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ANA Expands Its Fleet to Over 100 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

ANA Expands Its Fleet to Over 100 Boeing 787 Dreamliners
Joe Cortez

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) is adding even more Boeing 787 Dreamliners to their fleet, making them the largest Dreamliner operator in the world once the order is fulfilled. In a press release, the carrier confirmed the order for 20 more airframes, to be delivered between 2022 and 2025.

Dream a little Dreamliner for ANA

The order calls for nine 787-9 variants and 11 787-10 variants, all to be delivered under different timelines. While the 787-10 orders are firm, ANA is submitting four firm orders for 787-9 aircraft, with an option for five more.

The airline selected the 787 Dreamliners to replace current Boeing 777 airframes in current domestic service for their fuel efficiency and environmental advantages. Because the Dreamliners are built with a composite body, they have 25 percent better fuel efficiency compared to their in-class widebody counterparts. Moving to the 787s also reduces noise pollution, allowing them to operate quieter than the 777s.

“Boeing’s 787s have served ANA with distinction, and we are proud to expand our fleet by adding more of these technologically advanced aircraft,” Yutaka Ito, executive vice president of ANA, said in the press release. “Introducing the 787-10 on the domestic routes will help ANA Group maintain its leadership role and improve our ability to operate as a responsible corporate citizen.”

The moves comes as ANA looks to balance fuel efficiency and environmental concerns with luxury for premium cabin flyers. The airline will also add Sony noise-canceling headphones to first-class cabins flying from Tokyo to popular destinations, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York.

A boon for Boeing

The order is a major victory for Boeing, who has been caught up in damage control as the 737 MAX airframes continue to be grounded. The Chicago Tribune reports debris was discovered in the fuel tanks of 35 grounded jets, out of 50 inspected. In addition, Investor’s Business Daily reports the Federal Aviation Administration ordered a full inspection of engine linings on the troubled aircraft to prevent “potential for a common-cause failure on both engines.”

If ANA orders all 20 Dreamliners, they would have a total fleet of 103 787s by 2025. These also have the distinction of being the first featuring GE powerplants.

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