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ANA has firmed up two sizeable aircraft orders – one for 30 Airbus A320neo jets, and the other for 40 twin-aisle Boeing planes worth a staggering $13 billion at list prices.
Comprised of 20 Boeing 777-9Xs, 14 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and six Boeing 777-300ERs, the airline plans to use the Boeing jets, along with the A320neos, on both domestic and international flights.
"These new aircraft will give us maximum flexibility and improved fuel efficiency, and will allow us to meet the growth in demand,” said ANA’s President and CEO Shinichiro Ito.
The launch customer of the Boeing 787-8, ANA is set to control the world's largest Dreamliner fleet with a total of 80 airplanes ordered.
With 29 Boeing 787s already in operation and 51 more on the way – including 43 787-9s – ANA is set to beat Air New Zealand to the punch for the world's first commercial Boeing 787-9 flight.
Air New Zealand, launch customer of the Boeing 787-9, had planned to debut its shiny new Dreamliner between Auckland and Sydney on August 9.
Instead, ANA will start flying the bird domestically within Japan from August 7, with flights to Fukuoka, Osaka (Itimi) and Matsuyama from Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
ANA's order follows Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker's shopping spree for up to 100 Boeing 777-9X jets, and Emirates' firm order for 150 Boeing 777Xs – split between 115 of the 777-9X variant and 35 of the more compact 777-8X – worth a staggering US$56 billion at list prices.
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