ANA is on the path to phase out all 747-400s within 3 years. 777-300ER is currently flying routes operated by 744, Paris and Frankfurt will be the last 2 long-haul cities to get 77W. London will see 77W from 24MAY on alternating days but to be daily by 2007/08 Winter timetable
ANA executive vice-president international relations Katsuhiko Kitabayashi says all the domestic 747-400s will also eventually be replaced with smaller aircraft, although a final retirement date has not yet been set. "We prefer frequency rather than capacity," he says, adding ANA is looking to sell its remaining 747-400s "as soon as possible".
Kitabayashi does not see a need for domestic 747s after a fourth runway opens up at Tokyo's Haneda airport in 2010. The new runway will give carriers extra slots to increase frequencies on domestic routes and to launch international services to other Asian countries.