launch customer expects that, despite a history of delays, this time its first 787 delivery will arrive as planned.
The latest target window for first delivery is August-September, and ANA CEO Shinichiro Ito tells Aviation Week he is confident this will be achieved. The carrier earlier said its fleet contingency plans cannot cover delivery delays past the first quarter of 2012. ANA expects to receive 14 787s before the end of its fiscal year on March 31, 2012, and is due to take delivery of another 10 in the following fiscal year. It has a total of 50 on order.
The airline plans for the 787s to replace its older-300s, although the planes being replaced will not be phased out until the next fiscal year, Ito says.
For the current fiscal year, in addition to the 14 787s, ANA is slated to receive nine other aircraft: four 767-300ERs, twoand three .
Separately, ANA says the post-earthquake traffic slump has leveled off and traffic is starting to improve. The carrier, like its rival, is seeing a come-back in outbound international traffic, but inbound tourism is still stagnant.
The carrier’s outbound passenger numbers for March were 3% lower than the same period last year, while inbound passengers were down 19%. April numbers showed the full effect of the post-quake slump — even though outbound traffic rose 17%, inbound was down by 42%. May was better, with outbound rising 12% and inbound down just 15%.
Total traffic for May was up 7%, but year-on-year gains in total and outbound traffic are deceptive, Ito says. He says traffic will have to rise 30% beyond last year’s levels to be considered recovered, since the airline’s capacity is up by about 20% due to the launch of new routes.