ANA All Nippon Airways has announced its first passenger revenue flights using its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The Japanese carrier is the first airline to take delivery of both 787 variants and was the launch customer for the 787-8.
Beginning August 7, ANA will operate the 787-9 to Fukuoka, Osaka, and Matsuyama from its hub in Tokyo (Haneda).
ANA's 787-9 will seat 395 passengers and the carrier says it will focus on using the 787-9 on domestic routes to maximize passenger numbers, while still maintaining a low operating cost. The carrier also plans to use some of the new planes on long-haul routes to North America and Europe, replacing the 787-8, which currently flies the routes.
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||Osaka (Itami) 14:05
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||*All times local--According to ANA schedule
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According to a press release on July 30, 2014, Boeing announced it will produce the 787-10 at the Boeing factory in North Charleston, South Carolina. With the design of the 787-10 currently being worked on in Everett, Washington, the first plane should enter production in 2017.
"We looked at all our options and found the most efficient and effective solution is to build the 787-10 at Boeing South Carolina," said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager, 787 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This will allow us to balance 787 production across the North Charleston and Everett sites as we increase production rates. We're happy with our growth and success in South Carolina, and the continued success at both sites gives us confidence in our plan going forward."
The 787-10 will be 18 feet longer then the 787-9 with 10 feet in the mid body section. Due to the extra length, the mid body section of the 787-10 will be too long to efficiently transport between North Carolina and the Everett plant.
Another reason the decision was made is because of the North Carolina plant's capacity, which beats Everett's. With that, the Everett plant can focus on improving productivity of the 787-8 and the 787-9 that are currently produced there, as well as other Boeing aircraft types. With a current production rate of three 787's per month at Charleston, it is believed that the production rate will be increased to 14 per month by the end of the decade.
American Airlines will launch daily round trip service between its hub in Miami and Cap-Haitien, Haiti (CAP) beginning October 2, 2014, subject to government and regulatory approval. This will be the airline's second destination in Haiti. American Airlines has flown to Haiti's capital city, Port-au-Prince, for more than 40 years.
"We believe this new service is important not only for our customers, but also as an important catalyst to develop the north coast and open up this historically significant destination," said Art Torno, American Airlines' Senior VP of the Latin America region.
American Airlines will operate its Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the route which seats 160 passengers in a two class configuration.
"We are thrilled that American Airlines has decided to launch the first nonstop service from the United States to Cap-Haitien," said Haitian Prime Minister Laurent S. Lamothe. "This new route represents a tremendous opportunity for significant economic impact for our country by connectingMiami directly to the second city of Haiti."
American Airlines has timed the flight to allow passengers coming from Cap-Haitien to connect to over 100 destinations across its route network.
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