to a domestic destination a month after that," says ANA. The aircraft will enter service on international routes when the carrier's 2011 summer schedule begins at the end of March, it adds.

Potential international destinations include Beijing and Shanghai, as well as US West Coast cities and Europe.

ANA expects to receive a total of eight 787-8s by the end of its current fiscal year ending 31 March 2011.

Source: Flight International