1 OCTOBER 2012
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If proof is needed that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is going to be a really great aircraft over the coming years, in spite of its well published problems, launch customer ANA has placed an order for another 11.
ANA currently has 55 Dreamliners on order, 13 of which have so far been delivered, and the new order today will take the fleet of this innovative and fuel-efficient airliner to 66 in total. All 11 extra aircraft will be the larger (280 seats two-class) long range B787-9 model and will be delivered between fiscal years 2018 and 2021. This will give ANA a fleet of 36 B787-8 aircraft and 30 B787-9 versions.
The airline’s future plans involve the gradual replacement of the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777-200 with the 787.
ANA's first 787 operation was in October last year. The aircraft is now flying eight domestic Japanese routes as well as Haneda – Frankfurt. The current Narita – Seattle service will switch to 787 operations from 1 October, and Haneda – Beijing from 28 October. www.ana.co.jp
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