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Article from BTNews 5 SEPTEMBER 2011

ANA 787 aircraft layout

For the first time the media have been allowed into ANA’s maiden Boeing 787 which goes into service next month.  The eighth Dreamliner built ZA101, as noted in last week’s AERBT, will initially be used on a short series of charter flights before operating on the Haneda to Okayama Hiroshima routes.  ANA expect delivery of 11 similar aircraft before the end of March 2012, and eight the following calendar year. 

This first 787 features a ‘ladies only’ rest room and is configured with 12 Business Class seats, 2+2+2 in two rows, and three Economy Class cabins 2+4+2.  Seats in both classes are supplied by the long established French company Sicma with Panasonic responsible for the in-flight entertainment system.

On boarding the obvious features are the ‘mood’ LED lighting and large cabin windows.  The overhead bins do not seem so obvious and there is an air of spaciousness.  Whilst Boeing talk about 250 passengers on this, the Dash 8 version of the aircraft, ANA have found room for 264.  Boeing also say that it is the quietest ‘big twin’ in airline history as far as passengers are concerned. www.ana.co.jp

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