© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 767-300 takes off in front of Mt. Fuji at the Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport, in Tokyo, Japan January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
(Reuters) -Japanese airline ANA Holdings Inc said on Monday it had finalised an order for 20 Boeing (NYSE:) 737 MAX jets first announced in January 2019 that also includes options for another 10 of the narrowbody type.
The carrier also said it would switch two of 20 777-9 passenger planes it has on order to the 777-8F freighter model as part of efforts to expand its cargo business.
The 737 MAX planes, intended to replace older 737-800 jets on domestic routes, will be delivered from the financial year starting in April 2025, the airline said in a statement.
ANA did not provide the value of the deal. The order for 20 737 MAX 8 planes would be worth $2.4 billion based on Boeing’s latest list prices available on its website, but airlines typically receive substantial discounts on orders.
ANA had placed its initial non-binding order for the planes two months before the 737 MAX was grounded globally after a second deadly crash.
The Japanese airline noted that 46 airlines worldwide have resumed 737 MAX flights since the United States lifted a grounding order in November 2020 and the model has been operating smoothly.