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All Nippon Airways Reportedly to Order the Airbus A380

All Nippon Airways Reportedly to Order the Airbus A380

ANA is reportedly planning to order three Airbus A380s, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

» Airlines - W | Thursday, December 31, 2015 • Air News Times

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is reportedly planning to order three Airbus A380s, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Neither Airbus nor ANA have made any official announcement or confirmed the veracity of the report, which is expected to take place during the next week after holidays.

CGI Image of ANA’s Airbus A380 (Image Credits: Wings 900)

 

According to the report, ANA will take delivery of its first A380 during 2018, and that the carrier plans to deploy the fleet type on routes to Hawaii.

If confirmed, 2016 will be off to a positive start for the A380 program, which has experienced an order drought and cancellations from Japan’s Skymark Airlines and Russia’s Transaero due to financial difficulties. Also, the acquisition of the type is an interesting move by ANA, as it recently phased out all of its four-engine Boeing 747s and replaced them with new twin-engine, fuel-efficient aircraft.

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Being a primarily  Boeing Customer, ANA has a fleet of over 200 aircraft. Back in March 2014 the carrier announced firm orders for 70 new Airbus and Boeing planes. Airbus won the narrow-body battle with seven A320neo and 30 A321s (4 of the “ceo” type and 26 “neo”). On the other hand, Boeing took home the wide-body order. Nikkei Asian Review reports that ANA “indicated to Airbus the possibility of future orders in return for supporting the Japanese carrier’s turnaround plan [of Skymark] during an August vote among creditors.”

Last August, ANA won creditor backing on its plan to lead a turnaround of troubled Japanese budget carrier Skymark Airlines, defeating a proposal from Delta Air Lines. ANA, which offered to buy 16.5 percent stake in Skymark, won a majority of votes from the creditors, and ANA was granted access to Skymark’s 36 landing slots at Tokyo Haneda Airport.

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Three: A Small Order

Although the order seems to be modest, there is the possibility that ANA add some more A380s. The smallest A380 order has come from Air Austral, but plans have been apparently shelved. Should we disqualify orders from Air Austral and Transaero, China Southern currently holds the record for the smallest number of A380s ordered which is five.

Time will tell if ANA will actually become a Airbus A380 operator.

Developing Story.

 

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