All Nippon Airways (ANA) has become the first carrier in the world to operate 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a ceremony at Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center.
The Japanese carrier was the 787 launch customer when it ordered 50 in 2004, with the first aircraft entering service in 2011, and since then it has ordered an additional 33 including the newest member, the 787-10. Boeing says ANA operates 11 per cent of the world’s 787s and has flown an estimated 125,000 flights.
ANA president and chief executive officer (CEO), Osamu Shinobe says: “The 787 Dreamliner has played a significant role in opening up new routes into new markets, while also forming the backbone of our long-haul fleet.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO, Ray Conner says: “As the launch customer of the 787 and our largest 787 customer, we are honoured to celebrate this important milestone with ANA. ANA is a valued Boeing customer and has been a vital partner on this program.”
“Today’s event demonstrates the strength of our enduring relationship and we look forward to introducing the 787-10 to ANA in the coming years to complete the entire family of 787 Dreamliners in their fleet.”