ANA says expects to get Boeing 787 in August or September


All Nippon Airways, the launch customer for Boeing Co’s long-delayed 787 Dreamliner, expects to take first delivery of the plane in August or September, an executive from the airline said yesterday.

Japan’s second-largest carrier expects to receive 14 of the carbon-composite planes through March and ten the year after, Shuichi Fujimura, senior vice president of ANA for Europe and the Middle East, said at the Paris Air Show.

He said the airline would fly the plane on Japan and European routes. ANA unveiled its new livery for the 787 at the show.

Boeing is not officially talking about who will receive the next few 787s after ANA. However, Boeing President Jim McNerney announced that China Southern should receive their first Dreamliner during the fourth quarter this year.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has recently announced they will operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a route from Narita Japan to Boston, starting in April 2012, but a JAL spokes person confirmed that this will not be the first 787 they will receive. “The first 787 will not be on the [Tokyo to Boston] route, but this route is the first one named by JAL to use the 787.” The spokesperson explained. “We haven’t announced where the first 787 will be deployed to.” JAL hopes to receive their first 787 by the end of 2011 and receive five Dreamliners by the end of the 2011 fiscal year.

It is not exactly clear if China Southern or JAL will receive the second 787, but this timeline suggests that ANA will not be flying the 787 exclusively for very long.