All Nippon Airways Co. is aggressively strengthening international operations with the 787 Dreamliner, but its heavy reliance on Boeing Co.'s high-tech plane appears to be a double-edged sword.

ANA adopted the Boeing 787 in 2011, becoming the first airline in the world to do so. It received its 50th 787 in mid-August, giving it 20 more than rival Japan Airlines Co.

Thanks in part to the new plane, ANA's international passengers eclipsed JAL's for the first time in the business year ended last March.