All Nippon Airways and Boeing have been finalising an order as we head towards the Farbough 22 season, with some minor changes to what they want to buy.
The group has announced it has reached an agreement with The Boeing Company to convert two orders for the Boeing 777-9 aircraft to Boeing 777-8F cargo aircraft and finalised its existing purchase agreement for 30 Boeing 737-8 aircraft.
The announcement reflects ANA HD’s plan to further expand its cargo business by securing large freighters and to replace the domestic fleet’s smaller planes with more fuel-efficient aircraft that will serve as the foundation for future growth.
The full breakdown is:
- 18 Boeing777-9
- 2 Beoing 777-8F
- 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8, with 10 options
The orders converted into freighters comes from ANA’s initial announcement of its 777X order in March 2014. The aircraft will be introduced into service on/after fiscal 2028.
Meanwhile, the group has finalised its agreement for the purchase of Boeing 737-8 aircraft (20 confirmed and 10 optional), which was previously announced on January 29, 2019. The introduction of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2025.
ANA intends to deploy the new aircraft on Japanese domestic routes,s replacing the Boeing 737-800 that are currently used on these routes. According to the airline, this will offer a more spacious and comfortable cabin with less noise than the existing model.
Settling the order
ANA has been busy adding to its fleet over the years. This time, its used the chance it got for purchasing additional aircraft in 2014 to tweak its network plans, as it allows the airline to add focus on cargo lift services (something that has been in heavy demand the past few years).
Currently, ANA Cargo features a mixture of four Boeing 767-300F, five Boeing 767-300BCG (Boeing Converted Freighter) and two Boeing 777F. The lift of the extra cargo aircraft should give the existing Boeing 777F a run for their money, as well as replace some of the 767 freighters the airline uses.
As for the 737 Order, 20 aircraft will replace just over half of their existing 737 fleets (with the airline operating 39 of the class currently).
It’ll be interesting to see if ANA takes up the option on the order as well as what else they order to replace the 737-800 fleet
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