) -- Japanese carrier
says it will begin flying the
787 Dreamliner to two U.S. airports by early 2013.
The flights from Tokyo to Seattle and San Jose are to start on an unspecified date in fiscal year 2012 (meaning before March 30, 2013).
"Seattle is an important international business hub and home to companies such as
and, of course, Boeing itself, while San Jose is in the heart of Silicon Valley," said CEO Shinichiro Ito, in a statement. "Passenger demand to fly to both destinations is high, not only from Japan but from many Asian cities."
Because of its fuel efficiency relative to competitive aircraft, the 787 becomes the first midsized aircraft capable of flying long-range routes to midsized cities, ANA said. Ito said the carrier will capitalize on its trans-Pacific joint venture with U.S. partners
Seattle and San Jose will be among the first U.S. cities to gain 787 service. Japanese carrier JAL has said it will fly the 787 between Tokyo and Boston starting April 22.
United will become the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of the 787 and says it will use the airplane on revenue service in 2012, but it has not identified the destinations.
United and predecessor Continental each ordered 25 Dreamliners before their merger. Continental had announced plans to fly the plane from Houston to Lagos, Nigeria, and Auckland, New Zealand, but has since put a 777 on the Nigeria route and delayed the start of the New Zealand route due to production delays.
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.
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