11 JULY 2016


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Article from BTNews 11 JULY 2016

ANA Dreamliner on video

A video showing All Nippon Airways' B787-9 Dreamliner in action in a flight demonstration was released by Boeing and the airline last week as a prelude to the aircraft performing at Farnborough. 

Boeing test pilots Randy Neville, Van Chaney and John Misuradze conducted the flight over Boeing’s home state in the US.

The video previews the planned Farnborough technical demonstration, as well as additional manoeuvres to showcase the 787’s performance and capabilities. These include high-banking turns that show wing flex, and side-to-side movements to demonstrate roll authority and handling characteristics

ANA made history by becoming the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner and makes history again by becoming the first Japanese airline to take part in a demonstration flight at a major international airshow. 

The aircraft is specially marked with decals featuring Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms, two iconic symbols of Japan.

Up to the end of last month, 571 orders have been placed for the 787-9 by 38 customers worldwide. The Farnborough aircraft, scheduled for delivery later this month, will become ANA's 13th 787-9 and the 49th member of ANA's 787 fleet. The airline is the largest operator of the Dreamliner.




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John Davidson, Paris France

An impressive video, but isn't it the same one as shown two years ago? Japan's Panasonic supplies the lithium-ion batteries for the B787, perhaps one reason that ANA became the launch customer. Those batteries, however, have been the thorn in the Dreamliner's side and Panasonic had never supplied aviation batteries (its Li-on technology was developed for consumer purposes, such as cellphones) and they clearly hadn't mastered the electronics necessary for thermal control of a large battery needed by an airliner.