First 787 Dreamliner flight to be between Tokyo and Hong Kong

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The Independent Travel

Travelers who want to be the first to fly on Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner will be able to book a special package with Japanese airline ANA.

The carrier, which will be the first to receive the 787, announced July 25 that the first paid flight available for the public will be the short hop between Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong.

A package tour will be announced by ANA on a special minisite in the coming weeks and is believed to be scheduled for October, roughly a month after the aircraft is delivered to ANA.

For those who don't want to travel to Hong Kong, two special hour-long flights above Tokyo will be made available for members of ANA's Mileage Card loyalty program members to book. 

After the first flights, the 787 Dreamliner will enter regular domestic service in Japan, says ANA, either between Tokyo Haneda and Okayama or Tokyo Haneda and Hiroshima.

The new aircraft is the first to be built using composite materials and offers considerable environmental advantages, as well as a better pressurization of the cabin and more interior space to increase comfort for passengers.

Although ANA will be the first to fly it, other airlines also awaiting delivery in the near future include Air India, China Southern, Japan Airlines and Royal Air Maroc.