Number one crew

We recently accomplished another meaningful milestone in the lead up to 787 first delivery. The first pilots from launch customer ANA have completed training at the Seattle Flight Services campus.


Thumbs up from part of the ANA team before departure on ZA001. From left to right: Bottom row, Kohei Sambai, ground coordinator, Flight Training, ANA; Capt. Masayuki Ishii, 777 captain, director 787 Pre-Operations Planning, 787 Flight Training, ANA; Capt. Yasuharu Otsuka, 777 captain, instructor, project pilot 787 Flight Training, ANA; Top row, Capt. Masami Tsukamoto, 777 captain, manager 787 Pre-Operations Planning, 787 Flight Training, ANA; Capt. Mitsuo Nishida, 777 captain, check pilot, instructor, 777 Flight Training, ANA.

There are a couple of very cool things about this. First, it means that these 10 pilots - senior ANA training pilots and check airmen - now go back to Japan and ANA to conduct simulator and airplane line training for more flight crews. These trailblazing pilots will also be the first to captain 787 commercial flights for ANA.

The other significant point is that at the conclusion of their training in Seattle, each of the pilots in turn took the left seat on the 787 airplane ZA001 in maneuvers over Washington state - flights that our Boeing instructors tell me went extremely well and really validated how effective our training and simulators are at replicating the actual flying experience.

So I wanted to congratulate these initial - and now JCAB-qualified - pilots. They are proudly ANA’s “number one crew” as we get closer to delivering the Dreamliner to our first customer.

Comments (4)

Nikolay Klimchuk (NJ):

Wow, congratulations to the crew!
Lucky ones indeed!

Sam (Denver, Co):

Did these pilots do live takeoffs and landings? Did they do any under adverse conditions? This is really fascinating.


Randy Tinseth:

Our Boeing pilot instructors who were on the flights tell me that yes, they did live takeoffs and landings, but those were touch-and-go landings and takeoffs. The ANA pilots didn't do full-stop landings or initial takeoffs. There was some rain during the afternoon for some of the flying but no adverse conditions, either weather or mechanical. Airplane landings with adverse weather and system failures were, of course, thoroughly practiced in the simulator.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, California, United States ):

There must be no feeling like being the first pilots of the first airline to fly the 787, they know it is not just a new plane, it it the first of a new generation of airliners.

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