All Nippon Airways 787. Courtesy, Boeing

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is scheduled to fly its first Boeing 787 passenger service Oct. 26.

Flight NH7871, a special charter, is expected to take off from Narita Airport at 12:20 local time. The 4 hr. 30 min. flight to Hong Kong will carry mainly international media, ANA and Boeing executives and VIP guests. The aircraft's 100 economy seats were sold to the public as a package that includes a one-night hotel stay in Hong Kong; six business-class seats were also put up for a charity auction sale.

ANA took delivery of its first 787 in late September (ATW Daily News, Sept. 27).

ANA president and CEO Shinichiro Ito will begin a day-long set of ceremonies Wednesday with a media briefing at Narita ahead of a Japanese traditional Kagami-wari ceremony before the inaugural flight.

The first scheduled domestic 787 service will be a Haneda-Okayama route beginning Nov. 1, with a Haneda-Hiroshima flight also departing later that day.

The first scheduled 787 international service will be the Haneda-Beijing route that begins in December. A new ANA route—Haneda to Frankfurt—begins in January and will mark the 787's first long-haul international service.