Breakthrough Web Design - 515-897-1144 - Web sites for businesses
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the Entire North Iowa Region

Founded October 1, 2010

US sees first passenger flight by Boeing 787 Dreamliner

This news story was published on April 24, 2012.
Advertise on NIT Subscribe to NIT

By Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times –

SEATTLE — Japan Airlines on Sunday flew the first scheduled Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger service into the U.S. as it inaugurated service between Tokyo and Boston.

The 16-hour flight from Japan was greeted in Boston by a welcoming delegation, including Japan Airlines Chairman Masaru Onishi. The aircraft took off Monday for the first return flight to Tokyo.

The huge marketing success of the mid-size Dreamliner — Japan Airlines configures the cabin with 186 seats — was partly driven by the fact that it offers airlines the chance to open new long-distance routes between city pairs that don’t have enough traffic to justify putting a bigger jumbo jet in service.

Tokyo-Boston “is exactly the kind of long-haul point-to-point route the 787 was designed to fly,” Boeing Japan President Mike Denton, who was on the flight, said in a statement from Japan Airlines.

At the departure gate ceremony in Tokyo, Japan Airlines President Yoshiharu Ueki said the airline “is making best use of the aircraft’s long-range capability, appropriate capacity, and its economic performance,” the airline statement said.

Initially, Japan Airlines will fly four times a week each way between the two cities.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

 characters available