June 19, 2012
All Nippon Airways announces model change for B787
ANA reported an adjustment to its order for Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The four B787-8 aircraft due to be delivered from fiscal year 2013 onwards will now be replaced by B787-9 aircraft. The decision to order more of the larger 787-9 variant will give ANA greater flexibility as it expands its international route network. The total number of aircraft on order or delivered counts 55, split between 36 B787-8 aircraft and 19 B787-9 aircraft. ANA is the launch customer for the Dreamliner and has so far taken delivery of seven of the 55 aircraft – 36 Boeing 787-8s and 19 Boeing 787-9s. The aircraft has entered service on domestic Japanese routes and Haneda-Frankfurt since last autumn. ANA plans to launch long-haul 787 services from Tokyo to Seattle and San Jose on the US West Coast in the current fiscal year.