TOKYO, Japan – Boeing and ANA today announced how the two companies will work together to help prove the 787 Dreamliner’s readiness to enter service on a commercial basis. Using the second flight test aircraft, known as ZA002, they will simulate in-service operations across several airports in Japan in a service ready operational validation. The validation is expected to take place the week of July 4. Anticipated city pairs include trips between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and airports in Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima.
This will be the 787’s maiden appearance in Japan. ANA is the launch customer for the aircraft and has 55 Dreamliners on order. The 787, which will be deployed across the ANA route network, is an integral part of ANA’s strategy to strengthen its position and support its growth and expansion plans.
“ANA is eager to introduce the innovative 787 Dreamliner to Japan,” said Shinichiro Ito, ANA president and chief executive officer. “Giving our employees the opportunity to gain experience with the airplane will help ensure a smoother entry into service later this year.”
“We’ve put the airplane through its paces in a rigorous flight test program,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “Now, as we get closer to first delivery, we’ll prove out its capabilities and reliability in a revenue-like environment.”
ANA’s maintenance crews also will practice maintenance and servicing of the 787 during the validation. This will include typical ground servicing activities, fit checks of airplane jacks and maintenance hangar stands, towing and refueling the airplane, and other routine maintenance operations. Watch this video to see how Boeing and ANA are planning for the validation.
Similar service ready validations have been conducted with great success on previous Boeing programs, including the 777, 737NG and 757-300.
Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in the August to September timeframe.