ANA expands fleet for Olympic passenger boost

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ANA expands fleet for Olympic passenger boost

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Japan’s ANA has ordered 70 new planes in anticipation of a big rise in the number of travellers to the country surrounding the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Boeing gets the lion’s share – 40 aircraft – including 14 of its 787 Dreamliners. Airbus received 30 orders for A320 and A321s.

The planes, which are to be delivered between 2016 and 2027, will take ANA’s fleet to a total of 250.

This will be a relief to Boeing as the US planemaker last year lost a major order from Japan Airlines (JAL) to its European rival Airbus.

The Japanese government is hoping to increase the total of foreign visitors to Japan to 20 million a year in the run up to the Olympics.

JAL’s multi-billion dollar order of long-haul jets from Airbus rather than Boeing, announced in October, was a break from decades of tradition.

Boeing holds more than 80 percent of Japan’s commercial aviation market thanks to strong links with Japanese suppliers and political ties between Tokyo and Washington.

Delays to the 787 Dreamliner and subsequent groundings after its batteries overheated, however, have tarnished the company’s image.

with Reuters