All Nippon Airways (ANA) is undertaking a major fleet revamp, with the decision to dispose of its seven-strong Airbus A321 fleet in favour of additional A320s. The airline will also concentrate on the larger Boeing767-300 model with the acquisition of nine aircraft as it phases out the 11 remaining 767-200s.

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Three A320s will be added on operating lease in the 2004 fiscal year joining 25 already in service. A lessor is to be selected this month. ANA says it will retire its 11 767-200s and all seven A321s in 2004.

The A321 disposal is a disappointment to Airbus as it attempts to expand its market share in Boeing-dominated Japan. ANA ordered the seven International Aero Engines V2500-powered aircraft in 1995 as part of an orderbook revamp that involved the cancellation of its A340s. The first A321 was delivered just three years ago and the last a month ago.

The Japanese carrier will add nine 767-300s in the 2003 fiscal year, joining 42 of the type already in service. The General Electric CF6-powered aircraft will be acquired new from Boeing on finance leases.

Source: Flight International