ANA’s Seattle-Tokyo Route Begins

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Fire trucks spraying rainbows of water Monday morning greeted the first All Nippon Airways 787 to land in commercial service at Sea-Tac Airport.

The Dreamliner took its passengers to a terminal gate and prepared for its afternoon departure back to Tokyo. The scheduled takeoff was delayed an hour-and-a-half for maintenance.

A number of airline, Boeing and Port of Seattle officials were on hand to celebrate daily service with the 787 on the Seattle-Tokyo route event.

ANA was Boeing’s launch customer for the new fuel-efficient widebody twinjet. The airline started the Seattle-Tokyo route in July, using a Boeing 777.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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