Fan pays $32,700 for seat on first ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight

By David Flynn, October 3 2011
Fan pays $32,700 for seat on first ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight


A ticket for two seats on the inaugural flight of ANA's Boeing 787 Dreamliner has sold for a whopping A$32,700 on eBay.

The auction, organised by ANA and with the proceeds going to a Japanese environmental group, began one week ago at AU$1,826 but fierce bidding between four eBay members saw bids skyrocket past $10,000 and then eclipse $20,000 in the final days.

With ANA's first flight being a 3.5 hour journey between Japan's Narita airport and Hong Kong, on October 26, the winning bid of AU$32,700 equates to some $2,335 per hour of flying time per ticket.

If that sort of dosh is a bit out of your reach, you'll still have a chance to see the 787 close-up when it visits Sydney and Mebourne airports in November.


Australian Business Traveller has covered Boeing's 787 Dreamliner from plenty of angles this week as part of the next-gen jetliner's long-awaited debut for launch customer ANA.

Now here's your chance to go one better: to actually travel in the 787 on its inaugural flight between Japan's Narita airport and Hong Kong, leaving October 26 with an overnight stay in Hong Kong (at the Kowloon Shangri-la) and then flying back from Hong Kong on October 27.

ANA is offering two business-class seats on this special chartered flight through an eBay auction, with the proceeds going to "the environmental protection activities of Conservation International Japan", as a nod to "the environmentally-friendly Boeing 787."

The auction closes on October 4. You'll need to submit your contact and passport details to become a pre-approved bidder, and of course you'll need to make your own way to Japan.

Oh, and be prepared to bid like a demon: at the time of writing the pot was up to $6,600...

Also in AusBT's Boeing 787 Dreamliner coverage:


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


15 Apr 2011

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Grr you got me all excited by the title of this article on the homepage - "Win flights on ANA's first 787 flight!"

24 Oct 2010

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Ah, that's the old 'short title' left over from before this rich nutter enthusiastic traveller closed the auction at $32k!

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