Boeing and ANA (All Nippon Airways) celebrated the airline’s 100,000th revenue flight with the 787 Dreamliner during a gate ceremony at Sea-Tac International Airport (SEA). This flight was flown from its hub at Narita International Airport (NRT).
“The 787 Dreamliner has played an important role especially in forming the backbone of our international fleet,” said Osamu Shinobe, president and CEO, ANA. “Reaching the 100,000th revenue flight milestone with the 787 Dreamliner is a significant milestone for ANA. As the largest customer of the 787, we look to forward to introducing the entire family of Dreamliners into our fleet as we aim to celebrate another 100,000 flights and beyond.”
ANA was the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner family and in 2011 became the first airline to introduce the innovative airplane to passengers around the world. Since then, the fuel-efficient airplane has enabled ANA to launch new routes worldwide, including North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. With this milestone, ANA has accumulated approximately a quarter of all 787 revenue flights.
“We are honored to celebrate this important milestone with ANA, especially here in Seattle,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “ANA is a valued Boeing customer and has been a tremendous partner on the 787 program. This milestone demonstrates the strength of our long-standing relationship and we look forward to celebrating many more milestones with ANA going forward.”
The Boeing 787 Program
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes that bring big-jet ranges to the middle of the market. To date, the 787 has flown more than 75 million passengers on more than 350 routes around the world. 62 customers (mix of airlines and leasing companies) ordered over 1,100 aircrafts while 35 received deliveries.
The most popular aircraft of the Boeing 787 Family is the 787-9 which combines the benefits of range and capacity.
Since the 787-8 is the first to be delivered, it makes up over 80% of the total deliveries as of December 2015. The 787-9 will not be able to catch up to its smaller sibling in deliveries for at least five years.
ANA operates the most Boeing 787s currently at 44 and also has the highest order total with 83 total aircrafts.
An interesting note is that Etihad Airways ordered 71 Boeing 787 aircrafts but only received 5 as at December 2015. This represents the lowest order to delivery ratio for airlines who received aircrafts.
- Most of the Boeing 787 operators configured the aircrafts without a first class
- Three with a first class include British Airways, Etihad Airways and China Southern
- Densest 787-8 / 787-9: Jetstar – 335 seats / ANA – 395 seats
- Lowest density 787-8 / 787-9: ANA – 158 seats / American Airlines and Japan Airlines – 195 seats