This time, the weather gods got it right. While grey skies and rain loomed over the handover ceremony in Seattle, Wash., of the first Boeing 787 to All Nippon Airways (ANA), the sun shone and the skies were blue for the inaugural commercial passenger service. Flight NH 7871, a special charter, took off from Tokyo Narita Oct. 26 and landed at Hong Kong after a 4 hr. and 10 min. flight, with celebrations at both airports to mark the occasion. For ANA, it had been a long wait – ...

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