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All Nippon Airways sets date for Tokyo service from Sea-Tac

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on April 25, 2012 at 11:30 am |
April 25, 2012 11:30 am

Japan’s All Nippon Airways months ago announced its intention to begin non-stop service this year from Sea-Tac Airport to Tokyo. It just never announced a date.

Now the Japanese airline has announced that service will begin July 25. But if you’re looking to be one of the first Americans to travel in Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

ANA, launch customer for the composite-bodied, twin-engine, long-range aircraft, had said it would use the new plane to link the Puget Sound area to Japan. That would have made Sea-Tac the second U.S. airport to have 787 service.

ANA’s rival, Japan Airlines, this week began the first 787 service to the U.S. with non-stop Dreamliner flights to Tokyo from Boston.

ANA said today that it will begin the new connection with a Boeing 777, transitioning to a 787 later this year.

The 777 will be configured with 247 seats. The Dreamliner — when it arrives — will have 158 seats. The flight will leave Sea-Tac at 1:15 p.m. and arrive in Tokyo at 3:45 p.m. the next day.

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