The state-of-the-art aircraft that was born in Seattle will soon be serving Sea-Tac Airport.
All Nippon Airways (ANA), the Japanese airline to receive the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, announced Wednesday the aircraft will run regular routes to Seattle starting next year.
ANA CEO Shinichiro Ito made the announcement, saying the 787 will provide nonstop service from Tokyo to Seattle.
“We are very pleased to announce the launch of long-haul international services from Tokyo to Seattle,” Ito said.
“This city is an important destination on the U.S. West Coast and is home to companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and, of course, Boeing itself. We are confident that passenger demand to fly to Seattle will be high, not only in Japan but other Asian cities.”
Seattle will be the first North American city to host the fuel efficient carbon composite aircraft.
“As the closest and most convenient U.S. gateway to Asia, we are pleased to be selected as the first North American city to receive 787 service by the aircraft’s launch customer, ANA,” said Mark Reis, Managing Director of Sea-Tac Airport.
“Furthermore, with ANA’s reach to major cities in Japan, we expect to see growth of traffic from many corners of that country.”
An exact start date to the new route has not yet been announced.