All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced plans to purchase up to 15 additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners; ending Boeing’s 2020 order drought, which saw zero orders in January.

The agreement, worth over $5 billion at list prices, sees the airline take an additional 11 787-10s and four 787-9s, with three of the 787-9s being sourced from Atlantis Aviation Corporation. Once finalised the order will bring ANAs total 787 order book to 103 aircraft, since the initial order in 2004.

“Boeing’s 787s have served ANA with distinction, and we are proud to expand our fleet by adding more of these technologically-advanced aircraft. These planes represent a significant step forward for ANA as we work to make our entire fleet even more eco-friendly and further reduce noise output.”

Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA and ANA HD

ANA will begin to take delivery of the aircraft in the business year of April 2022, they see the 787-10 as the perfect aircraft to replace parts of their 777 fleet.

In a major blow to Rolls-Royce, who has provided ANA with 787 Dreamliner engines since they first took delivery of the aircraft in 2011, ANA has chosen the General Electric GEnx to power this batch of aircraft. This is the second time an airline has made the switch to the GEnx, following Air New Zealand’s decision to have their upcoming 787-10s powered by the type.

Both ANA and Air New Zealand, along with other airlines, have been battling with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine issues for the last few years; leading to aircraft groundings and significant flight disruptions, as Rolls-Royce scrambles to sort the problem.

It is likely that the move to General Electric was to minimise operational risks, however ANA has been contacted by us to provided details on the switch. This article will be updated if a response is provided.