ANA to order 45 Boeing 737s

All Nippon Airways is to replace its narrow body aircraft fleet, which currently comprises a mixture of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with Next-Generation Boeing 737s.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is to replace its narrow body aircraft fleet, which currently comprises Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with Next-Generation Boeing 737s. ANA is said to have selected the Boeing aircraft for reasons of efficiency and economy.

The decision will lead to the eventual replacement of the present ANA Group narrow body fleet of 52 aircraft, which is comprised of 25 Airbus A320s, two Boeing 737-400s and 25 737-500s operated by ANA and Air Nippon (ANK) with an estimated 45 Boeing 737s.

CFM56-7 engines manufactured by CFMI, a joint venture of General Electric and SNECMA of France, will power the new aircraft.

This streamlining of the ANA narrow body fleet into a single aircraft type is expected to begin in fiscal 2005, and the estimated 45 aircraft will result in savings of approximately 6 billion Yen per year ($50.6 million)

From fiscal years 2003 to 2005 ANA will modify its large wide body fleet by only operating Boeing 747-400s, 777-200s and 300s. ANA will also consolidate its medium sized aircraft fleet by operating the Boeing 767-300. ANA expects to save approximately 10 billion Yen per annum as a result of these measures.