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.
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.
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.”
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.