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In 2011, All Nippon Airways became the first airline to introduce the innovative Boeing 787 Dreamliner to customers around the world. TPG himself listed the airline’s Vancouver to Tokyo (HND) route among the top-10 Dreamliner routes he wants to fly, last year ANA added new liveries to its fleet with a series of pop culture-inspired paint jobs and All Nippon is now one of the largest Dreamliner operators. Not to mention, the airline is also one of the safest in the world and its food is among the best in the skies.
After several years of successfully operating the Dreamliner, ANA has become the first airline to reach 100,000 787 flights. In a press release celebrating the Boeing and ANA partnership, ANA’s president and CEO Osamu Shinobe said, “The 787 Dreamliner has played an important role especially in forming the backbone of our international fleet.” The carrier flies the Dreamliner on its worldwide network of routes, including North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. With the milestone, ANA has accumulated approximately one-quarter of all 787 revenue flights.
ANA operates the world’s largest 787 fleet with 44 Dreamliners, including both the 787-8 and the longer 787-9. However, the carrier isn’t stopping there, as it still has 39 unfilled orders, including for the longest and newest member of the 787 family, the 787-10. The 330-seat 787-10 is a shorter-range (about 7,400 miles) but higher-capacity version of the Dreamliner and comes in at 224 feet long. Boeing has said that 95% of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical. Major assembly is set to begin this year, with the first test flight scheduled for 2017 and the first delivery in 2018.
To date, the 787 has flown more than 75 million passengers on more than 350 routes around the world. Other carriers that fly the Dreamliner include Qatar Airways, American Airlines, British Airways, JAL, LOT, Norwegian Air and Air Canada, among others.
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