Sharing the dream

Earlier this week, ANA became the first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9. The airline took 80 children from Japan and the U.S. on the inaugural flight of its 787-9 Dreamliner.

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ANA’s 787-8 is seen from under the wing of its larger sibling, the 787-9. Michael Goldberg photo.

The airplane pushed back from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport for a two-hour flight, soaring above Tokyo and Mount Fuji, then making its way across Japan as far as the ancient capital of Kyoto before returning to Haneda.

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Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, give a high 5 to children as they board ANA’s 787-9 for its inaugural flight. Next to her are (left to right) George Maffeo, Boeing Japan president; Yoji Ohashi, ANA Holdings chairman; and Shinichiro Ito, ANA chairman. Chris Jue photo.

ANA invited children from Haneda Elementary School in Tokyo and U.S. children living in Japan to share the dream of flight and make new friends on its brand new airplane.

During the event attended by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the chairman of ANA, Shinichiro Ito, had this message for the children. “Have the courage to challenge yourself, for the world is your stage.”

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U.S. and Japanese children gather alongside ANA’s first 787-9 in Tokyo. Chris Jue photo.

It’s great to see young people get excited about aviation, and we thank ANA for showing off their Dreamliner to the next generation.

Comments (2)

Susan Haskins (Puget Sound, WA):

How wonderful to see the continued interactions of Japanese and American children. In the summers of 1975 & 1976, a Japanese girl spent a month on our farm in Michigan and I spent a month with her family in Yokohama the next. This was arranged with the Japanese program called Labo and the US 4-H organization.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

Congrats on Boeing and ANA on the 787-9s inaugural service. I hope they order the 787-10.

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