** All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) 27 December 1952, is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Its headquarters are located in Shiodome City Center in the Shiodome area of Minato ward of Tokyo. It operates services to both domestic and international destinations from its Main hub at Tokyo (Haneda) International Airport, Narita International Airport, with Secondary hubs at Osaka (Itami) International Airport, Kansai International Airport, and several Focus cities around Japan, such as; Nagoya, Fukuoka, Naha, Hokkaido and had more than 20,000 employees as of March 2016. In May 2010, ANA’s total passenger traffic was up year-on-year by 7.8%, and its international services grew by 22% to 2.07 million passengers in the first five months of 2010.
ANA’s started as Japan Helicopter and Aeroplane Transports Company (日本ヘリコプター輸送 – Nippon Herikoputā Yusō), also known as Nippon Helicopter and Aeroplane, an airline company founded on 27 December 1952. Nippon Helicopter was the source of what would later be ANA’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) airline code, NH.
NH began helicopter services in February 1953. On 15 December 1953, it operated its first cargo flight between Osaka and Tokyo using a de Havilland Dove, JA5008. This was the first scheduled flight flown by a Japanese pilot in postwar Japan. And in December 1957 Nippon Helicopter changed its name to All Nippon Airways Company.
Between the 1960s - 2000s, ANA grew rapidly both domestically, and internationally, by purchasing Lockheed L-1011s, Boeing 747-200s, Boeing 767s, A320s, A321s, and Boeing 747-400s, with the introduction of new routes; Tokyo-Sapporo and Tokyo-Fukuoka, and new destinations; Guam, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Paris, London–Heathrow, Dalian, Hong Kong, Sydney, Beijing, Saipan, New York–JFK, and in 1999, becoming a Member of Star Alliance.
ANA was the launch customer for the new Boeing widebody, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ordering 50 examples with an option for 50 more during April 2004. ANA split the order between 30 of the short-range 787-3 and 20 of the long haul 787-8. However, ANA later converted its -3 orders to the -8 variant, with deliveries finally began in late 2011 when ANA received its first Boeing 787 on 21 September, the first-ever Dreamliner to be delivered in the world. ANA flew its first Boeing 787 passenger flight on 26 October 2011, which operated as a charter flight from Tokyo Narita to Hong Kong. ANA also became the second airline to receive the Boeing 787-9 on 28 July 2014. Despite being second, the airline preceded launch customer Air New Zealand for the first commercial flight on the 787-9, a unique sightseeing charter for Japanese and American schoolchildren on 4 August.
In July 2011, All Nippon Airways and AirAsia agreed to form a low-cost carrier, called AirAsia Japan, based at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. And when AirAsia withdrew from the joint venture; the airline was subsequently rebranded as Vanilla Air. A few years later, In March 2018, All Nippon Airways announced the integration of its two low-cost carrier subsidiaries Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air into one entity retaining the Peach name.
On 29 January 2019, ANA Holdings purchased a 9.5% stake in PAL Holdings, Philippine Airlines’ parent company, for a total of US $95 million.
Throughout the years, many ANA aircraft has been painted in Special Liveries:
- Six Star Alliance Liveries: Two B772s, One B77W, One B763, One B738 and One B789
- Five Pokémon-themed Jets: Three B744s, One B763 and One B773
- Four Star Wars-themed Jets: One B787-9 in an R2-D2 Livery; One B77W in a BB-8 Livery; One B763 in a mixed R2-D2 and BB-8 Livery; and One B772 in a C-3PO Livery.
- In 2019, Three Airbus A380-800s were painted in three different ANA Flying Honu Liveries.
ANA is one of the worlds leading airlines, especially in one criterion where they shine remarkably; Punctuality. In 2006, the airline was recognised by FlightOnTime.info as the most punctual scheduled airline between London and Tokyo for the last four consecutive years, based on official British statistics. On 10 November of the same year, ANA also announced “Inspiration of Japan”, ANA’s newest international flight concept, with redesigned cabins initially launched on its 777-300ER aircraft.
Being one of the worlds leading airlines, also brings the airline other significant awards, besides the spot-on punctuality. ANA has since 2013, been a seven-time, consecutive awarded, 5-star rated airline, by Skytrax, and ranked 3rd, in 2019 for improved skills by airline employees, brand new amenity-kit for First Class, automated baggage check-in at Fukuoka in addition to Haneda and New Chitose’s existing ones and for expanding Lounge areas at Tokyo (Haneda) Int’l and Narita Int’l Airport.
Thank You for reading through this Features Request!
If you wish to see Japan’s Largest Airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA)'s Boeing 787-9, a modern twin-engine jet in Infinite Flight, then don’t forget to press on the blue Vote button!