All Nippon Airways will launch a new flight from Sea-Tac to Tokyo Wednesday with ceremonies that will include Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Port of Seattle Chief Executive Officer Tay Yoshitani.
The airline will start service using a Boeing 777-300ER for the flight and then transition to the newer 787 Dreamliner later this year. Sea-Tac is one of the first airports in the U.S. that will see service provided by the 787. Japan Airlines inaugurated service to the U.S. using the 787 with a new non-stop route from Boston to Japan.
The initial Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will be configured with a total of 247 seats (85 business class and 162 economy). The flight will depart Seattle daily at 1:15 p.m. arriving in Tokyo at 3:45 p.m. the next day. The return flight will depart Tokyo at 5:25 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 10:55 a.m., said the Port of Seattle, which owns Sea-Tac.
All Nippon is the launch customer of Boeing’s 787. The plane is being built in Everett and in North Charleston, S.C.
All Nippon will face competition on the route from two U.S. airlines, United and Delta.
Sea-Tac Airport moved up in the last year to become the 16th largest U.S. airport. In 2011, a record 32.8 million passengers traveled through Sea-Tac.