Boeing issued a statement claiming that they and ANA (All Nippon Airways) have completed the 787 Dreamliner operational validation in Japan over the proceeding weekend. According to Boeing, ANA pilots, together with Boeing, flew the Dreamliner on routes from Seattle to Tokyo and Tokyo to four airports across Japan, including Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima. Maintenance and ground crews from ANA also gained experience with the airplane in the simulated operational environment.
“Giving our team a chance to work with the airplane prior to entry into service was very valuable,” said Katsunori Shimazaki, ANA corporate planning senior manager and the airline’s leader of the validation. “Our crews are excited to begin operating the first 787 revenue flights later this year.”
The Boeing statement said that teams from ANA and Boeing validated more than a hundred procedures, including towing the airplane, conducting fit checks of ground support equipment, staging electronic flight bag data and completing maintenance actions.
Boeing says that at each airport, hundreds of enthusiasts and reporters gathered to witness the 787′s arrival from Tokyo. Combined, several thousand people celebrated the Dreamliner’s presence in Japan. Given the enthusiasm in Japan for aviation the turnout is not surprising.
According to Boeing, ANA’s first scheduled service with the 787 will be either the Tokyo Haneda-Okayama or Tokyo Haneda-Hiroshima route when deliveries begin later this year.
ANA has 55 Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order.