ANA Holdings has voted today at its board meeting to place an order for 48 narrow-body aircraft – which include 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 18 Airbus A320neo and are set to be delivered from FY2021 to FY2025.
The decision it said was based on the economic growth of Asia and emerging countries, with demand in the Asian aviation market and inbound demand on the rise. The aircraft will be used for All Nippon Airways (ANA) and low-cost arm Peach.
A statement said: “ANA HD and Peach Aviation Limited each selected its own optimum aircraft to fit its strategy to further grow. The specific markets that will be served by the new order have not been finalised.
“Boeing 737 MAX 8, a first for a Japanese airline, is more spacious compared to the current aircraft and creates a comfortable atmosphere. The aircraft is also fuel efficient and is expected to improve the efficiency by approximately 15%.
“Given the plane’s benefits to the domestic market, it will succeed the current Boeing 737 NG series. ANA HD decided to place 30 aircraft on order, including 10 optional.
“The Airbus A320neo, which currently serves ANA international routes, was chosen for its excellent fuel efficiency and cruising performance to support Peach’s current strategy, and an order for 18 aircraft will be placed.”