This accelerated service will begin with the operation of a Boeing 777 aircraft and transition to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner later in 2012. ANA, the launch customer for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, chose Seattle to be one of the initial international destinations for the new jetliner.
The initial Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will have a 247 seat capacity, 85 in business, 162 economy. Upon its transition to a B787 service, total seat capacity will be 158 seats – 46 full-flat business class seats and 112 economy class seats.
ANA said it is positioning its new Tokyo-Seattle service to play a key role in its strategic initiatives of long-haul expansion as part of their 2012 business plans. In addition, the service is expected to connect passengers to convenient connections including Nagoya, Sapporo and Fukuoka in Japan as well as ANA's international network to cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Bangkok.