ANA orders Boeing 737 MAX, more Airbus A320neo

An ANA Boeing 737-800. Photo: © contri

Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), has disclosed an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX jets and 18 Airbus A320neo.

Specifically, ANA has placed a firm order for 20 737 MAX aircraft and holds options for another 10 of the type. It is the first Japanese airline to order Boeing’s latest generation of the 737. The MAX jets will be operated by ANA directly, while 18 ordered A320neo aircraft are destined for its low-cost subsidiary Peach. The exact variant of the 737 MAX has not been disclosed yet, although it is likely ANA has ordered the most popular MAX 8 version.

In a statement, ANA says that both aircraft types were chosen as the most ideal fit to the airline’s respective fleets and that the order was not politically motivated, despite pressure from the governments of Japan and the United States. The deal with Boeing is worth US$2.3 billion and the Airbus order US$2 billion, this is subject to usual discounts. Deliveries will run from 2021 through 2025.

ANA already operates several A320neo family aircraft itself and has more on order, alongside A320ceo and Boeing 737 ‘Next Generation’ (-700/-800) aircraft. The new order for 737 MAX means that the airline will continue its policy of operating narrow body aircraft made by both major manufacturers.

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