Sea-Tac Airport will become the second U.S. destination served by Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner Oct. 1 when All Nippon Airways begins Tokyo service using one of its new composite-bodied Boeing planes.
All Nippon inaugurated Tokyo service from Sea-Tac earlier this summer using a Boeing 777. It announced then that plane would ultimately be replaced by a Dreamliner sometime this fall.
Sea-Tac becomes the second airport with Dreamliner service in the U.S. Japan Airlines inaugurated 787 service to the U.S. earlier this year with nonstop flights between Boston and Tokyo.
Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport could steal the second Dreamliner domestic destination honor from Sea-Tac if Ethiopian Airlines begins service there with a 787 in September. The African airline took delivery of its first Dreamliner last week from Boeing. The airline had said it will use a Dreamliner on the Dulles route once it receives its second 787.
Ethiopian, however, has not yet announced when it will begin that Dreamliner service.
All Nippon also has plans to fly between San Jose, Calif., and Tokyo with a 787. That service, however, won’t begin until January.
“This will be an exciting day to see one of our region’s iconic products – the 787- return to its home and directly serve travelers and businesses Boeing supports every day,” said Mark Reis, managing director at Sea-Tac. “This reinforces Seattle’s status as a global gateway.”
“As the launch customer, ANA are proud that we can fly with the Boeing 787 to Seattle where the aircraft was manufactured,” said Osamu Shinobe, senior executive vice president of ANA. “We expect our passengers will be able to enjoy comfortable flights based on ANA’s excellent services and Boeing’s fine airplane.”
The Dreamliner is the first large aircraft made largely of composite material instead of metal. The plane is designed to cut fuel consumption by 20 percent compared with like-sized existing planes.
ANA configures its international long-haul 787 with 158 seats – 46 full-flat business class seats and 112 economy class seats. Business class includes staggered full-flat seat and conveniently offers every single seat with aisle access.
The flight departs Seattle daily at 1:15 p.m. arriving in Tokyo at 3:45 p.m. the next day. The return flight departs Tokyo at 5:25 p.m. and arrives in Seattle at 10:55 a.m.