Japan's All Nippon Airways planes wait on tarmac at Tokyo's Haneda airport
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Japan's All Nippon Airways has ordered three 787-10 Dreamliners, becoming the first airline in Asia to operate all three versions of the high-tech jetliner, Boeing said Friday.
The new 787-10 is the largest of the Dreamliner family, capable of carrying 323 passengers up to 13,000 kilometers (8,078 miles), a distance that represents more than 90 percent of the world's twin-aisle routes, according to the US aerospace giant.
"We are honored to play such an important role in ANA's continued success as they look to expand their fleet to include the entire family of 787 Dreamliners," said Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive, in a statement.
The ANA order is valued at roughly $900 million at list prices. The airline had announced its commitment to buy the aircraft in January.
ANA currently operates the world's largest 787 fleet with 34 Dreamliners, built with lightweight composite components that helped to lower fuel consumption. The largest Japanese airline was the launch customer for the Dreamliner, which entered service in October 2011.
According to Boeing, the 787-10 will be 25 to 30 percent more efficient than the airplanes it replaces.
Boeing has a net orders total of four 787s, according to a company update this week. In 2014, Boeing booked a net 65 orders for the Dreamliner, down from 183 orders in 2013.
Shares in Dow member Boeing dipped 0.1 percent to $148.000 in midday trade on the New York Stock Exchange.