ANA: Seattle and San Jose first Boeing 787 USA destinations

ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner To Fly Seattle and San Jose | Air Travel News | Photo: Boeing

Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Seattle and San Jose – Silicon Valley

After an absence of many years, non-stop service between San Jose, California (SJC) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) will again become reality thanks to a high-tech aircraft.  ANA will also launch Boeing 787 on the route between Seattle (SEA) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT).  No dates are set in stone, but ANA plans operating these services in 2012.

American Airlines used to trek across the Pacific to Tokyo using the Boeing 777-200 from San Jose, California, but the route was never profitable; while the Boeing 777 had the range necessary to make the trip, it was simply too large of an aircraft for a niche route with San Fransisco International Airport being so close and competitive.  A smaller, long range aircraft was needed to make the trip.

The new Boeing 787 is a long-haul mid-sized aircraft, perfect for such a route.  Flying long-haul services to both San Jose and Seattle will enable ANA to maximize the 787 Dreamliner’s efficiency and performance.  Passengers will arrived more relaxed because of higher humidity in the cabin – this is made possible because of its composite structure – this same structure is lightweight, as such the 787 Dreamliner will use 20 per cent less fuel.

Shinichiro Ito, President and CEO of ANA Group, commented, “We are very pleased to announce the launch of further international Dreamliner services to these two new destinations on the west coast of the United States. We will make full use of the efficiencies of the 787 as well as capitalizing on our close relationship with United and Continental Airlines to enhance the competitiveness of our joint ventures with these two Star Alliance partners.”

“Seattle is an important international business hub and home to companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and, of course, Boeing itself while San Jose is in the heart of Silicon Valley.  Passenger demand to fly to both destinations is high, not only from Japan but from many Asian cities.  The launch of these new services will make ANA the only Japanese airline to operate the two routes, as well as the only carrier to operate the Narita-San Jose route.”

ANA is Japan’s largest airline as well as the launch customer of the Boeing 787.

Photo Credit: Boeing

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