Japan's All Nippon Airways has ordered five Boeing 767-300ER and five 777-200ER aircraft, in a deal worth ¥185.2 billion ($2 billion).

It decided to order five additional 767s after reviewing the delivery schedule for the 787, says the spokeswoman. ANA has ordered 55 787s; it hopes to receive the first late next year, and all 55 by 2017.

The new 767s are seen as a stop gap measure pending the arrival of the 787. In September 2008, ANA placed an order for nine 767-300ERs, but cut this back to four in June 2009 citing economic uncertainty.

The five 767s will arrive in the fiscal years 2010 and 2011, the five 777-200ERs in fiscal years 2012 and 2013. ANA's fiscal year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

ANA will pay ¥76 billion for the 767s, and ¥109.2 billion for the 777s, says the airline.

The five 777-200ERs will replace ANA's three 747-400s, which it hopes to sell in 2010. The carrier will phase them out of service by March 2011, says the spokeswoman.

Only one of the 747s operates on a regular basis on the Tokyo Narita-Paris Charles de Gaulle route. The other two are auxiliary aircraft that stay at the carrier's maintenance centre. ANA has yet to identify buyers for the three aircraft.

It operates 59 767s and 43 777s, according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news