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Happy Birthday to the ANA 787 After a First Year of Flying

Where: Japan
November 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM | by | ()

We don’t know where the time has gone, but it’s been roughly a year since the first Boeing 787 took flight into the world of commercial aviation. Just in case you can’t remember that far back it was All Nippon Airways that scored the inaugural, and since then there’s been a lot of flying for ANA and their new planes.

There’s no birthday cake—at least not yet—but ANA was pretty eager to share some facts and figures about their newest toy, and as always we’re suckers for anything and everything related to the 787. In the last year the carrier has had around 9,000 flights with the plane, and they’ve shared the new airplane smell with about 1.8 million paying passengers.

We’re just going to assume their statistics are pretty are sound, but ANA reports that approximately 40% of their passengers specifically selected ANA—and the 787—for their flight. They’re even so bold to claim that 98% of passengers want a chance to ride with the 787 one more time—wonder what the deal is with the other two percent of passengers?

Even the plane’s fuel sipping abilities are right in line with expectations, as they have confirmed a 21% increase in fuel savings. In total there’s about 16 of the new birds hanging out in the airline’s hangars, and they already have plans to order even more. When it’s all said and done the might just have 66 of the planes, and that’ll include other 787 flavors like the yet to be released 787-9. Until the next set of deliveries we send our best to the 787 and to ANA—maybe we’ll send a card or something too.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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