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ANA opts for three-class and high density 787 configurations

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While the airline is still mum on its plans on where to deploy its first of 55 787-8s, All Nippon Airways plans to configure the new twin for both long and short-range missions.

Shuichi Fujimura, ANA senior vice president Europe Middle East and Africa and general manager, London, says that the long range configuration for international long haul will be configured with three classes of first, business and economy seating, similar to the airline's 777-300ERs.

The carrier initially planned a four-class configuration on its 777-300ERs with the introduction of new first, business, economy and premium seating, but was later forced to opt for three classes with Japanese seat-maker Koito under investigation for falsifying safety data.

Fujimura also says the carrier also plans a "condensed configuration" for the domestic Japanese market, a potential replacement for the short-range 787-3s ANA had 28 on order up until January.

Boeing vice president of marketing, Randy Tinseth, said in February that the 787-8 was more efficient than the 787-3 on routes over 200nm.

Fujimura declined to say how many passengers would be accommodated in either 787 configuration.

Additionally, Fujimora says the final decision on where the first 787s would fly, has yet to be decided. ANA has previously said that it first fly to a domestic destination starting at the beginning of 2011, later branching out to international destinations in Europe or North America in March.

Photo Credit Chris Heaton

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