February 26 2020  |  Airline & Terminal News

ANA orders more 787s

By Jane Hobson

ANA HOLDINGS INC. (ANA) announced yesterday that it has plans to acquire up to 20 more 787s. The agreement with Boeing includes 11 787-10s, one 787-9 and options for five 787-9s valued at more than $5 billion at list prices. The Japanese carrier also plans to acquire three new 787-9 aircraft from Atlantis Aviation Corporation.

According to the February 25 press release from Boeing, “ANA sees the 787-10 as the perfect [aircraft] to replace previous domestic 777 models that are slated for retirement.”

Once the agreements are finalized, it will be ANA’s sixth order for the Dreamliner, bringing its overall 787 order to more than 100 aircraft. With this order, the airline will add 11 of the largest and most fuel-efficient 787-10s to its fleet. The aircraft operates on 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat compared to older models in its class.

"Boeing's 787s have served ANA with distinction, and we are proud to expand our fleet by adding more of these technologically-advanced aircraft," said Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA and ANA HD. "[It’s] a significant step forward for ANA as we work to make our entire fleet even more eco-friendly and further reduce noise output. 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.”

ANA became the global launch customer of the 787 in 2004, and is now the world’s largest 787 operator with 71 aircraft in its fleet and 12 more to be delivered prior to the latest agreement.

ANA is also in the launch customer group for Boeing’s new 777X.

"We are truly honored that ANA HD is coming back to order more 787 [aircraft] with plans to boost their fleet to more than 100," said Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing for The Boeing Company. "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."

Since the first 787 entered commercial service in 2011, the aircraft family has saved more than 48 billion pounds of fuel, according to the press release. In addition, the 787 noise footprint is 60 percent smaller than those of the airplanes it replaces.

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