ANA commits to Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Japanese carrier plans to acquire 11 787-10 airplanes, four 787-9s jet and five options

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Boeing and ANA Holdings announced the Japanese airline group has decided to acquire up to 20 additional 787 Dreamliner airplanes. The agreement with Boeing includes 11 787-10s, one 787-9 and options for five 787-9s valued at more than US$5 billion at list prices. The airline also plans to acquire three new 787-9 airplanes from Atlantis Aviation Corporation. Once the agreements are finalised, it will be ANA’s sixth order for the Dreamliner and bring their overall 787 order book to more than 100 airplanes.

“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 Holdings. “These planes represent a significant step forward for ANA as we work to make our entire fleet even more eco-friendly and further reduce noise output.”

ANA became the global launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner when it placed its initial order in 2004. ANA is also in the launch customer group for Boeing’s new 777X. ANA’s new 787 jets will be powered by GE’s GEnx-1B engines.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Singapore. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.

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