All Nippon Airways has announced some restructuring plans
In response to COVID-19 and a projected 510 billion yen ($4.87 billion USD) loss for its fiscal year, All Nippon Airways has announced restructuring plans including the retirement of some Boeing 777s and the establishment of a new airline.
ANA will retire 22 Boeing 777 Family aircraft this year. All Nippon Airways’ (excluding ANA Cargo) Boeing 777 Family fleet currently consists of:
- 7 Boeing 777-200s
- 12 Boeing 777-200ERs
- 7 Boeing 777-300s
- 28 Boeing 777-300ERs
According to several sources, the 777s that will be retired consist of:
- 13 Boeing 777-300ERs
- 2 Boeing 777-300s
- 7 Boeing 777-200/200ERs (unspecified)
I’m assuming ANA is retiring the seven non-ER 777-200s because that would allow them to simplify their fleet and remove an entire subfleet of aircraft.
Overall in 2020, ANA will retire 35 aircraft in addition to two aircraft from its low-cost brand Peach Aviation:
All Nippon Airways’ New Airline Brand:
- In addition to All Nippon Airways and Peach Aviation, the ANA Group will be establishing a new low-cost carrier brand.
- The airline will launch some time around fiscal 2022 which is between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.
- The new airline brand will operate two-class Boeing 787s with over 300 seats to destinations in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
- ANA’s subsidiary Air Japan will be the foundation of this new airline brand meaning the brand can begin operations quickly after its establishment.
Does this remind anyone of Japan Airlines’ new low-cost carrier, ZIPAIR?
What are your thoughts on ANA’s decision to retire 22 Boeing 777s and create a new airline brand ?