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Friday, May 14, 2010

ANA Pilots Fly 787 Dreamliner

Pilots from launch airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) flew the Boeing 787 for the first time May 12, participating in a flight of two hours and 40 minutes over Washington state, Boeing said.

ANA pilots Capt. Masayuki Ishii, director of 787 pre-operations planning, and Capt. Masami Tsukamoto, manager of 787 pre-operations pilots, were joined on board by Capt. Mike Carriker, Boeing 787 chief test pilot, Capt. Christine Walsh and Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program with Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The flight was conducted under a special airworthiness certificate granted by FAA.
The ANA pilots performed multiple takeoffs and landings as well as other maneuvers. They also gained experience with other flight-deck features, including larger display screens, dual head-up displays and dual electronic flight bags, Boeing said.

Ishii and Tsukamoto are rated as Boeing 777 pilots. Boeing says it will take as little as five days of training for 777 pilots to qualify on the 787.

ANA, which has ordered 55 787s, is scheduled to take the first delivery in the fourth quarter.

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