All Nippon Airways (ANA) have announced with Boeing that they are to order up to 20 additional Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The order is broken down as follows:
- 11 Boeing 787-10
- Four Boeing 787-9
- Five options to be defined (if taken)
In addition to the order, ANA also plans to acquire three new 787-9 aircraft from Atlantis Aviation Corporation.
The order is valued at US$5 billion at list prices (and we all know how often airlines and lessors buy aircraft at that price).
Once the agreement is finalised and placed, it will be airlines sixth order for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family (which ANA was the launch customer… and I flew in 2012).
It will also bring ANA’s fleet to over 100 Dreamliners. Currently, ANA operates all three variations of the Boeing 787 (the -8, -9 and -10). The 787-10s are currently seen as a replacement for the domestic Boeing 777 aircraft that are set for retirement. The airline currently operates 71 of the type – making it the largest Boeing 787 operator in the world.
Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA and ANA Holdings said
“Boeing’s 787s have served ANA with distinction, and we are proud to expand our fleet by adding more of these technologically-advanced aircraft,”
“These planes represent a significant step forward for ANA as we work to make our entire fleet even more eco-friendly and further reduce noise output.”
In regards to the domestic 777 replacement, he added
“Introducing the 787-10 on our domestic routes will help ANA Group maintain its leadership role and improve our ability to operate as a responsible corporate citizen,”
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company said
“ANA has grown into one of the leading airline groups in Asia by continually raising the bar for customer satisfaction and investing in the most technologically-advanced and capable fleet. We are truly honored that ANA HD is coming back to order more 787 planes with plans to boost their Dreamliner fleet to more than 100 jets,”
“We are confident that the unique capabilities of the 787-10 will continue to safely serve its passengers with best-in-class comfort and reliability.”
Sticking with the Dreamliner.
ANA has been a long-time user of Boeing aircraft in both its domestic and international fleet (who can forget the domestic Boeing 747s ANA used to run?), with Airbus only making an appearance in recent year (remember, ANA has three A380s in its long haul fleet, exclusively operating between Tokyo and Hawaii).
Whilst the order is a follow-on order, it’s a confidence vote in by the airline that Boeing can deliver the aircraft it needs to advance its fleet and network.
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