FRANKFURT TheStreet) -- Mark the day -- Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. That's when the first commercial European flight by the Boeing ( BA) 787 will arrive in Frankfurt. ANA on Tuesday announced flight details. Pending regulatory approval, the Dreamliner flight between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Frankfurt will initially operate three days a week -- Monday, Thursday and Saturday -- with daily service to begin on Feb. 1.
ANA's 787-8 will have just 158 seats, with 46 in business class and 112 in economy class. Each of the business class seats will have aisle access and will recline into fully flat beds, while economy class will have "fixed back shell" seats that allow passengers to recline without disturbing those behind them. ANA said Dreamliner windows will be 30% larger than windows on the Boeing 767, overhead compartments will be the largest in the industry, and bathrooms will have toilet sets equipped with hot water washers. Also, cabin air pressure will be maintained at the equivalent of an altitude of 6,000 feet, rather than the equivalent of 8,000 feet used on existing aircraft. The Japanese carrier took delivery of its first plane last month, three years and four months late. It has scheduled a series of firsts for the aircraft. The first flight with paying passengers will be a special charter between Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong, scheduled for Oct. 26. The first scheduled service will occur Nov. 1, with four domestic flights -- a Haneda-Okayama round-trip followed by a Haneda-Hiroshima round-trip. Then comes service on the first international route, Haneda-Beijing in December, followed by the first long-haul international route, Haneda-Frankfurt. That flight will be operated as part of a joint venture with Star Alliance partner Lufthansa, assuring connecting traffic at both ends of the route. United Continental ( UAL), also a Star Alliance member, will be the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of a 787, with the first plane arriving in the second half of 2012. -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. >To contact the writer of this article, click here:
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