ANA orders 20 Boeing 737 MAX and 18 Airbus A320neo

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Tokyo - All Nippon Airways, the largest airline of Japan, has announced an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX family jets and 18 Airbus A320neo.

ANA has revealed a firm order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft with options for ten units and 18 Airbus A320neo. All Nippon Airways is the first Japanese carrier to order the Boeing's revamped single-aisle jets of the latest generation.

The airline has not disclosed the exact MAX variant that was ordered. The new MAX jets will join the ANA's fleet while the A320neos will be operated by the airline's low-cost subsidiary Peach.

The company said that the orders were not politically motivated despite the pressure from Japan and the U.S. governments. The contract with Boeing is valued at $2.3 billion at list prices while the Airbus order is $2 billion.

The orders show that the airline will pursue a balanced policy between two major manufacturers for its future aircraft purchases in the same segment.

ANA will receive its re-engineered single-aisles from 2021 to 2025. The carrier already operates seven A320neo alongside the previous generation Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s.