ANA (All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) has decided to change 15 of its current orders for the Boeing 787-8 aircraft to the 787-9 model. ANA currently has a total of 55 orders for the Dreamliner.
The 787-9 aircraft is an extended body version of the 787-8 model, appropriate for short, mid-haul and long-haul international routes. The model will also meet the increasing need for 400 seat-capacity aircraft for domestic routes, and will further improve the flexibility of our fleet and network planning. Furthermore, like the 787-8 model, it is a highly fuel efficient aircraft which will enable ANA to reduce operating costs and carbon dioxide emission.
Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. The first 787-881 to appear in launch customer ANA’s colors is test aircraft ZA002 registered as N787EX (msn 34488). The airliner arrives at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) after a test flight.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) said that it now expects delivery of the first 787 to ANA in the middle of the first quarter 2011.
The delivery date revision follows an assessment of the availability of an engine needed for the final phases of flight test this fall.
While Boeing works closely with Rolls-Royce to expedite engine availability, flight testing across the test fleet continues as planned.
Boeing said last month that the cumulative impact of a series of issues, including supplier workmanship issues related to the horizontal stabilizer and instrumentation delays, could push first delivery of the 787 a few weeks into 2011. The delay in engine availability has extended that estimate to mid-first quarter 2011.
Meanwhile, due to the new delay, Kenya Airways is threatening to cancel its order for the new airplane.
Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) (test aircraft ZA002) arrives back at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) after a test flight.
ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) and Honeywell have signed a 10-year maintenance agreement for support of its equipment on ANA’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Honeywell will provide spares, logistics and repair services for its equipment on board the aircraft. Honeywell has flight control electronics, navigation radios, crew information systems and interior and exterior lighting.
ANA is expected to receive its first 787-800 in December 2010 or January 2011.
In other news ,ANA is seeking international investment from other partner airlines and investment funds to help set up a new LCC which will be launched in early 2011 according to the Nikkei Business Daily.
ANA is expected to take a 30-50 percent stake in the new LCC. The ANA name will not be used for the new airline.
On the financial side, ANA reported a fiscal first quarter net loss of slightly over $60 million.
Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. Test aircraft Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) “ZA002″ arrives back at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) painted in full ANA colors.