Two ANA (All Nippon Airways) pilots flew the
Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the first time on Wednesday (12 May
2010). The airplane they flew is the first of six flight-test
airplanes. The two-hour-and-40-minute flight took place over
Flying the 787 for the first time were ANA
pilots Capt. Masayuki Ishii, director of 787 pre-operations
planning, and Capt. Masami Tsukamoto, manager of 787
pre-operations pilots. On board were Capt. Mike Carriker, Boeing
787 chief test pilot, Capt. Christine Walsh and Scott Fancher,
vice president and general manager of the 787 program, Boeing
"The flight was a customer
demonstration for our launch customer's lead pilots to evaluate
the 787," said Fancher. "We are extremely proud to have ANA on the
flight, and have the opportunity to show what a great airplane the
men and women of Boeing have created."
The flight was
conducted under a special airworthiness certificate granted by the
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
The 787 program was
launched in April 2004 with a record order of 50 787's from ANA.
ANA, which plays an active role as launch customer, is scheduled
to take the first 787 delivery in the fourth quarter 2010.
During the flight, both pilots performed multiple takeoffs and
landings as well as other maneuvers that allowed them to feel the
airplane's characteristics. The pilots also gained experience with
other 787 flight-deck features, including larger display screens,
dual head-up displays and dual electronic flight bag.
was fantastic and an incredible experience," said Capt. Ishii.
"ANA passengers are in for an incredible experience when they fly
on the 787."
flight, Carriker showed the ANA pilots, who are both rated on the
Boeing 777, the similarities and differences between the two
airplanes. Pending regulator approval, it will take as few as five
days of training for 777 pilots to become qualified as 787 pilots.
Customers around the world have ordered 860 787s
since the program was launched in April 2004.
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