All Nippon Airlines (ANA) has announced that its parent company the ANA Group has ordered an additional 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
The order, which Boeing values at $2.7 billion at current list prices, bring the total number of Boeing 787 widebodies ANA has ordered to 66 aircraft, among them 36 787-8s and 30 787-9s.
“The improved fuel efficiency and greater seating capacity of the 787-9 will provide ANA with added flexibility,” says Hideki Kunugi, head of aircraft purchasing & sales at ANA. “The new Dreamliners will also help support the profitable expansion of ANA’s international and domestic routes in the future.”
ANA, the launch customer for the Boeing 787, is Boeing’s largest airline customer for the Dreamliner.
The airline has announced plans to launch a new route from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to San Jose, California in January 2013 using the 787, while its current service between Narita and Seattle will switch to 787 operations on October 1 this. ANA’s Haneda-Beijing service will switch to the 787 on October 28.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is a slightly longer version of the 787-8 and will carry 250 to 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 kilometers).