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Frontiers July 2014 Issue

Tokyo, according to the airline. Japan’s ANA (All Nippon Airways) already is well acquainted with the Dreamliner, as the airline was the launch customer for the 787-8. With its higher passenger capacity, ANA, like other airlines flying the 787-9, will use the model mostly on international routes. While the airline hasn’t released specific information about where it will fly, it will open new markets for ANA, according to Ryosei Nomura, ANA’s public relations manager. “We plan to utilize the 787-9 to launch new destinations and increase the frequency of long- and midhaul international services,” he said. Virgin Atlantic Airways, which has 16 787-9s on order and options for more, touts the environmental advantages of the new model compared with other airplane types of similar size. Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger said the stretched 787-9 will reduce fuel costs by 27 percent on the routes where it replaces the airline’s four-engine A340-300s. At this point, Virgin Atlantic plans to use the 787-9 on many of the airline’s existing routes from Heathrow, Gatwick and 26 Frontiers July 2014 The 787-9 is 20 feet, or 6 meters, longer than the 787-8 The 787-9 can accommodate 40 more passengers than the 787-8, depending on the cabin configuration An increased range of 450 nautical miles (520 miles, or 830 kilometers), compared with the 787-8 United’s first planned 787-9 route, the longest 787 route to date, is 6,790 nautical miles (7,927 miles; 12,757 kilometers), from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia 450


Frontiers July 2014 Issue
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