ANA - All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda) is looking to put its first domestic-configured B787-10 into commercial service in early March, according to ANA Holdings Chief Financial Officer Kimihiro Nakahori.

As reported by Aviation Wire, the CFO said the type's service entry has been delayed because Boeing is late delivering the aircraft.

The airline expects to receive its first two of the type in February and two more in March. He says the first should start operating on routes such as Tokyo Haneda - Fukuoka by early March. ANA is already familiar with the B787-10, with three in operation both domestically as well as to regional Asian destinations. In addition to the four expected shortly, a further seven are on order.

An ANA spokesperson told ch-aviation that the first four domestic configured B787-10s (in order of delivery) are JA983A (msn 66997), JA981A (msn 66995), JA984A (msn 66998), and JA982A (msn 66996).

ANA/Air Japan's existing B787-10s seat 294 passengers across three cabin classes while the incoming aircraft will seat 429 passengers in two cabin classes. ANA will use the B787-10s to start replacing its remaining B777-200ERs, which seat 405 passengers, also in two cabin classes. The additional seats in the B787-10s and improved fuel efficiencies are tipped to materially improve ANA's financial return on the routes onto which they will be deployed.