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ANA orders jets worth $17b from Airbus, Boeing

Tokyo: ANA is ordering 70 aircraft with a list price of 1.7 trillion yen (Dh62.4 billion, $17 billion) from Boeing Co and Airbus, in the largest order in the Japanese carrier’s history. The jets, being delivered over 11 years from 2016, will increase the ANA fleet to 250 aircraft. Thursday’s orders underline ANA’s ambition to become one of the world’s leading airlines as well as Japan’s tourism drive leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The country is aiming to boost overseas visitors to 20 million a year. Boeing is the major beneficiary of the deal, but Airbus said the latest orders show it is making inroads in an important market.