Boeing 787 checks in at Sea-Tac

Boeing 787

Workers conduct a gate check of Boeing flight-test 787 Dreamliner ZA005 at the south satellite of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Monday, May 14, 2012.
Photo: Courtesy Don Wilson/Port Of Seattle / SL

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner quietly slipped into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Monday to test the airport’s readiness to serve the new airliner.

All Nippon Airways, the launch customer for the 787, announced in December that it will begin nonstop service from Narita airport to Seattle (and San Jose, Calif.) later this year. It will be the first U.S. service for an ANA 787.

Monday’s gate check tested all of the equipment that will serve the 787, including the jetway, electrical plug-ins and cargo loading, according to the airport’s Facebook page. The airplane spent about two hours at the airport.

One geeky note. The airplane that stopped at Sea-Tac — ZA005 — is one of two flight-test 787s with GEnx engines. ANA’s 787s have the other engine option, the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000.

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