ANA announces record $16.6b in aircraft orders

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) will spend a record JPY1.7 trillion (US$16.6 billion) on a series of new single- and twin-aisle aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing as it both renews and expands its fleet.


ANA announces record $16.6b in aircraft orders


Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) will spend a record JPY1.7 trillion (US$16.6 billion) on a series of new single- and twin-aisle aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing as it both renews and expands its fleet. To expand its long-haul international fleet, ANA has decided to purchase 20 B777-9X aircraft and 14 additional B787-9 Dreamliners.

It will also buy six more B777-300ER aircraft, to support its expansion efforts while waiting for the delivery of the new B777-X9s, which are not expected to enter service until after 2020. The order with Airbus consists of 30 singleaisle aircraft – seven A320neo and 23 A321neo aircraft – which will replace ANA’s existing B737-500 and standard A320 aircraft.

“The aircraft we have selected will enable us to modernise and expand our fleet further as we seek to become one of the world’s leading airline groups,” said Shinichiro Ito, president & CEO of ANA.

All the new aircraft will be delivered from 2016 to 2027 and will eventually increase the size of ANA’s fleet to 250 aircraft. At present, ANA – Japan’s biggest carrier in terms of fleet size and passenger traffic – has just over 200 aircraft. As well as retiring its older B737s and A320s, the airline will also phase out its B747-400s and B767s over the coming years. ANA was the launch customer of the B787 Dreamliner, and this latest order will increase its total commitment for the B787 series to 80 aircraft, making ANA the world’s biggest Dreamliner operator.