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Sunday, April 22, 2012

JAL first 787 flight to Boston took off!

Japan Airlines (JAL) inaugural 787 flight to Boston finally took off at 11:46 JST today. The inaugural flight, JL008, is operated with JA822J, the 2nd 787 JAL received, and is completely sold out. The current estimated arrival time is 11:33 EDT, 13 minutes behind schedule but is still considered as on-time according industry standard.
JAL held a launch ceremony at gate 70J at Narita before boarding. JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki and the flight captain Ogawa on behalf of the 4 pilots of 9 cabin attendants welcome everyone onboard. After the ribbon cutting, passengers were then bused to the JAL 787 where JAL staffs were waiting for them with banners to welcome them onboard. 

GE Aviation, the manufacturer of JAL 787's GEnx engines, has posted quite a few pictures of today's inaugural flight on its twitter page. And JAL has some cool behind the scene pictures posted on its official Facebook page too. Below are the links to the photos.




According to the photos, all 4 pilots are wearing JAL captain uniforms with 4 gold stripes. You can see how important this flight is to JAL :) You don't see 4 captains on the same flight very often :D Below is the speech made by captain Ogawa posted by GE Aviation


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