ANA Holdings breaks Boeing’s dry spell, opts for 12 Dreamliners

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ANA Holdings (ALNPY) , 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 (ALNPY) 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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