* ANA orders 20 Boeing 777X jets, part of $16.6 bln order
* Also orders 14 Dreamliners, 30 single-aisle Airbus jets
* Restores Boeing momentum after JAL defected to Airbus
* Boeing remains dominant in Japan medium, long-haul jets
(Rewrites with company comment, details of orders)
By Maki Shiraki and Ritsuko Ando
March 27 ANA Holdings Inc restored
Boeing Co's momentum in a Japanese market it has long
dominated by ordering 20 new generation 777X wide-body jets
after a stinging defection by Japan Airlines Co last
year to rival Airbus Group NV.
Japan's largest carrier announced an order for 70 jets worth
1.7 trillion yen ($16.62 billion) at list prices and its biggest
order ever, to replace aging planes while expanding its overseas
fleet by 30 aircraft. Nearly half the list value was for the 20
777-9X wide-body jets.
The order was closely watched as the dynamics in Japan's
aircraft market, strongly influenced by U.S.-Japan relations,
shifted after a bailout of Japan Airlines under a previous
government now in opposition.
Japan Airlines last October announced an order of 31
wide-body A350 aircraft worth $9.5 billion at list prices, with
the first aircraft due for delivery in 2019. It also has options
for another 25 of the A350 jets.
Japan Airlines President Yoshiharu Ueki said delivery
schedules played a big part in the landmark order for Airbus.
ANA will not take delivery of its first 777X jets until 2021.
"Of course we looked at performance and quality, but we also
looked at the economics and when the aircraft would be
available," ANA Holdings President Shinichiro Ito told a news
Also hanging over the latest jumbo order decisions were
difficulties with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, which has been dogged
by battery problems.
ANA, the launch buyer and world's biggest owner of the 787,
suffered millions of dollars of losses as a result of battery
problems with the airliner, which was grounded by regulators for
several months last year.
But ANA's latest order included 14 more 787 jets, as well as
six 777-300ER aircraft, the predecessor of the 777X. ANA also
ordered 30 single-aisle Airbus A320 and A321neo aircraft. It has
previously ordered the smaller Airbus jets.
Japan Airlines' decision to choose Airbus wide-body jets had
raised expectations that ANA might also break with its exclusive
use of Boeing jets for medium and long-haul flights.
But Boeing recaptured some momentum when the 777X was
launched with record orders at the Dubai Airshow in November.
The 777-9X, the larger of the jet's two variants, will carry 406
passengers, more than the Airbus A350-1000, and enter service in
2020. ANA said it expects deliveries in the 2021 to 2027
April-March financial years.
Boeing has traditionally held more than 80 percent of
Japan's commercial aviation market due largely to strong links
with Japanese suppliers and political ties between Tokyo and
($1 = 102.31 Japanese yen)
(Additional reporting by Siva Govindasamy in SINGAPORE; Editing
by Edmund Klamann, Jeremy Laurence and Matt Driskill)