Images and a video clip from the Oct 26 first commercial flight of ANA's Boeing 787 from Narita, Japan to Hong Kong.
Early in the morning JA801A awaits its first day of duty at Narita (all photos and video Guy Norris)
NH7871 to Hong Kong appears on the departure information display
For good luck ANA, airport and Boeing officials breached a casket of Japanese sake – a traditional ceremony known as the Kagami-war. ANA cabin staff dispensed the drink to the guests before departure.
Enthusiastic ANA staff saluted our departure.
..and just in case there were any lingering doubts over the make of the aircraft making today’s historic flight..
Sister aircraft JA802A will soon be earning its keep for ANA which expects to have seven 787s in service by year end and 11 by March 2012.
Take off was an exceptionally quiet event in the cabin, as this video indicates.
The high bypass ratio Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 seems particularly large on the 787’s relatively slender, narrow-chord wing.
Mount Fuji, without its familiar cloak of snow, slides below the right wing.
Cabin staff dazzle the media and other passengers with the 787’s advanced lighting effects.
Route of NH7871. Although originally expected to take us closer to Xiamen on the Chinese mainland, the flight ended up overflying Taiwan en route to Hong Kong.
Water canon salute at Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport.
One of a pair of Chinese ceremonial dragons forming the reception committee at Hong Kong.