Oman Air has yet to confirm definitively that it will take delivery of the six Boeing 787s it had agreed to lease from Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALFACO). The Arabian Gulf carrier continues negotiations with Boeing over demands for compensation that it wants for delays in the delivery schedule for the new widebody.
All Nippon Airways
The first Boeing 787 landed early Wednesday morning at Tokyo Haneda Airport carrying All Nippon Airways CEO Shinichiro Ito, following his appearance at the September 26 first delivery ceremony in Everett, Wash.
Boeing didn’t have to contrive any sense of jubilation today in rain-soaked Everett, Wash., as it delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to Japan’s All Nippon Airways. It staged the event after three years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns on a complex program that at times appeared to have tested the U.S. airframer to the limit.
Japanese carrier ANA is preparing for the first-ever passenger flight by the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on October 26, when it will operate a special charter service from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Hong Kong.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) said today it expects to take delivery of the first production Boeing 787 in September, roughly a month before a planned, inaugural charter flight between Toyko Narita International Airport and Hong Kong. Following a pair of one-hour, domestic excursions out of Narita, ANA plans to launch scheduled service between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Okayama or between Haneda and Hiroshima.
Boeing’s 787 service-readiness validation in Japan has drawn to a close, following nearly a week of flying and ground exercises at five airports.
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.
Despite what has been reported as the halting pace of radiation containment at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, business aviation operations in the country are slowly returning to normal, according to industry sources. Statistics from flight tracking provider Flight Aware showed a total of 33 general aviation flights from North America and U.S.
Airbus’s first firm order for A380s from a Japanese customer last week not only added a significant tally to its backlog, but it might have represented a watershed event in the company’s efforts to loosen Boeing’s stranglehold on the lucrative market.
Japan’s Skymark Airlines converted a memorandum of understanding for four Airbus A380s to a firm order yesterday, officially marking the first sale of the superjumbo to a Japanese airline.