Ben Sandilands January 1, 2016 13 Comments
Updated There are reports abroad, of which this in AirInsight is the best, that All Nippon Airways is buying three Airbus A380s.
Ben Sandilands July 10, 2015 7 Comments
Australian Business Traveller has called the return of All Nippon Airways (ANA) to Australia from October, and it looks set to add to competitive pressures on Qantas to make sure its 787-9s are as generous in seat pitch and width as its full service competitors on the Japan routes.
Ben Sandilands April 21, 2013 15 Comments
Updated with Japan Transport Ministry statement on delayed return to service All Nippon Airways, the Boeing 787 launch customer, is refusing to restart passenger flights until it flies the jet 200 times on test runs with the new ‘super fire box’ fitted.
Ben Sandilands February 6, 2013 7 Comments
The semantic and technical differences between a fire and the smoking remains of lithium-ion battery located directly under a 787 cockpit are probably going to be lost on air travellers after the release of a disturbing image in Japan.
Ben Sandilands February 4, 2013 5 Comments
American Airlines puts its first 777-300ER into service, but unfortunately, not between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney.
Ben Sandilands February 1, 2013 7 Comments
The unofficially reported Boeing fix depends on how soon the NTSB will make a definitive finding as to the causes of the incidents, and whether the FAA approves it, and under what conditions, and as to how it will be certified as safe by the agency.
Ben Sandilands January 16, 2013 9 Comments
ANA knows more than any other airline about Boeing's Dreamliner 787s since it was first to fly them more than a year ago. This morning it grounded them for urgent inspections following a serious inflight emergency over Japan and other airlines are following suit.
Ben Sandilands July 23, 2012 7 Comments
(Updated with ANA explanation) A series of piecemeal reports and statements in the media in Japan say that the launch customer for the Dreamliner, ANA, has grounded five out of 11 of its current fleet of 787-8s. The reports point a finger at suspected faulty parts in its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, but leave a […]
Ben Sandilands February 17, 2012 6 Comments
How good is the Boeing 787 as a passenger experience? It is early days, but since there is no basis in physics for the experience of passengers in one Dreamliner jet to be different from those in many of them in terms of cabin pressure and humidity retention, this video from Scott McCartney of the […]
Ben Sandilands January 17, 2012 3 Comments
Hawaiian Airlines and All Nippon Airways have become even better ‘friends’. They have extended their trans north Pacific code share to include code sharing on their respective domestic flights, meaning within the Hawaiian state in the case of HA rather than mainland domestic flights. Why is this important here? Well, Virgin Australia is friends with […]
Ben Sandilands January 15, 2012 20 Comments
It is one thing for the media to witlessly parrot Boeing press releases about the super light weight benefits of 787 Dreamliner, which is incredibly late, heavy and disappointing in its stop/start limited release into production and introduction, but are the airlines really that stupid? The answer may be ‘Yes’, and in the case of […]
Ben Sandilands November 8, 2011
There are always glitches when a new type of airliner enters service, and All Nippon’s long delayed phasing in of the world’s first Boeing 787-8s to enter service has just experienced a landing gear problem. If anything, the incident ought to build confidence in the Dreamliner, in that the problem was easily resolved, and would […]
Ben Sandilands September 27, 2011 6 Comments
Ceremonies over, the first Dreamliner to actually get delivered to an airline is about to leave Everett 40 months late and so heavy it is useless for long range flights. Instead the 787-8 will enter for short haul service with launch customer All Nippon Airways on 1 November, with daily flights between Tokyo Haneda and […]
Ben Sandilands August 8, 2011 6 Comments
Boeing and All Nippon Airways have shown off the first passenger 787-8 Dreamliner, which is being readied for delivery by the end of next month and entry into service soon after. The really outstanding feature of the ANA jet from a traveller point of view is the use of eight across seating in economy, something […]
Ben Sandilands July 11, 2011
If the news in Australia was less intense more attention would have been accorded the service ready validation tests a Boeing 787-8 (ZA002) is flying for All Nippon Airways on its domestic routes. A detailed report on this by Daniel Tsang appears on Aspire Aviation. Tsang reports that while a 787-10X payload/range trade is being […]
Ben Sandilands November 14, 2009
All Nippon has revealed its new premium and economy cabins and given the quality end of the air travel spectrum a big jolt. How about bidets in the bathrooms for the first and business class cabins? Which it claims as a world first. Will this cause Emirates to also install bidets in its twin shower/spa […]