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Ana Holdings: commitment of up to 20 B-787 aircraft

It plans to acquire 11 Dreamliner /10, four 9 and options for another five units

Ana plans to use the model to replace some B-777s on domestic routes

Boeing and ANA HOLDINGS announced the Japanese airline group today decided to acquire up to 20 more B-787 Dreamliner airplanes. The agreement with the company includes 11 B-787/10s, one /9 and options for five /9s valued at more than $5 billion at list prices. The airline also plans to acquire three new /9 airplanes from Atlantis Aviation Corporation.

Once the agreements are finalized, it will be ANA's sixth order for the Dreamliner and bring their overall 787 order book to more than 100 units.

With this order, the carrier will add 11 of the largest and most fuel-efficient Dreamliner models, the 787/10 to its fleet. The model B-787/10 entered service in 2018.

The carrier sees the 787/10 as the suitable airplane to replace previous domestic 777 models that are slated for retirement.

ANA became the global launch customer of the Dreamliner when it placed its initial order in 2004. Since then, like half of all Dreamliner operators, the Japanese carrier has placed follow-on orders. However, ANA is in a class by itself as the world's biggest 787 operator with 71 airplanes in its fleet and 12 more to be delivered prior to the latest agreement. The new deal will bring the 11 additional 787/10 airplanes, one /9 and options for five more /9 jets.

ANA is also in the launch customer group for Boeing's new 777X.

ANA HD's new 787 jets will be powered by GE's GEnx-1B engines.

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