All Nippon Airways’ parent company ANA Holdings is placing firm orders on the airline’s behalf for 70 new aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, Boeing emerging with the bulk of the business in terms of both aircraft numbers and dollar value.
The order, approved at a March 27 meeting of ANA Holdings’ board of directors, is the biggest in the airline’s history. It will support ANA’s drive to become one of the world’s leading airline groups, according to the company.
ANA has decided to purchase 20 Boeing 777-9X widebodies, each of which will have 15 per cent greater seating capacity than the 777-300ERs they will eventually replace.
In addition, ANA Holdings will purchase six additional new Boeing 777-300ER widebodies to support the expansion of ANA’s international services until the carrier has received enough of its Boeing 777-9X deliveries to replace its 777-300ER fleet.
ANA says it will also place additional orders for 14 Boeing 787-9 medium-sized widebodies. This will take its total fleet of Dreamliners to 80 aircraft, confirming ANA as the world’s biggest operator of the Boeing 787.
Boeing value its forthcoming order agreement with the Japanese airline at approximately $13 billion at list prices. The manufacturer says it looks forward to working with ANA on finalizing the agreement, at which time the orders will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
The airline’s order with Airbus consists of 30 Airbus A320neo-family single-aisle jets ‒ seven A320neos and 23 A321neos, which will replace ANA’s existing Boeing 737-500 and Airbus A320 aircraft.
ANA says it will primarily operate its new Boeing aircraft on international routes, while it will operate its new Airbus aircraft both on domestic routes and regional international routes.
Deliveries of ANA’s new jets will begin in the airline’s 2016 financial year and will continue through until its 2027 financial year. The new deliveries will increase the size of the ANA fleet to 250 aircraft, according to the airline.
“The aircraft we have selected will enable us to modernize and expand our fleet further as we seek to become one of the world’s leading airline groups,” says Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO of ANA Holdings. “These new aircraft will give us maximum flexibility and improved fuel-efficiency and will allow us to meet the growth in demand, both internationally and in our domestic Japanese market.”
ANA Group says introduction of these new aircraft will help it respond to the needs of the increasing number of passengers expected to arrive in Japan in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and will support the Japanese government’s plans to boost the annual total of foreign visitors to Japan to 20 million.
Airbus notes that Japan today ranks as the world’s sixth-largest airliner market in terms of the number of aircraft of more than 100 seats that it has in service. Five cities in Japan have more than a million air passengers per month, underlining how critical air travel is to the country’s transport infrastructure.
Including ANA’s new A320neo-family order, all members of Airbus’ latest aircraft families ‒ A320neo and A320ceo, A330, A350 XWB and A380 ‒ have been purchased by Japanese airline customers, the manufacturer says.
The entire new-production Airbus commercial-aircraft family will be operated by Japanese airlines by 2020, according to the manufacturer.