A single entry in the first commercial flight of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has been purchased by more than $ 34,000 at a charity auction organized by ANA of Japan, the company said Tuesday.
The airline will auction six business class seats on the inaugural flight of the aircraft, leaving the Tokyo Narita Airport to Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Bidders raised the cost of the ticket on eBay to the equivalent of $ 34,000 – about 13 times the price of a normal business class seat for a flight between two cities.
ANA refused to disclose the identity of the winner, who will leave Tokyo at noon on Wednesday and return to the Japanese capital on Thursday.
The airline plans to donate the proceeds of the auctions to international environmental NGOs.
ANA also sold 100 seats in economy class for the flight in the form of a tour, including an overnight stay at a hotel in Hong Kong for 78.700 yen ($ 1,000) for each adult.
The discounted return ticket in economy class in Tokyo and Hong Kong route ANA in late October can be purchased at local travel agencies for around 45,000 yen.
The plane, Boeing 787 Dreamliner first to enter service, landed in Japan in late September, three years after originally promised to ANA.
The delivery came after a series of technical mishaps and delays have cost Boeing billions of dollars in lost or canceled orders and have seen him give way to fierce rival Airbus.
Boeing says that the construction of the Boeing 787 twin-aisle aircraft, part of lightweight composite materials, it means that fuel consumption 20 percent less than comparable aircraft, an attractive proposition for airlines face rising fuel costs.