ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo), through the ANA Group, has placed orders for eleven additional Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. ANA currently has 55 Dreamliners on order, thirteen of which have been delivered so far. The new order will take ANA’s fleet of this innovative and fuel-efficient airliner to 66. All eleven aircraft will be the 787-9 model and will be delivered between fiscal year 2018 and 2021. This will give ANA a fleet of 36 Boeing 787-8 aircraft and 30 787-9 versions.
ANA’s future fleet plans involve the gradual replacement of the Boeing 767-300 and Boeing 777-200 fleet with the 787. The fuel efficiency of the 787-9 is similar to that of the 787-8, while it has greater seat capacity, helping support the profitable expansion of ANA’s international and domestic route networks.
ANA is the launch customer for the Dreamliner and started its first 787 operation in October 2011. The aircraft is now flying eight domestic Japanese routes as well as Tokyo (Haneda) – Frankfurt. ANA also plans to launch a new route from Tokyo (Narita) to San Jose, California starting in January 2013 using the 787-8, while the current Tokyo (Narita) – Seattle/Tacoma service will switch to 787 operations from October 1, 2012 and Tokyo (Haneda) – Beijing to the 787 from October 28, 2012.
In other news, the airline is holding a design contest for a new 60th Anniversary logojet design to be painted on a Boeing 767-300. The winning design will be announced on October 9.
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing has dropped the long-standing customer designation codes with the 787. 787-8 JA813A (msn 34521) arrives back at Paine Field near Everett, WA.
Video: The Marine Jumbo painted on Boeing 747-481 JA8963 (msn 25647) introduced in 1993 was probably the most famous ANA logojet.