The voyage together

Normally this journal is an opportunity for me to share my thoughts with you. But to mark the anniversary of the start of 787 revenue service one year ago today (Tokyo to Hong Kong), we received a letter from Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO of ANA, that really says it all. Here’s some of what he told us:

“As I said at the launch event last year, I believe that a true partnership will flourish only through enduring difficult times and overcoming obstacles—and doing so together.

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ANA president and CEO Shinichiro Ito with the ceremonial key to his first 787.

You and I, Boeing and ANA, have achieved this kind of partnership despite the fact that we come from different cultures and speak different languages. We have successfully forged a bond through our passion of flying, our ability to inspire creativity in one another, and our desire to produce excellence.

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The first Dreamliner revenue flight, ANA Flight 7871, takes off from Tokyo on its way to Hong Kong on October 26, 2011.

We are truly proud of all that we have accomplished together, and move forward confidently as we embark on a journey to establish ourselves as a global entity.

For this Team Boeing, we can’t thank you enough.

Our voyage together has just started. We will inevitably experience turbulences and some stormy weather. That’s just the nature of the game, though.

Working together, we are ready to fill the skies with this superb aircraft.”

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A large crowd gathered at Tokyo-Narita International Airport to cheer ANA’s 787 first ever revenue flight in October 2011.

Speaking for the entire Boeing team, Ito-san, we feel the same way and gladly pledge our ongoing support and more importantly— friendship— to you and all the men and women of ANA. Congratulations on flying our dream.

Comments (4)

Richard M:

Difficult times and overcoming obstacles are key issues for all Airlines. Many large airlines existed for decades but are now extinct. After extinction they are soon forgotten. Many people have forgotten that there once was another airline called ANA - Australian National Airlines (not to be confused with All Nippon Airlines) was Australia's main airline from 1936 to 1957. Then it was taken over by Australian aviation pioneer Reg Ansett and became ANA-Ansett, then renamed to Ansett Airlines in 1968, which ceased in 2002.

Difficult times and overcoming disasters are also key issues for Japan and America. The triumphant photo of Ito-san and his message that even though geography has made us all speak, eat, work, play, and communicate differently, our passion for the Miracle of flight has the potential to triumph over adversity by designing, making and flying game-changing aeroplanes to unite the world !

Our harmony beats our variety. We can all be friends.

Best wishes to inspiring Ito-san, team All Nippon Airlines and your Boeing buddies - keep your seat belts fastened !

Wing your way with ANA.

World peace through world trade. Especially free trade. Not so-called "fair" or bilateralized trade but, if need be, unilateral free trade — and why not?

p.s. Please don't fill the skies with aircraft: Leave some space for birds, spacecraft, kites, UFOs, etc! :)

Chao Ma (Saint Louis, MO):

"You and I, Boeing and ANA, have achieved this kind of partnership despite the fact that we come from different cultures and speak different languages. We have successfully forged a bond through our passion of flying, our ability to inspire creativity in one another, and our desire to produce excellence." I love this. This is AMAZING!!! This is why Boeing is the best global company ever. Make everyone's dream of flying come true!

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

These kinds of relationships like that between Boeing and ANA and other airlines are the ones that last and are the ones that close deals for new planes and new types in the future. I have no doubt ANA will consider aircraft like the 787-10X and 777-9X if launched in the future.

Freddy Hagens (Everett, WA):

Great to hear this kind of news from ANA after one year of 787s in service. This airplane being so much more fuel efficient than anything else in it's class is truly revolutionary.

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