Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has retired its mini fleet of Boeing 737-700ERs. The long range 737-700ERs equipped with additional fuel tanks used to ply daily on the Tokyo Narita – Mumbai route till March 26th 2016. ANA started deploying the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to Mumbai starting March 27th 2016.
ANA had two 737-700 ERs in its fleet – JA10AN & JA13AN. These aircraft were used to launch and operate the “ANA Business Jet” service to cater to premium business traffic. One of the aircraft (JA13AN) was configured in an all business-class 38 seat configuration whereas the other (JA10AN) was configured in a 44 seat business-class + premium economy configuration. On the west bound leg from NRT to BOM, the 737-700ERs had to make a fuel stop at Nagasaki occasionally, depending on wind conditions. However, the east bound leg was non-stop.
The aircraft were also painted in a special “ANA Business Jet” livery to distinguish them from the regular ANA aircraft. One of them was later re-painted in the standard ANA livery.
Both the aircraft are reported to be stored w.e.f. March 27th, 2016.