Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced today that they plan to conduct so-called service readiness operations with the second 787 prototype–ZA002–at several airports in Japan during the week of July 4. Anticipated city pairs include trips between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and airports in Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima. The first flight will mark the 787’s maiden appearance in Japan.
ANA stands as the launch customer for the Dreamliner aircraft and holds orders for 55 airplanes. Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in either August or September.
“ANA is eager to introduce the innovative 787 Dreamliner to Japan,” said Shinichiro Ito, ANA president and chief executive officer. “Giving our employees the opportunity to gain experience with the airplane will help ensure a smoother entry into service later this year.”
ANA crews plan to practice maintenance and servicing of the 787 during the validation. The exercises will include typical ground activities, fit checks of airplane jacks and maintenance hangar stands, towing and refueling the airplane, and other routine maintenance operations.
Boeing and other launch customers have conducted similar validation exercises on previous Boeing programs, including the 777, 737NG and 757-300.
“We’ve put the airplane through its paces in a rigorous flight-test program,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “Now, as we get closer to first delivery, we’ll prove out its capabilities and reliability in a revenue-like environment.”