ANA Faces ETOPS Certification Delay When First 787s Arrive
All Nippon Airways will be forced to restrict flights of the Boeing 787 to regional and domestic routes for 12-18 months after taking delivery in late May 2008 because it is expected to take that long for cautious Japanese bureaucrats to approve extended operations (ETOPS) over the North Pacific.
As it did with the 777, Boeing will certify the 787 with full ETOPs authority, but the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) is expected to take at least a year doing its own certification, as it did with the 777. ANA now uses 777-300ERs as its primary fleet for transpacific operations and wants to phase out its remaining 747-400s from the Pacific routes because their fuel burn is too high.
ANA will take delivery of six 787-8s in 2008 and 2009 out of total order of 30. The first of its 20 787-3s will not arrive until 2010, and Executive VP Osamu Shinobe said it will be flown in a two-class, 300- to 330-seat configuration. Seating for the 787-8 is still being worked out, but ANA expects to operate the airplane in different configurations for international and domestic services.
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