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Japan's ANA orders 40 Boeing, 30 Airbus planes worth US$16.4 billion

TOKYO--All Nippon Airways (ANA) said Thursday it would buy 70 new planes worth US$16.4 billion, with almost half from Airbus, in a move that marks a victory for the European aircraft maker as it tries to pry open the lucrative Japanese market.

The airline will buy 40 planes from Boeing, its major supplier, and one that has had a virtual stranglehold in Japan for decades, and 30 from Airbus, to expand its fleet ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a statement said.

The order includes 14 of Boeing's troubled Dreamliner, as well as 20 units of the 777-9X, and six 777-300ERs.

It will also buy seven Airbus A320neo and 23 Airbus A321neo.

“ANA Group's introduction of these new aircraft will help it respond to the needs of the increasing number of passengers expected to arrive in Japan in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and will support the Japanese government's plans to boost the annual total of foreign visitors to Japan to 20 million,” the firm said.

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