ANA 787 Inaugural from Seattle a No Go

ANA 787 Taxis Under Rainbow from Water Cannon Salute

ANA 787 Taxis Under Rainbow from Water Cannon Salute at Sea-Tac Airport

As the Ohio valley and southern United States got soaked, it was a picture perfect day in Seattle for ANA’s inaugural flight from Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT). Upon arrival of the ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport (SEA), it received a water cannon salute resulting in a rainbow with the bright Seattle sunlight.

Members of the press along with Boeing, ANA executives, and Port of Seattle officials gathered for sendoff of the first ANA 787 Dreamliner flight from Seattle to Tokyo.

UPDATED: October 2, 2012 – ANA Inaugural Flight Departs Seattle

All Nippon Airways flight NH 1077 departed Seattle (SEA) for Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and was wheels up about a hour late. The scheduled flight for October 2nd departed as ANA flight NH 1079. Both of the flights are Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner operated and scheduled to land at Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) just a bit behind schedule.

Mechanical Problems Delay Flight

However, the departure of the flight was delayed as a result of mechanical problems. After a series of delays with the press and executives of the airline and Boeing present, the flight was cancelled and rescheduled until October 2nd.

While a disappointment for many, including passengers, press, aviation spectators, and the executives gathered for the send-off, the aircraft is scheduled to depart at 1:15pm (US Pacific Time) today.

According to a statement issued by ANA, a faulty part in the aircraft cooling system was discovered. As it is expected to take some time to repair the part, ANA regrettably decided to delay the flight, NH 1077, for 24 hours. ANA expects departure today at 1:15pm Pacific Time as scheduled.

ANA was the launch customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

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