All Nippon Airways orders three 777-300ERs

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has placed orders for three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and a single 767-300 Freighter.

"The introduction of the additional 777-300ERs will further strengthen ANA Group's long-haul network," says the company.

The order was placed with Boeing on 30 July. The three new aircraft will arrive in the first six months of 2015.

In addition, the carrier will obtain a new 767-300F for ANA Cargo, but it has yet to decide whether it will acquire a new aircraft or lease one.

ANA feels that bringing a new 767F into the fleet is preferable to converting one of its existing 767-300ERs. This will allow the carrier to better take advantage of slots that open up at airports in the Tokyo area.

Flightglobal's Ascend online database shows that ANA operates 19 General Electric GE90-powered 777-300ERs and seven Pratt & Whitney PW4000-powered 777-300s.

The 777-300ERs are configured with 247 seats and were delivered between 2003 and 2010, while the 777-300s have a high density configuration of 514 seats and were delivered between 1997 and 2003.

ANA Cargo has nine 767-300Fs and this figure will grow to ten with the arrival of the new aircraft. The carrier says the new aircraft will bolster its Okinawa cargo hub, which facilitates air cargo between Asia-Pacific countries and North America.

The orders were disclosed in the carrier's strategic update document that accompanied its first quarter results for its 2013 fiscal year ended 30 June.