ANA Holdings, the parent company of All Nippon Airways (ANA), placed a firm order for 12 Boeing 787s (including 11 787-10s and one 787-9) and option for five 787-9 Dreamliners. The deal, worth over $5 billion at list prices, is the first commercial passenger aircraft order which Boeing has landed (and announced) in over a month. 

All Nippon Airways currently operates a fleet of over 70 Boeing Dreamliners, of all three 787 versions available: the -8, -9, and -10. In addition to the firm order for 12 787s and five options, the carrier also plans to add three extra 787-9s from Atlantis Aviation Corporation, an aircraft leasing company,  according to Boeing. 

Interestingly, ANA’s new Dreamliners would be powered by GE's GEnx-1B engines ‒ in contrast to another engine option available for Dreamliner, the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000. The Rolls-Royce engine powers ANA’s current Dreamliner fleet. 

While the 787-10 type is far less prominent in ANA’s fleet than the smaller Dreamliner variants (the operator has only two 787-10 aircraft versus 36 and 38 787-8s and 787-9s, respectively), the newly ordered 10s are seen as a replacement for some older Boeing 777s. Currently, the carrier has 55 Triple Sevens of both the 777-200 and 777-300 types. Since 2014, ANA Holdings also has an unfilled order for 20 777Xs. 

ANA Holding’s order comes at a crucial time for the U.S. planemaker. Caught in the 737 MAX crisis, Boeing posted no aircraft orders in January 2020 ‒ for the first time since January 1962. While earlier in February 2020 Boeing did announce another order for three 737-800 BCFs, ordered by aircraft leasing company BBAM, ANA’s purchase is the first officially announced commercial passenger aircraft order from Boeing since December 2019. 

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Caught in the 737 MAX crisis, Boeing posted no aircraft orders in January 2020. The underachievement comes for the first time since January 1962. Its competitor Airbus recorded 273 orders for commercial aircraft over the same period.