After months of hectic negotiations, ANA seems to have finally made up its mind to place an order for 70 planes worth $16.6 billion at list prices. The order consists of 40 planes for Boeing and 30 for Airbus. The Boeing order consists of 20 777-9X, 14 787-9 and 6 777-300ER and 7 A320neo along with 23 A321neo.
The planes which will be delivered from 2016 to 2027 are aimed at replacing the existing A320/21, 737-500 and A320ceo. This is also the biggest buy in carrier’s history. Adding up to the previous total the ANA total orders for the 787 series now stands at 80.
With rapid modernization, both ANA and JAL are trying to capitalize on the growth in the Asian markets and putting Japan as a premier hub for US bound traffic from East Asian countries. For Airbus this is a sweet success after the JAL order which shows the popularity of its bread and butter A320 family and how the neo has managed to gain huge amount orders which is making Airbus ramp up its production rates and expand its assembly line in Tianjin. As for Boeing its still a leader in the wide-body segment but constant troubles with 787 may make the airlines re-think about possible orders in favor of the upcoming A350 series which is expected to give tough competition in this segment.