Japan’s ANA Holdings on March 27 said it will place firm orders for 70 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft, including the new Boeing 777-9X, additional 787 Dreamliners and new Airbus A320neos. ANA valued the order at $16.6 billion at list prices, the largest aircraft order in its history.
The parent company of All Nippon Airways said it will buy 20 new Boeing 777-9X widebodies and six further Boeing 777-300ERs, the latter to support its international route expansion until the 777X arrives. ANA, the original launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner in 2011, said it will order 14 further Boeing 787-9s, bringing its Dreamliner fleet to 80, the world’s largest.
Boeing valued its portion of the order at $13 billion. “ANA helped launch the 787 Dreamliner with Boeing, and we are honored to once again have ANA as an early customer of the 777X family of airplanes,” said Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. “We are very proud that they operate an all-Boeing widebody fleet.”
The new 777Xs will be powered by GE Aviation GE9X engines. With the six additional 777-300ERs, powered by GE90-115B engines, the value of the ANA order to GE is $2 billion at list prices. France’s Snecma and IHI Corporation of Japan are revenue-sharing participants in the GE90 program. “GE Aviation is pleased to play a role in ANA’s fleet expansion with our GE9X and GE90 engines,” said Bill Millhaem, GE’s general manager for both engine programs.
While ANA is primarily a Boeing operator, Airbus also made inroads with the order. As of January, ANA operated 16 Airbus A320s; it plans to replace these and its existing Boeing 737-500s with 30 A320/321neos. It will place the new narrowbodies into service on both international and domestic routes.
“We are extremely happy to give a new start to our already prosperous relationship with ANA and are delighted to welcome them as our first Neo customer in Japan,” said Stephane Ginoux, Airbus Japan president. In October, Airbus scored a regional victory when Japan Airlines, ANA’s domestic rival, placed an order for 31 A350XWB widebodies to replace its Boeing 777s.
As of January, ANA reported 236 total aircraft. It plans delivery of the new aircraft between Fiscal Years 2016 and 2027, increasing the overall size of its fleet to 250 aircraft. Introducing the new aircraft helps ANA ramp up for the increasing number of passengers expected to arrive in Japan before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the group said. The Japanese government also plans to increase the annual number of visitors to Japan to 20 million.
Shinichiro Ito, ANA Holdings president and CEO, said ANA aspires to become one of the world’s leading airline groups. “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,” he stated in the order announcement.
Also on March 27, Boeing and Japan Transocean Air (JTA) announced a $1.1 billion order for 12 737-800s. JTA, based in Naha, Okinawa, is a member of the Japan Airlines Group.