All Nippon Airways 787. Courtesy, Boeing

All Nippon Airways (ANA), launch customer for the Boeing 787, announced that Seattle, Wash., and San Jose, Calif., will be the aircraft’s first US destinations from fiscal year 2012 (ATW Daily News, Oct. 28).

ANA Group President and CEO Shinichiro Ito said, “We will make full use of the efficiencies of the 787 as well as capitalizing on our close relationship with United and Continental Airlines to enhance the competitiveness of our joint ventures with these two Star Alliance partners.”

He said that Seattle is an “important international business hub” and passenger demand to fly to both destinations is high, not only from Japan but from many Asian cities. “The launch of these new services will make ANA the only Japanese airline to operate the two routes, as well as the only carrier to operate the Narita-San Jose route,” he said.

ANA said Tuesday that its third Dreamliner won't be delivered this month as scheduled because of a Boeing "productivity" issue. As a result, the carrier will push the launch of Tokyo Haneda (HND)-Beijing 787 service from this month to mid-January.

ANA launched 787 flights, beginning with a Tokyo-Hong Kong special charter, in October following a 40-month-delayed first delivery (ATW Daily News, Dec. 21).