|The R2-D2 ANA JET scheme will be applied to Boeing 787-9 JA873A, the 345th Dreamliner and a Charleston-built example to be configured in an international layout. Delivery is planned for September. (Image: ANA)|
The Star Wars Project is in line with ANA's strategy to bolster its international presence, slowly shifting dependence from the lucrative-but-shrinking domestic market, which currently generates almost 70% of their revenue.
Last spring, Japan's largest carrier expanded its international network from Tokyo/Haneda [HND/RJTT] (ANA's Summer 2014 international expansion.) after receiving a controversial (at least to JAL) 11 slot-pairs for international services, and is now on expansion mode at Tokyo/Narita [NRT/RJAA] as well, preparing to add Houston/George Bush [IAH/KIAH] in June (ANA announces Houston and Southeast Asia expansion.) and resume Kuala Lumpur/Sepang [KUL/WMKK] in September (ANA reveals Kuala Lumpur and expansion at Narita.), along with adding frequencies to several existing routes. ANA is expected to further strengthen its Narita hub to capture the Asia – North America market.
Other new destinations on ANA's short-term wishlist are Istanbul (ANA considering Haneda – Istanbul.), Mexico City, Phnom Penh (or Siem Reap), and Sydney. Rumors also point out to another route (or frequency increase) to North America and the addition (or resumption) of its Narita – London/Heathrow [LHR/EGLL] route, which was moved to Haneda last spring.
Source: All Nippon Airways, April 17th. (in Japanese)