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ANA is coming to Houston

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has announced it will launch a new route from Tokyo (Narita) to Houston (Bush Intercontinental) starting on June 12, 2015 with Boeing 777-300 ERs.

ANA will also increase the number of flights from Tokyo to Singapore and Bangkok by introducing twice daily services from Narita to these two cities in addition to the existing double daily service from Haneda Airport. Flights from Singapore and Bangkok arriving in Narita early morning will increase the number of North American cities that can be connected and will, together with the evening flight, greatly increase the convenience of Asia-North America connections at Narita.

Houston will be ANA’s tenth destination in North America.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-381 ER JA786A (msn 37948) with the special “Forward as one Japan” markings arrives at Narita International Airport near Tokyo.

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Here is a new app: ANA introduces a smartphone app to help you relax during takeoff!

ANA Takeoff App

ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) has introduced a new smartphone app to help you relax during the takeoff. Here is the official release:

A new survey, commissioned by All Nippon Airways (ANA) for the US market, has found that 72% of U.S. airline passengers have felt anxious about flying before. The most anxious flyers find takeoff to be the most stress-inducing part of the journey (68%), which is why Japan’s largest airline, ANA, developed ‘ANA Takeoff Mode’, specifically designed to relax and take people’s minds off the takeoff. The app can be downloaded for free in the Apple App store here: CLICK HERE

#ANA Launches New Smartphone App Designed to Relax Flyers During Takeoff

The ‘ANA Takeoff Mode’ app takes the form of a simple but absorbing puzzle where users have to maneuver a ball on screen to collect points, with relaxing music playing in the background. What really makes the app truly unique; however, is that it measures the amplitude and frequency response of the ambient noise inside the aircraft cabin. When the aircraft’s engines are at full throttle during takeoff, the audio profile triggers a special animation and message for the user. (The surrounding environment may affect how the app detects takeoff.)

The puzzle aspect of the game should prove particularly appealing. In the ANA survey, puzzle games ranked second only to listening to music when it came to ways that passengers relaxed while flying (61% of people relax by listening to music; 56% by playing puzzle games). Reading, watching TV and falling asleep came in not far behind (54%, 48% and 46% respectively).

The ‘ANA Takeoff Mode’ is one of the first smartphones apps to take advantage of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s announcement on October 31, 2013 that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices during all phases of flight.

“ANA offers a unique flight experience with staff paying attention to even the smallest detail to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable flight for all our customers. Consideration has gone into every stage of the passenger journey, from our flagship lounges in Tokyo to our award winning ‘Connoisseurs’ inflight dining experience. Now we hope that the ‘ANA Takeoff Mode’ will ease and relax flyers, allowing them to enjoy their flight with ANA from the very beginning.” said Masaki Yokai, VP Marketing & Sales The Americas.

Additional key findings from the ANA survey:

Women are about twice as likely to be anxious about flying

Of the subgroup who almost always get anxious about flying, 63% are women, 37% men

Older people (45 yrs+) are much calmer about flying than younger people (18-44yrs)

Of the always anxious group 66% are younger than 45 yrs old

Of the calm group 47% are younger than 45 yrs old

Anxious flyers are most concerned about takeoff (68%), whereas people who get stressed about flying less frequently find the thought of turbulence more anxiety inducing (60%)

80% of people surveyed play puzzle games

97% of these people find such games to be relaxing

46% of people say they find flying during Thanksgiving or Christmas period more stressful than other times of the year

Top reasons for this extra stress are crowded airports (69%) and delayed flights (63%)

Information on the survey:

ANA commissioned an online survey of 1,000 air travelers from across the U.S. The survey was fielded from October 29 to November 2, 2014.

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Ethiopian Airlines and ANA agree to codeshare

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) have signed a codeshare agreement.

From October 26, 2014, the travelling public will enjoy seamless bookings on ANA and Ethiopian Airlines network from Japan to 49 destinations in Africa through joint connecting airports of both carriers in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris (CDG), London (Heathrow) on all code shared flights. .

ANA and Ethiopian Airlines started joint Frequent Flyer Program in December 2011 as both carriers are members of Star Alliance.

Top Copyright Photo: Ethiopian’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOR (msn 34746) is seen up-close at London’s Heathrow Airport, one of the connecting points for the two carriers.

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ANA and Lufthansa Cargo obtain antitrust immunity for their Japan-Europe joint cargo venture

ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) and Lufthansa Cargo AG (Frankfurt) will launch a strategic air cargo joint venture on routes between Japan and Europe and vice versa. This is the first worldwide cargo joint venture of its kind. ANA has received antitrust immunity, i. e. approval for the joint venture from the Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport after filing for it in the spring of 2014. In addition, the joint venture has been positively assessed by external counsel for compliance with relevant EU antitrust regulations.

Now ANA and Lufthansa Cargo can jointly manage activities covered by the joint venture including network planning, pricing, sales and handling on all routes between Japan and Europe and vice versa. Based on a joint contract which shall be signed in the next weeks, the two carriers aim to introduce the joint approach on shipments originating from Japan to Europe in winter 2014/2015 and for shipments from Europe to Japan mid-2015.

The joint venture will benefit customers by generating a greater selection of routings and a wider range of service options. Customers will especially profit from a larger and faster network with more direct flights, more destinations and more frequencies. By their moving under one roof at major stations, such as the airports Tokyo Narita and Nagoya in Japan and Dusseldorf and Frankfurt in Germany, customers will enjoy the services of both airlines at a single location.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. ANA Cargo’s Boeing 767-381F ER JA602F (msn 33509) arrives at bthe Tokyo (Narita) base.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-FBT D-ALFC (msn 41676) of Lufthansa Cargo lands at Manchester.


ANA announces the first Boeing 787-9 revenue flights on August 7

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) announced that it will launch scheduled services to three domestic Japanese destinations using the latest stretched version of the Boeing Dreamliner, the 787-9, from August 7. The plane, in 395-seat configuration, will be introduced progressively on routes between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Fukuoka, Osaka (Itami) and Matsuyama as ANA becomes the first airline in the world to operate the scheduled flight of 787-9.

In addition to the first 787-9 going into service in August, ANA is scheduled to take delivery of a further two aircraft in the fiscal year ending March 2015. For the launch of international services, ANA has opted for the 215-seat version of the long-range aircraft – 46 seats more than the existing Boeing 787-8 currently used on international long-haul routes.

The 787-9 is engineered for greater fuel economy than 787-8, while also ensuring approximately 20% more seating and cargo capacity and will help ANA achieve expansion into new markets.

ANA will focus on utilizing the 395-seat version of the 787-9 on major domestic routes to maximize passenger numbers, while also lowering operational costs.

On ANA’s international network, the plan is to utilize the 787-9 to increase capacity on some long-haul routes to Europe, North America and other key destinations which are at present served by the smaller 787-8 or to replace larger aircraft currently operating the routes. This will help ANA to maximize commercial returns, stabilize operating costs and enhance its ability to win more passengers and bigger cargo demand.

ANA is determined to take maximum advantage of the competitive edge provided by the outstanding fuel efficiency of the Boeing 787 to accelerate its growth and make the airline stronger.

Boeing 787-9 Schedules:

ANA 787-9 Schedules

Update: As planned, on August 4, ANA operated the world’s first passenger Boeing 787-9 flight when the pictured JA830A flew a sightseeing trip from Tokyo (Haneda) and with 171 Japanese and American elementary school students residing in Japan as part of the TOMODACHI Initiative.

Read the full story from ZipanguFlyer: CLICK HERE

Update: ANA became the first airline in the world to place the Boeing 787-9 into scheduled revenue service on August 7. Boeing 787-9 JA830A, their first of the stretched Dreamliner, inaugurated operations on the Tokyo (Haneda) – Fukuoka route according to ZipanguFlyer.

Read the full story from ZipanguFlyer: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo; Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Boeing 787-9 for ANA (JA830A).

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ANA firms up an order for 7 Airbus A320neo and 23 A321neo aircraft

ANA A321neo (82)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

ANA Holdings (All Nippon Airways-ANA) (Tokyo) has firmed up an order for 30 A320neo Family aircraft (seven A320neo and 23 A321neo). The initial agreement was announced in March 2014. The aircraft will be part of ANA Holdings fleet development and modernisation strategy to replace its existing single-aisle fleet in the coming years.

Deliveries will start from 2016.

Japanese Aero Engines Corporation (JAEC) is a 23% collaboration partner in PW1100G-JM program. JAEC is responsible for development, manufacturing and engineering support of the fan, low-pressure compressor, combustor, and low-pressure shafts. JAEC is a consortium, consisting of three Japanese companies: IHI (65%), Kawasaki Heavy Industries (25%), and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (10%).

The assembly of Airbus’ first A320neo has been completed following painting of the aircraft and the mounting of PW1100G-JM engines. It will soon start ground tests to prepare for first flight. The flight test campaign for the A320neo will kick-off in Q3 2014, paving the way for Entry Into Service in Q4 2015.

The A320neo – for “new engine option” – incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings and a reduction of 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. With a total of more than 3,000 orders received from more than 50 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured over 60 percent of the market, clearly demonstrating its leadership.

Image: Airbus.

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ANA finalizes an order for 20 Boeing 777-9Xs, 14 787-9s and six 777-300 ERs

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) (Tokyo) have finalized an order for 40 widebody airplanes – 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9 Dreamliners and six 777-300 ERs (Extended Range) (pictured above) – as part of the airline’s strategic long-haul fleet renewal plan. The order, valued at approximately $13 billion at list prices, was originally announced as a commitment in March.

ANA, the launch customer of the 787, becomes the world’s largest customer for the Dreamliner with a total of 80 airplanes ordered. The airline currently operates 29 787s with 51 more to deliver, including 43 787-9s.

Boeing’s 777X has accumulated 300 orders and commitments from six customers worldwide.

On the financial side, ANA reported net income of ¥3.5 billion ($34.5 million) for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2014 reversing a net loss of ¥6.6 billion in the same quarter a year ago.

Copyright Photo: ANA’s Boeing 777-381 ER JA782A (msn 33416) exits the runway and taxies to the gate at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Boeing delivers the first 787-9 to ANA

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) (Tokyo) yesterday (July 28) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner.

ANA will become the world’s first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 services on domestic Japanese routes in August.

With this delivery, ANA will have 29 787s in its fleet, more than any other operator in the world.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

ANA has 29 more 787-9s on order with commitments for 14 more. Sixty customers from around the world have ordered more than 1,000 787s, with more than 160 currently in operation.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 N1792B (msn 34522) became JA830A on the handover.

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ANA to become the first operator of the stretched Boeing 787-9 on August 4

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) will become the world’s first airline to operate the new stretched version of the Boeing Dreamliner when it launches services on domestic Japanese routes in August with the 787-9 variant of the aircraft.

Deliveries to ANA of the 787-9, an extended fuselage model of the aircraft, from Boeing’s Everett site in Washington are due to begin on July 27. The first aircraft will arrive in Tokyo on July 29. The aircraft achieves even better fuel economy than the 787-8, recording an improvement of 23% (*1), and also has approximately 20% more seating and cargo capacity (*2), resulting in a further reduction in operating costs. The aircraft will contribute to the continued expansion of ANA’s business, particularly in its international network.

In advance of bringing the plane into scheduled commercial service, ANA is going to operate a special commemorative flight for the ‘Dreamliner’ on August 4, 2014. ANA will fly Japanese and American elementary school children living in Japan on a flight for the next generation of air passengers. The aircraft will fly from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to fly over Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s best known landmarks and newest World Heritage Site. The TOMODACHI logo will be displayed on the new aircraft, in support of the initiative to strengthen Japanese-US ties.

ANA 787-9 DomoDachi (ANA)(LR)

About the TOMODACHI logo:

ANA signed the sponsorship agreement in 2012 for the public-private partnership TOMODACHI Initiative led by the US Embassy in Japan and the US-Japan Council to strengthen US-Japan ties. An opportunity was created to promote these principles and expand these activities by displaying the TOMODACHI logo on three aircraft to fly on routes between the US and Japan.

While the aircraft is expected to show lower operating costs and improved environmental performance as a result of even better fuel economy, the 787-9, like the 787-8, makes use of state-of-the-art technology to provide customers with a new level of in-flight comfort through innovations such as improved cabin humidity, reduced discomfort from cabin pressure changes, and larger windows and luggage storages.

ANA’s first 787-9 will be delivered with domestic route specifications and will be equipped with 395 seats, 60 more than the 787-8 when flown on domestic routes. The aircraft will begin service on domestic routes from August onwards and, from the next fiscal year beginning in April, 2015, ANA will introduce the new aircraft on international routes. ANA was the launch customer for the Dreamliner and is the world’s biggest operator of the 787, having ordered a total of 80 aircraft, including 36 787-8s (28 already delivered) and 44 787-9s.

The fuel savings achieved from the 787 aircraft already in service are sufficient to operate 500 round trips from Tokyo to Frankfurt and are reducing CO2 emissions by 150,000 tons a year. When all 80 Dreamliners are in operation, the CO2 reduction will be 450,000 tons, with enough fuel saved to operate 1,400 round trips to Frankfurt.

The introduction of this new, advanced aircraft will accelerate ANA’s growth strategy including the development of new routes and increased flight frequencies on existing routes, enabling ANA to serve passengers better and making it even more competitive.

(*1) The fuel economy comparison is based on the Boeing 767-300 ER
(*2) The seat number comparison is based on the number of seats in cabins fitted for domestic routes.

The cargo comparison is based on the cargo capacity by weight.

ANA 787-9 Seating (ANA)(LR)

ANA CEO’s statement on the reliability and performance of the new 787 batteries:

A year has passed since we recommenced regular flights of Boeing 787 on June 1 of last year with a comprehensive battery strategy after the emergency landing of ANA Flight 692 at Takamatsu Airport on January 16 of last year.

Since then we have operated approximately 26,000 flights with over 4.7 million passengers and about 100,000 tons of cargo and mail. Regarding the renovated batteries, we have monitored their operating conditions on a daily basis and regularly removed them from the aircraft for inspection. We have confirmed that they are operating normally.

The ANA Group is making every effort to ensure safe flight operations in order to provide peace of mind to our customers. We look forward to serving you on board the comfortable and environmentally friendly 787.

Osamu Shinobe
President & CEO
All Nippon Airways, Co. Ltd.

June 2, 2014

On-Time Reliability of the 787 versus the 777 and 767:

ANA 787 On-Time Reliability

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com (click on the photo for the full size view). Boeing 787-9 N1792B (msn 34522) will become JA830A on the handover.

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Air Canada moves into Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2

Air Canada (Montreal) yesterday (June 18) moved into the new Terminal 2 joining United Airlines at London’s Heathrow Airport. Air China and ANA also made the move. The airline issued this statement.

The arrival of Air Canada flight AC 856 from Toronto (Pearson) at 07:04 GMT marked the official move of all Air Canada flights and operations to London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal. The modern and spacious facilities of Heathrow Airport’s new terminal provide customers with an improved travel experience including faster customs and immigration border control upon arrival and check-in and security clearance on departure. Eligible Air Canada and Star Alliance customers will have access to Air Canada’s newest international Maple Leaf Lounge also offering a stylish and inspiring environment in which to relax or work before a flight.

Air Canada check-in and baggage drop off are located in Zone A of the check-in lobby and offer the latest technology including quick and easy self-service kiosks, fast baggage drop-off and dedicated full-service check-in counters. The new terminal provides a wide variety of shopping, dining and seating options in a light, airy and spacious building.

Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-333 ER C-FIVQ (msn 35240) completes its final approach to the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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ANA’s last Boeing 747 (JA8961) arrives in Tupelo, Mississippi to be parted out

ANA’s (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) last Boeing, the pictured 747-481 (D) JA8961 (msn 25644), as planned, arrived at Tupelo, Mississippi to be parted out on Thursday (April 17). The Jumbo was met by the traditional water gun salute at Tupelo Regional Airport and thousands of onlookers around the airport.

10 previous ANA aircraft has been dismantled at Tupelo.

Read the full report from DJournal.com: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-481 JA8961 (msn 25644) taxies at Tokyo (Haneda) before it departed for Mississippi.

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ANA today operates the last Boeing 747 flight ending an era

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) today (March 31), as planned, operated the last Boeing 747 flight. The pictured Boeing 747-481 (D) JA8961 (msn 25644) with 497 passengers and 17 crew members operated a round trip from Tokyo (Haneda) to Naha, Okinawa and back, ending 35 years of continuous Boeing 747 operations. JA8961 was delivered to ANA for domestic operations on May 13, 1993.

ANA today (March 31) also retired the Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-300 (Q300).

Read the full report from ZipanguFlyer (with photos): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-481 (D) JA8961 (msn 25644) departs from Tokyo (Haneda).

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ANA will order 70 Airbus and Boeing aircraft including the new 777-9X

ANA Holdings (ANA-All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) plans to place an order for 20 new Boeing 777-9X aircraft (below) as well as 14 additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The Japanese carrier also ordered six additional Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft (above). ANA also ordered 30 additional Airbus A320 (below bottom) and A321neo aircraft.

ANA 777X (82)(Flt)(ANA)(LR)

This order restores the momentum for the new Boeing 777X project as Japan Airlines had previously defected from Boeing to Airbus with an order for 31 Airbus A50s.

ANA Holdings issued this statement:

ANA Holdings is to place firm orders for 70 new aircraft worth ¥1700 billion at list prices with Boeing and Airbus. The order, approved at a meeting today (March 27) of the Board of Directors of ANA HD, is the biggest in the airline’s history and will support ANA’s drive to become one of the world’s leading airline groups.

The aircraft will be delivered during period of FY 2016-2027 and will increase the size of the ANA fleet to 250 aircraft.

ANA HD has decided to purchase twenty Boing 777-9X, a large twin-aisle aircraft with 15% larger seating capacity, as a successor to its existing fleet of Boeing 777-300 ERs. In addition, ANA HD will purchase six further Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft to support the expansion of its international services until delivery of Boeing 777-9X.

ANA HD will also place fourteen additional orders for the medium-sized Boeing 787-9 aircraft. This will take its total fleet of Dreamliners to 80, confirming ANA as the world’s biggest operator of this fuel-efficient airliner.

The order with Airbus consists of 30 smaller single-aisle jets from the A320 family – seven A320neo aircraft and twenty-three A321neo aircraft, which will replace ANA’s existing Boeing 737-500 and Airbus A320ceo aircraft.

The new Boeing aircraft will be used predominantly on international routes while the new Airbus aircraft will be introduced both on domestic routes and international routes.

ANA Group’s introduction of these new aircraft will help it respond to the needs of the increasing number of passengers expected to arrive in Japan in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and will support the Japanese government’s plans to boost the annual total of foreign visitors to Japan to 20 million.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-381 ER JA783A (msn 27940) approaches the runway at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus did not win a new Japanese customer for the new A350 but got a consolation order for more Airbus A320s which will become the predominate domestic aircraft for the ANA Group (over the Boeing 737NG). Airbus A320-211 JA8946 (msn 669) with additional “Inspiration of Japan” markings also arrives at Narita International Airport.


ANA to operate its last Boeing 747 flight on March 31 with JA8961, will be chopped up in Tupelo, Mississippi

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) as planned and previously reported, plans to operate its last revenue flight (NH 126) with the Boeing 747-400 on March 31 between Naha, Okinawa and Tokyo (Haneda) according to ZipanguFlyer. The last revenue flight is scheduled to be operated with the pictured Boeing 747-481 (D) JA8961 (msn 25644). The last ANA Boeing 747-400s are the high-density domestic version of the Boeing 747-400 that seat 565 passengers and were developed specifically for the Japanese market.

In the meantime, according to ZipanguFlyer, JA8961 is operating a series of “Final 747″ visits in Japan. On March 16 JA8961 operated flight NH 2001, named the “Sayonara Flight Charter’ from Tokyo (Narita) to Kumamoto. The Boeing Jumbo is expected to visit Fukuoka and Sapporo for the last time on March 30.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

According to The Japan Times, ANA Sales Company is offering a tour to Tupelo Regional Airport in Mississippi to witness the end of JA8961. According to the report, the five-day tour will depart Japan on April 16 and the travelers will travel on a different aircraft to reach the airport in time to greet the arrival of ANA’s last Boeing 747.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-481 JA8951 (msn 25644) taxies at Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) in Tokyo. JA8961 was delivered new to ANA on May 13, 1993.

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ANA to retire its last Boeing 747 on March 31 with JA8961

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) is planning to operate its last revenue flight (NH 126) with the Boeing 747-400 on March 31 between Naha, Okinawa and Tokyo (Haneda) according to ZipanguFlyer. The last revenue flight is scheduled to be operated with 747-481 (D) JA8961 (msn 25644). The last ANA Boeing 747-400s are the high-density domestic version of the Boeing 747-400 that seat 565 passengers and were developed specifically for the Japanese market.

Read the full report with all of the details from ZipanguFlyer: CLICK HERE

ANA introduced the Boeing 747 (the special short range 747SR-81) with JA8134 (msn 21605) with the hand over from Boeing on December 20, 1978. The first Boeing 747-281B (JA8175, msn 23502) came later on July 2, 1986. Trans-Pacific service was then launched to Los Angeles with the new type on July 16, 1986. Finally the first Boeing 747-481 (JA8094, msn 24801) joined the ANA fleet on August 28, 1990.

The Boeing 747 has faithfully served ANA for over 35 years. It will seem strange not to see a Boeing 747 with the company.

Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli/AirlinersGallery.com. Looking back in the past, Boeing 747-281B JA8181 (msn 23698) is seen at Rome (Fiumicino).

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New ANA Video: Funny or Racist? ANA Group releases its summer domestic schedule

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has introduced this new TV commercial (above) mainly for the domestic Japanese market. The airline in the TV ad is boasting about its international expansion and jokingly suggests it needs to become more international in its appearance. The ad also pokes fun at Westerners. Reactions are on the two ends of the spectrum, either funny or stereotypical racist. There does not appear to be a middle ground of opinions.

My take: Advertising is meant to grab the attention of the viewer. This ad certainly has grabbed the attention of viewers, both in Japan and worldwide. Is it a plus for ANA? Maybe. Time will tell, especially since everything produced today is now worldwide in consumption. There are no barriers on the Internet. Things meant for domestic consumption become an international viral hit in a short amount of time. Personally, I find it very funny. We all need to laugh at ourselves more. What do you think?

In other news, the ANA Group has presented its domestic timetable effective on March 30, 2014 for the summer season:

ANA Group, Japan’s largest airline group, today announces that it has submitted its proposed route network for the summer timetable commencing March 30, 2014 to October 25, 2014 to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan.ANA continues to further expand its network and improve competitiveness in order to survive in what is an increasingly competitive industry.

Details of the service are as follows:
(Subject to approval by relevant authorities)

● Newly Launched & Increased Frequency & Resumed Service

*1 Flight frequency is 4/day during September 1 – October 25.
*2 Seasonal operation during the period.
● Decreased Frequency

*3 Seasonal decrease of frequency during the period.
*4 Flight frequency is 8/day during March 30 – June 30, and 5-7/day during July 1 – October 25. For details please visit our website.
*5 Flight frequency is 7/day during March 30 – June 30, and 6/day during July 1 – October 25.

● Route Suspension

*6 Code-sharing flight with IBEX Airlines (1/day) will continue to be served.

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ANA and Garuda Indonesia move closer with a new partnership, both airlines will launch a Tokyo Haneda-Jakarta route

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) and Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) have announced a comprehensive partnership under which the two airlines will code share on flights between the two countries and will allow passengers to be able to collect and redeem miles on Frequent Flyer Program of both airlines.

From March 30, 2014, ANA will operate new route between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Jakarta Airport, followed by Garuda Indonesia opening the same route from the first quarter of 2014. These new flights will increase the number of weekly flights operated by the two carriers between Japan and Indonesia to 53 – comprising 14 ANA flights and 39 Garuda Indonesia flights. Both airlines will be providing improved and expanded customer service concurrent with this agreement and network expansion.

ANA and Garuda will allocate code share flight numbers to flights between Japan and Indonesia operated by each airline.
Passengers on ANA flights arriving in Jakarta will be able to travel on to maximum of 10 Indonesian routes such as Jogjakarta or Denpasar on code share flights operated by Garuda Indonesia while passengers on Garuda Indonesia flights arriving at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Kansai International Airport will be able to travel on to maximum of 11 Japanese routes such as Chitose or Nagoya using code share flights operated by ANA.

The two airlines will also start discussions on a partnership between their respective mileage programs. The details of joint mileage program, including the start date, will be announced separately on both companies’ websites when decided.

Top Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. ANA’s Boeing 777-281 JA702A (msn 27033) arrives in Fukuoka.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 PK-GPM (msn 1214) of Garuda Indonesia approaches Amsterdam for landing.

ANA to fly to Vancouver from Haneda Airport starting on March 30

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has announced its schedule plans for the summer season of 2014. The airline will add new service to Vancouver and Hanoi starting on March 30, 2014. Here are the full details:

ANA is announcing a new international flight schedule for summer 2014, introducing services to Vancouver (Canada) and Hanoi (Vietnam) for the first time. Additional services will be introduced at that time, with further route and schedule details to be announced.This expansion, effective from March 30, 2014, will make ANA the biggest airline carrier at Haneda, offering the most international flights to and from this airport. Haneda Airport is easily accessible from Tokyo and the new flight schedule, combined with ANA’s existing domestic network, will make it easier and more convenient for passengers to connect within Japan and to travel to overseas destinations. While new destinations such as Vancouver and Hanoi will be serviced from Haneda airport, flights toLondon, Paris, Jakarta and Manila will also start flying from Haneda airport in addition to existing services from Narita airport.ANA is also increasing the number of North American destinations it services from Asian cities via Narita, to improve convenience for transit passengers.

ANA operates a dual-airport strategy in the Tokyo area, capitalizing on the respective strengths of Haneda and Narita Airport. Routes and schedules for destinations served from both airports are carefully planned to complement one another, offering passengers the greatest choice and convenience, and to meet the growing demand for international travel.

Full details of the new flights, routes and aircraft are as shown below: *1

*1 Flight schedules are dependent on approval by the relevant authorities. Please be reminded that these are only scheduled plans and are subject to change.

*2 Some flight numbers are subject to change due to the reorganization of international services. Please check ANA SKY WEB for more details.

(1)New Services

*1 Schedule for NH857 is 10 minutes earlier than shown during March 30-Apr 30. Boeing 787-8 will be introduced from June.
*2 Boeing 787-8 will be introduced from May.
(2)Added flights

*1 Boeing 787-8 will be introduced from July.
(3)Changes in flight schedules

*1 Due to changes in operating schedules, flights originating in Jakarta will be suspended on March 30.
*2 Flight schedule for NH1163 and NH1164 will be changed and operated as NH1167 and NH1160. Due to changes in schedules, NH1160 on March 30 will be suspended.

(4)Suspended and reduced flights

ANA will offer alternative flights to passengers who have made reservations on flights that will be suspended after March 30.

*1 ANA will suspend flights between Narita and London but code-sharing flights with Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd will remain.
*2 Flights NH111 and NH902 will be suspended.
*3 Flights NH953 and NH916 will be suspended.

(5)Service resumed

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Vancouver route from Tokyo (Haneda) will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ERs. Boeing 767-381 ER JA611A (msn 32980) with “Forward together as one Japan” special markings arrives at Tokyo (Narita).

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Reuters: JAL informed the Japanese government by e-mail it was switching to Airbus

JAL-Japan Airlines A350-900 and A350-1000 (11)(Flt)(Airbus)(LR)

JAL-Japan Airlines‘ (Tokyo) private corporate decision to order the Airbus A350 is sending shock waves through the Japanese aviation industry. According to report by Reuters, JAL informed the Japanese government it was switching to Airbus with a large order from Airbus for the A350 rather than the Boeing 777X with a simple e-mail at the time of the public announcement. Japanese companies and Boeing have a close business connection as Japanese companies are actively involved in Boeing projects. As a result, Boeing has always captured a large share of the Japanese market. This order has will undoubtedly change the dynamics between these Japanese companies and Boeing. ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) is fast approaching an order between Airbus and Boeing and is coming under political pressure to order Boeing long-haul aircraft. The Japanese government says it has a hands-off policy. Will Boeing lose again?

Meanwhile Boeing is revamping its marketing strategies (long overdue). Boeing has now lost a long list of airlines to Airbus. Boeing has only taken a few carriers away from Airbus. Embraer and to a lessor extent, Bombardier, are also taking a greater portion of the narrow body market.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

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ANA to introduce new Boeing 787 routes to Singapore, Shanghai and Jakarta

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) is planning to expand capacity on routes between Japan, Asia and North America. ANA issued this report:

ANA Group is set to expand capacity on routes between Japan, Asia and North America in a modification to its international and domestic air transportation plan for second half of FY2013. This expansion will allow the airline to capitalize on the strong demand for travel to Japan and for flights between Asia and North America.On international routes, ANA Group is preparing for the second round of additional takeoff and landing slots for international routes at Haneda Airport. In addition, the airline is increasing the frequency of flights on routes to North America and expanding supply capacity on Asian routes, in line with its strategy to absorb increasing demand for flights to Japan and flights between Asia and North America, transiting in Japan.

These service enhancements will make it more convenient for ANA passengers to travel both domestically and internationally and will improve ANA’s standing as a full-service carrier, further enhancing the Company’s competitive edge.

Details can be found below.

*These plans are subject to the approval of the relevant authorities and may change for certain reasons.

1.International Routes
ANA Group has strengthened its North American route network by increasing flights to New York from October 2012 and by increasing flights to Chicago from September 1. In addition, in order to respond to further increases in demand for flights to Japan and flights between Asia and North America transiting in Japan via the Narita Airport hub, ANA Group will be expanding capacity on Asian routes by introducing larger aircraft.(1) Introduction of Boeing 787-8 on Asian routes

The Boeing 787-8, which is larger than the Boeing 767-300 ER, will be introduced on the routes below.

*All 14 flights will be operated by B787-8 from Sunday, October 27, 2013

(2) Other aircraft changes

(3) Route suspensions and flight reductions

(4) The introduction of premium economy service on Boeing 787-8 aircraft flying long-haul international flights

The premium economy seats and services which have proved extremely popular on Boeing 777-300 ER long-haul international flights (routes to Europe and North America) will be sequentially introduced on to 787* flights.

From September 1, 2013, premium economy service will begin on the Haneda = Frankfurt route, and will subsequently be introduced sequentially onto other routes.
*Seat specifications: Business class 46 seats, premium economy class 21 seats, economy class 102 seats (Total: 169 seats)

ANA Group is planning, at the end of fiscal year 2013, to retire all Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which have served for many years as the Group’s mainstay aircraft model, principally on major routes. For Cargo flights, ANA Group is launching two new routes from Sunday, October 27, 2013. The routes are Narita=Guangzhou and Okinawa=Qingdao, both operated by Boeing 767-300F . Tokyo(Narita)=Guangzhou will serve from above date until Monday, March 3, 2014.
Furthermore, at the end of fiscal 2013, ANA will be taking delivery of its tenth Boeing 767-300F dedicated cargo aircraft, with the aim of expanding cargo business.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. ANA’ Boeing 787-8 JA815A (msn 40899) taxies at Paine Field near Everett, WA.

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Reuters: ANA to acquire a 49% share of Asian Wings Airways

Asian Wings Airways logo

ANA Holdings,  Inc. (ANA-All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) is planning to acquire a 49 percent stake in Asian Wings Airways (Yangon) in Myanmar (formerly Burma) according to a report by Reuters and the Nikkei Business Daily.

According to the report, ANA will acquire the stake for around $30.5 million.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Asian Wings began operations on January 27, 2011 and currently operates three ATR 72-500s and one ex-Alitalia Airbus A321-100 on domestic flights in Myanmar.

Asian Wings Airways A321-FA

Current Routes from Yangon:

Asian Wings Airways 8:2013 Route Map


ANA reports a wiring problem on fire extinguishers on three Boeing 787-8s

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) reported on Wednesday it had discovered wiring problems in the fire extinguishers on three of its Boeing 787-8s.

United Technologies reported yesterday its units were responsible for the problem due to an assembly error. The error has been corrected and all 787s are being inspected with the assistance of Boeing according to this report by Reuters.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 787-8 JA823A (msn 42246) destined for ANA touches down again at Paine Field near Everett after a test flight by Boeing.

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ANA is planning to retire the last Boeing 747 on March 29, 2014

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) is planning to retire the last Boeing 747-400 on March 29, 2014. The last route is tentatively schedule as a flight between Naha, Okinawa and Tokyo (Haneda) per Airline Route.

The airline is currently operating five domestic models on domestic routes in Japan.

ANA added its first Boeing 747SR-81 (JA8133) (above) on December 20, 1978 for its high-density domestic routes. ANA also added its first Boeing 747-281B (JA8174) (below) on June 25, 1986.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747SR-81 JA8145 (msn 22291) taxies at the Haneda Airport hub.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-281B JA8181 (msn 23698) joined the ANA fleet on December 22, 1986 and migrated to NCA on May 26, 1999 as a freighter.

ANA orders three additional Boeing 777-300 ERs

ANA (All Nippon AIrways) (Tokyo) and Boeing have announced ANA has ordered three additional 777-300 ER (extended range) airplanes. The order, valued at approximately $945 million at current list prices, will increase the total number of 777s in ANA’s fleet to 57 airplanes once delivered.  ANA currently operates 26 Boeing 777-300s (see below).

In route news, ANA will increase the number of flights between Tokyo-Narita, and Yangon Airport in Myanmar, to seven flights per week, from three. As a result, there will be a daily service on this route from September 30, 2013. In addition, seat capacity for the route will be increased by replacing the Boeing 737-700 aircraft with the 767-300 ER aircraft.

ANA will also announce the name of a new Narita International Airport-based leisure carrier. The new subsidiary will replace the now failed joint venture with AirAsia, named AirAsia Japan. This unit will served leisure destinations such as Guam and Hawaii and will launch operations with two aircraft. The fleet will expand to five aircraft by March 2014 according to Reuters.

On the financial side, ANA Holdings reported a $57.3 million operating loss for the fiscal first quarter ending on June 30.

ANA Fleet 7:2013 (ANA)

In addition, the flag carrier announced its new in-flight services and the new “Inspiration of JAPAN” tagline and issued this statement:

From late August, 2013, ANA will begin flying aircraft adorned with the tagline ‘Inspiration of JAPAN’, ANA’s brand concept. Alongside of this tagline, ANA will enhance its in-flight services and introduce new services throughout this fiscal year, starting from September.Inspiration of Japan
‘Inspiration of JAPAN’, which is the products and services brand of ANA, will be re-stated as the company tagline and will be designed on all of ANA’s aircraft. This will represent many aspects of the Japanese culture and spirit, including skills in innovation and technology, Japanese courtesy and precision, and the spirit of customer service at the heart of ANA.
In addition to the tagline, national flag of Japan will also be designed at the front of the aircraft in order to emphasize our proud of Japanese heritage to global passengers.THE CONNOISSEURS
The first in-flight service enhancement to be launched in September will be THE CONNOISSEURS project. THE CONNOISSEURS is an in-flight meal team composed of 10 renowned chefs, 5 beverage specialists and 9 of ANA’s own catering chefs, among the most talented of any of the world’s airlines. The team will produce a range of meals and drinks for our international and domestic flights. See ‘Notes to Editors’ section for more information on the chefs and menu.

New First and Business Class Bedding and Amenities 
In First and Business classes on long haul flights, we will introduce new bedding using the latest Japanese innovative technologies. This is a joint development with Nishikawa Sangyo Co., Ltd., the leading bedding manufacturer in Japan.

ANA will also provide a new amenity kit service in Business Class that will surely make passengers relax and enjoy our flights. Passengers will receive a pouch filled with L’OCCITANE products, originating from Provence in southern France.

As the first airline in Japan, and one of the few global airlines being recognized as the highest 5-Star airline by SKYTRAX, ANA will continue to further enhance the services we offer to our customers.


 Tagline Design
New bedding for long-haul flights – Ultimate in cabin comfortANA presents a new selection of bedding, using the latest innovative technologies that are the pride of Nishikawa Sangyo Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese manufacturer of bedding products since its founding in 1566. Based on the theories of its Japan Research Laboratory of Sleep Science, we now offer items such as highly functional Nanofront® fibers from Teijin, and the finest organic materials from Tenerita. We hope you will enjoy your journey above the clouds.First Class
Quality of sleep is determined by multiple factors including posture, bedding texture, weight, heat retention, and breathability. Our ultra-light comforters are made from the highly functional Teijin fibers using the latest technologies from Nishikawa Sangyo. Moreover, its AiR® mattress features a unique structure that disperses body pressure, while its Angel Float® pillow offers a flexible fit even when lying face up or sideways.
Also enjoy our blankets made with the finest cashmere and Tenerita’s organic cotton that meets strict international standards, as well as the double-sided knitted loungewear with a truly soft texture.
Applicable flights: Routes departing from Japan bound for North America and Europe
Applicable class: First Class

The new bedding in First Class represents the best of Nishikawa Sangyo. Pillow, comforter, bed pad, and blanket by Tenerita.

Double-sided knitted loungewear can be taken home after your flight
Business Class
In Business Class, bed pads are Nishikawa Sangyo’s Air Cyclone® customized for the ANA BUSINESS STAGGERED seats. Turning over during sleep is easy due to the unique three-layer structure and moderate resistance. These bed pads also offer excellent breathability and comfort. And because the reverse side is skid resistant, they can also be used as seat cushions. The comforters are Bodyline Quilts that fit your body. We’ve also introduced structural pillows from Nishikawa Sangyo for a perfect fit from your neck to the back of your head.

Applicable flights: Routes departing from Japan bound for North America and Europe (except Honolulu)
*New bed pads will be introduced on flights equipped with ANA BUSINESS STAGGERED seats only.
Applicable class: Business Class
ANA will introduce a bed pad on Business Class for the first time.
Our new service will provide a more relaxing experience
[From left] pillow, comforter, bed pad.
In Business Class, ANA will also start offering an amenity kit containing amenities from L’OCCITANE, a brand focused on the lifestyle of Provence in southern France.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-381 ER JA733A (msn 32648) arrives at London (Heathrow).

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ANA to add two new Boeing 787 routes

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) is planning to introduce the Boeing 787 on two new international routes, bringing the number of overseas destinations it serves with the Dreamliner to eight.

ANA will begin flying the Boeing 787 from Tokyo Narita to Munich on September 1 and Singapore on October 1. ANA will also re-introduce the aircraft on its Tokyo Narita-Seattle/Tacoma route on September 20.

The 787, which offers significantly better fuel efficiency than rival aircraft and new standards of passenger comfort, already serves ANA routes from Tokyo to Frankfurt, San Jose, Beijing, Taipei and Shanghai.

The increase in 787 flights is part of an international expansion plan that will also see ANA double the number of flights between Tokyo Narita and Chicago O’Hare to 14 flights a week starting on September 1 to meet the growth in demand for connections between Asia and North America. In addition, ANA is introducing a larger sized aircraft onto services between Tokyo Narita and Shanghai on September 30.

Increased frequency
Change of aircraft type

*1 Boeing 777-300ER will be installed on NH921 (18:10 departure – 20:15 arrival) and NH922 (10:15 departure – 14:15 arrival). (B777-300ER flight departing Shanghai starts from October 1.)
*2 Boeing 787-8 will be installed on NH901 (17:35 departure – 23:40 arrival) and NH902 (00:45 departure – 08:45 arrival). (B787 flight departing Singapore will start from October 2.)

* Schedule may change according to the equipment and flight conditions on that day.

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA813A (msn 34521) has additional  “Tomo Dachi” markings at Frankfurt.

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ANA to buy out AirAsia’s share of AirAsia Japan, the joint venture to be dissolved

ANA Holdings Inc (ANA-All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) according to Reuters, will buy out AirAsia’s (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) portion of AirAsia Japan (Tokyo-Narita) joint venture for over $25 million. The loss-making entity will be dissolved. AirAsia Japan commenced operations only on August 1, 2012. ANA controls 67 percent of the shares.

ANA is considering its options. The joint venture could be rolled into Peach Aviation.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The AirAsia brand will soon die in Japan. The concept is just not working despite the recent SkyTrax 2013 Awards (below, AirAsia Japan). Airbus A320-216 JA01AJ (msn 5153) arrives at the Narita base.

AirAsia Japan FAs SkyTrax 2013 (AirAsia)(LR)



ANA resumes non-scheduled Boeing 787 flights today

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) today resumed Boeing 787-8 passenger flights on the Sapporo-Tokyo (Haneda) route. The airline is gradually phasing in the previously grounded airliner type with five “non-scheduled” domestic routes. The airline issued this statement:

ANA, Japan’s largest airline, will operate five non-scheduled, domestic flights on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner between May 26 and May 31. This is in advance of the resumption of scheduled 787 services from June 1, 2013. These non-scheduled services are being operated in anticipation of high passenger demand.

ANA has implemented modifications to all 17 of its 787 aircraft and a total of 170 proving flights and cockpit crew training have been safely completed.

Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA, said “The safety of passengers is our number one priority. Modifications for all 787 have been implemented and ANA has undertaken its own additional testing. The 787 remains a game-changing aircraft, important from an environmental, efficiency and passenger comfort perspective.”

<Schedule of additional flights with 787>

* All schedules are subject to approval by relevant authorities.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 JA818A (msn 42243) taxies at Everett (Paine Field) (please click on the photo for the full-size view).

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Video: By AirlineReporter.com.

ANA to resume Boeing 787 operations also on June 1

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) like Japan Airlines, is also planning to restore Boeing 787 service on June 1. The airline is currently conducting test flights on the battery fix.

On the financial side, ANA Holdings, Inc. reported its yearly net profit rose over 53 percent to over $435 million through March 31 despite the grounding on the Boeing 787s.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The latest 787-8 for ANA is the pictured JA818A (msn 42243) at Everett (Paine Field). All others by ANA.

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ANA test flies its Boeing 787s

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) meanwhile test flew its Boeing 787 today. It was the second test flight for the launch customer.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 N1014X became JA802A (msn 34497) on delivery in the Dreamliner special colors.

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ANA to put their 787 pilots through resumption training

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) according to this report by Reuters, is planning to put its Boeing 787-8 pilots through resumption training. Pending recertification by the FAA and the Japanese authorities, the airline is now planning to resume 787 operations in June, possibly first as a freighter to allay any fears by the flying public over the now-being-tested battery system fix.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa. Boeing 787-8 JA802A (msn 34497) climbs away from Tokyo (Narita) in the special 787 colors when it was flying. Will the “787” now be removed from the side of the fuselage?

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Boeing receives FAA approval of certification plan for a 787 battery solution

Boeing (Chicago) has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) of the company’s plan to test and certify improvements to the 787’s battery system. Successful completion of each step within the plan will result in the FAA’s approval to resume commercial 787 flights.

“Our top priority is the integrity of our products and the safety of the passengers and crews who fly on them,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. “Our team has been working around the clock to understand the issues and develop a solution based on extensive analysis and testing following the events that occurred in January. Today’s approval from the FAA is a critical and welcome milestone toward getting the fleet flying again and continuing to deliver on the promise of the 787,” he said.

Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that the company’s focus has been on developing a permanent resolution.

“Working with internal and external experts in battery technology, we have proposed a comprehensive set of solutions designed to significantly minimize the potential for battery failure while ensuring that no battery event affects the continued safe operation of the airplane,” said Conner.

“Our proposal includes three layers of improvements. First, we’ve improved design features of the battery to prevent faults from occurring and to isolate any that do. Second, we’ve enhanced production, operating and testing processes to ensure the highest levels of quality and performance of the battery and its components. Third, in the unlikely event of a battery failure, we’ve introduced a new enclosure system that will keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or being noticed by passengers,” Conner said.

Design feature improvements for the battery include the addition of new thermal and electrical insulation materials and other changes. The enhanced production and testing processes include more stringent screening of battery cells prior to battery assembly. Operational improvements focus on tightening of the system’s voltage range. A key feature of the new enclosure is that it ensures that no fire can develop in the enclosure or in the battery. Additional details of the new design will be provided by Boeing in the days ahead.

Boeing made its certification plan proposal to the FAA in late February. Today the agency agreed that the proposed changes and the detailed test plans address the conditions that resulted in the suspension of 787 operations.

The FAA also granted Boeing permission to begin flight test activities on two airplanes: line number 86, which will conduct tests to demonstrate that the comprehensive set of solutions work as intended in flight and on the ground; and ZA005, which is scheduled to conduct engine improvement tests unrelated to the battery issue. Additional testing may be scheduled as needed.

The certification plan calls for a series of tests that show how the improved battery system will perform in normal and abnormal conditions. The test plans were written based on the FAA’s standards as well as applicable guidelines published by the Radio Technical Commission on Aeronautics (RTCA), an advisory committee that provides recommendations on ways to meet regulatory requirements. The RTCA guidelines were not available when the original 787 battery certification plan was developed.

“We have a great deal of confidence in our solution set and the process for certifying it,” said Conner. “Before 787s return to commercial service, our customers and their passengers want assurance that the improvements being introduced will make this great airplane even better. That’s what this test program will do.”

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. ANA’s (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-8 JA801A (msn 34488) in the special Dreamliner special colors lands at Everett (Paine Field) with Boeing’s facilities in the background.

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ANA introduces its 60th Anniversary logojet

ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) today (February 23) introduced its 60th anniversary logojet named “Yume Jet – You and Me” (Dream Jet).

The company was established as the Japan Helicopter and Aeroplane Transports Company, Ltd. in December 1952. Helicopter services commenced in February 1953.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa. Freshly out of the paint shop, Boeing 767-381 JA8674 (msn 25661) is pictured on its short final approach to Tokyo Haneda’s runway 34L on a ferry flight from Osaka( Itami), prior to its first service from Tokyo.
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Update by Reuters on the NTSB investigation of the Boeing 787 batteries

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

ANA (Tokyo) changed defective batteries 10 times before the well-publicized incident: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 JA814A (msn 34493) lands at Everett (Paine Field) before it was handed over to ANA.

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ANA Boeing 787-8 makes an emergency landing at Takamatsu, ANA and JAL ground their 787s for safety checks

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has reported a new incident involving one of its Boeing 787-8s. Boeing 787-8 JA804A (msn 34486) was operating domestic flight NH 692 from Ube to Tokyo (Haneda) when it was forced to make an emergency landing in Takamatsu, Japan today (January 16) after the flight crew received a cockpit message about battery problems. There was a reported burning smell in the cockpit and the cabin according to this report by Yahoo! News. Passengers and crew members evacuated the aircraft on landing.

Boeing and FAA continue their safety investigation into the on-going problems of the 787.

As a result, both ANA and JAL have voluntarily grounded their 787s for further safety checks. Other airlines, including United Airlines, continue to operate their 787s. The new 787 routes flown by both ANA and JAL have been suspended.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Sister-ship Boeing 787-8 JA807A (msn 34508) taxies across the ramp at Tokyo (Haneda).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Shige Sakaki. The affected aircraft, Boeing 787-8 JA804A (msn 34486), arrives at Tokyo (Haneda).

ANA 787-8 JA804A (82-787)(Grd) HND (SGS)(LRW)

Meanwhile ANA is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a special new video:

ANA brings the first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on revenue service to Seattle/Tacoma

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) yesterday (October 1) operated the first revenue flight into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The pictured Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA814A (msn 34493) resting at SEA made the historic flight on the Tokyo (Narita)-SEA route. However a problem with the onboard air conditioning system forced the 24-hour cancellation and delay of the return segment. Boeing replaced the faulty system with another system while the airliner was parked overnight at SEA.

Read the full report from The Seattle Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Dan Cowdin. The pictured 787-8 JA814A was handed over to ANA on September 24, 2012.


ANA announces new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner routes

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has announced new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner routes. The airline will launch the Tokyo (Narita)-San Jose, California route on January 11, 2013. In addition, the company is starting Tokyo (Narita)-Seattle/Tacoma nonstop service on October 1, 2012 and Tokyo (Haneda)-Beijing flights on October 28, 2012.

Read the full report on all new services: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Brand new 787-8 JA803A (msn 34485) awaits delivery at Paine Field near Everett.


ANA grounds some of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners due to a faulty Rolls-Royce engine component

ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tkoyo) has grounded some of its Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner fleet due to an engine component issue on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

Rolls-Royce has admitted there is a component with a reduced service life and is replacing the component. The problem could lead to an engine corrosion issue according to this report by Reuters.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Meanwhile the new type has received rave reviews from passengers according to a survey by the airline. Here is the statement by ANA:

“Nine in ten passengers who have flown on the Boeing 787 with ANA say their overall experience met or exceeded expectations, according to a customer survey showing very high levels of satisfaction with the comfort and performance of the Dreamliner.

A similar number expressed a preference or strong preference for flying in the Dreamliner over other aircraft and a quarter of passengers said they would go out of their way to book a flight on the 787 again.

The results of the survey, the first to be carried out since the 787 entered service with ANA in October last year, show that passengers are attracted by the unique features of the Dreamliner, which include higher cabin humidity and lower cabin altitude, more headroom and larger windows and overhead luggage bins than conventional aircraft.

Four in five passengers said the higher humidity levels in the 787 – made possible by the composite fuselage structure – met or exceeded expectations while 92 per cent responded that cabin ambience was as good as or better than they had expected.

The survey among nearly 800 passengers flying long-haul on the Dreamliner between Tokyo and Frankfurt, also found that:
· Air quality and cabin pressure met or exceeded expectations for nine in ten passengers
· Four in ten passengers felt that headroom was better than expected
· Cabin lighting exceeded expectations for 90 per cent of passengers
· The lavatories – which feature windows as standard – exceeded expectations for half of all passengers
· Eight in ten passengers said the amount of personal space met or exceeded expectations
· Smoothness of the flight was as good as or better than expected for 87 per cent of passengers

Passengers also commented favourably on the unique ‘electronic shades’ which allow them to adjust the amount of light coming through their window at the touch of a button. Nearly half of passengers said window dimmability was better than they expected while a further 38 per cent said it fully met expectations. The size of the Dreamliner’s windows – which are 20 per cent bigger than those on competing aircraft – exceeded expectations among four in ten passengers and met them for a further 50 per cent.

Appreciation of the unique characteristics of the Dreamliner was greater amongst those who fly often, with more frequent flyers saying that window size and dimmability, seat comfort, air quality, air pressure and humidity exceeded their expectations than other passengers.

Of the 780 passengers who were surveyed, just over half (54 per cent) flew fewer than six times a year while only 10 per cent took more than 25 round trips by plane a year. Of those surveyed, two thirds were flying economy and one third in Business Class. Just under three quarters were male. Four in ten passengers had chosen the flight intentionally because it was on a Dreamliner and only 12 per cent of those surveyed had never heard of the plane before they got on board.

Some 98 per cent of passengers said they would like to fly again on the Dreamliner with ANA or another airline or go out of their way to do so. One passenger commented: ‘Humidity is the big change compared to other planes.’ Another observed: ‘The shape of the wings is wonderful’.

ANA is the launch customer for the 787 and is due to take delivery of 55 Dreamliners by 2017. The revolutionary aircraft is a key element in ANA’s plan to expand international operations over the next few years. ANA is currently operating the 787 on eight domestic routes and Haneda – Frankfurt route. ANA is due to launch new 787 services from Tokyo to Seattle and San Jose on the US West Coast in the current fiscal year ending March, 2013.

ANA today separately announces that the 787 has exceeded expectations in terms of fuel efficiency. At launch, it was anticipated that the 787 would save 20% in fuel for each international flight, but ANA is pleased to confirm that the saving amounts to 21% per flight. In the 6 months since ANA’s first 787 flight, this saving equates to around 5,000 kiloliters of fuel compared with the 767, or the equivalent of the fuel used for the Tokyo-Frankfurt route over one month.”

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-881 JA811A (msn 34502) is seen at Everett (Paine Field) before it was handed over to the carrier.


ANA says the 787 dimmable windows are not dark enough for its long range flights

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) wants a change from Boeing for its Boeing 787 Dreamliners operated on its long-range flights. According to the airline and this article by Reuters, the cabin lights on the aircraft are not dark enough for its passengers to sleep on its overnight flights. It has asked Boeing to come up with a solution.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.



ANA adjusts the number of Boeing 787-9 aircraft on order

ANA (All Nippon Airways) has adjusted the number of Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners on order. The four 787-8s that were due to be delivered in fiscal year 2013 and onwards will now be replaced by four 787-9 aircraft. This will give ANA greater flexibility as it expands its international route network.

The total number of Dreamliners on order remains at 55 but now the order will be split at 36 787-8 and 19 787-9 aircraft. ANA has taken delivery of seven 787-8 Dreamliners. The new type has been assigned to domestic routes and also on the Tokyo (Haneda)-Frankfurt route. The carrier plans to launch new 787 service from Tokyo to both Seattle/Tacoma and San Jose, California in the current fiscal year.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa.



ANA announces the corporate formation of ANA Holdings and company reorganization

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) is moving to a holding company structure. The reorganization plan was approved by the ANA board of directors yesterday. The company is also adopting a multi-brand strategy.

Here is the statement by the airline:

“As was announced on February 17, 2012, studies have been ongoing with a view to moving to a holding company structure on April 1, 2013. At the meeting of Board of Directors of our company (hereafter referred to as the (”Company”) held on May 15, 2012, it was resolved that all business in which the Company is engaged (excluding, however, businesses regarding control or supervision of the companies in which shares are held by the Company and businesses regarding group management; hereafter referred to as the “Business”) should be transferred by means of a company split to ANA HOLDINGS INC. (the corporate name is scheduled to be changed to ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS COMPANY, LTD. on April 1, 2013; hereafter referred to as the “Successor Company”), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD. An absorption-type split agreement was signed on the same day between the Company and the Successor Company (such absorption-type company split shall be hereafter referred to as the “Absorption-type Company Split”). The effective date for the Absorption-type Company Split shall be April 1, 2013.

The Absorption-type Company Split and the amendments to the Articles of Incorporation (changes of corporate name and business purpose) are conditional on the related agenda items being approved at the 67th
Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders scheduled to be held on June 19, 2012 and on any necessary approvals being granted by the relevant governing authorities.

Subsequent to the Absorption-type Company Split, as of April 1, 2013, the corporate name of the Company shall be changed to ANA HOLDINGS INC., and its business purpose shall be revised to be in line with the move to a holding company structure.”

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Copyright Photo: Micharl B. Ing.


ANA reports $1.2 billion operating profit for the fiscal year ending on March 31

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) reported a $1.2 billion operating profit for its fiscal year ending on March 31.

The airline issued the following statement:

“For the fiscal year ended March, 2012, operating income rose 43 percent to 97.0 billion yen and recurring profit increased by 85 percent to 68.4 billion yen on the back of a 4 percent advance in operating revenues to 1,411.5 billion yen. Net income for the period was 28.1 billion yen compared with 23.3 billion yen the previous year. The dividend per share will be 4 yen.”

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.


Boeing and ANA celebrate the delivery of 787-881 JA808A using a biofuel

Boeing (Chicago) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) made aviation history yesterday (April 16) as the new 787-881 Dreamliner JA808A (msn 34490) flew for the first time powered in part by sustainable biofuels on its delivery flight.

The delivery flight between Boeing’s Delivery Center in Everett, Washington and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport is also the first ever trans-Pacific biofuel flight.

JA808A flew with biofuel made mainly from used cooking oil and emitted an estimated 30 percent less CO2 emissions when compared to today’s similarly-sized airplanes. Of the reduction in greenhouse gasses, about 10 percent can be attributed to the use of biofuel and approximately 20 percent to the technology and efficiency advancements offered by the Dreamliner.

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon. Now in service, sister ship JA805A departs from Frankfurt.

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ANA to resume Tokyo Narita-Yangon flights after 12 years

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) will resume Tokyo (Narita)-Yangon (Myanmar) flights this year after 12 years of dormancy due to the previous political situation. Relations between the two countries is warming.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa. Air Nippon was merged into ANA on April 1, 2012.


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ANA announces its strategy for the coming years

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has announced it strategic plans for the next two fiscal years (this is a common practice in Japan).

The highlights of the plan are:

1. A 22 per cent increase in ANA’s international operations in two years.

2. Increase in operating income to ¥110 billion in FY2012 and ¥130 billion in FY2013.

3. Adoption of multi-brand strategy and switch to holding company structure.

4. Further efficiency measures to reduce Group costs by ¥100 billion.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

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AirAsia wins Japanese approval for AirAsia Japan

AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) has announced it has acquired the necessary approvals from Japanese government in order to begin low-fare flights in Japan.

AirAsia and ANA (Tokyo) announced last year they had formed a new joint venture to establish a low-fare airline based in Tokyo (Narita).

AirAsia (Japan) is now expected to commence operations in August.

Read the report from the Straits Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: K.C. Sim. The Year of the Dragon. Please click on the photo for information on this unique logojet.

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ANA’s third quarter net profit drops by 10%, pilots threaten a strike tomorrow

ANA’s (All Nippon Airways) (ANA Group) (Tokyo) net profit for the first nine months was 33.8 billion yen ($443 million), down from 37.5 billion yen a year earlier. This represents a 10 percent drop, due mainly to higher corporate taxes.

The company issued the following guidance:

“ANA Group, Japan’s largest airline group,
today reported its consolidated financial results for the first nine months of fiscal year 2011.

Operating revenues for the first nine months of the fiscal year 2011 rose three percent to 1,069.8 billion yen, while operating income
increased by 17.3 percent to 91.1 billion yen and recurring profit by 22.5 percent to 71.4 billion yen. Net income for the period was 33.7
billion yen compared with 37.5 billion yen the previous year.

Although economic conditions domestically and internationally remain challenging, ANA is working strenuously to stimulate demand, reduce costs and improve its competitiveness as a network carrier and in October became the first airline in the world to operate the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

As a result of these different initiatives and the
strength of the yen, ANA has revised upwards its forecast for operating income and recurring profit for fiscal year 2011, although operating
revenues are expected to remain flat.

Japan’s economy continues to recover gradually from the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 last year, but the outlook globally remains uncertain owing to rising oil prices, the government bond crisis affecting the Eurozone and exchange rate fluctuations. ANA has responded to this challenging economic environment by working to stimulate demand for both its domestic and international routes, and
has rolled out approximately 30.0 billion yen in emergency cost improvement measures to minimize the impact on revenues. From November 1 last year, ANA began flying the Boeing 787, as a world’s first regularly scheduled service, and from January 21, began service on a new international route, Toyko Haneda-Frankfurt, further enhancing its
competitiveness as a network carrier.”

Read the full report from the Business Recorder: CLICK HERE

In other news, the pilots are threatening a strike tomorrow. ANA has issued the following statement:

“ANA Group regrets the threatened 24-strike on February 1st announced by its pilot unions and is continuing urgent negotiations with the unions concerned to avert industrial action and the disruption to passenger services it will cause.

Should the unnecessary strike go ahead, ANA will do everything possible to minimize the impact on passengers and services. No international flights will be affected. However domestic flights could regrettably be subject to cancellation and/or delay.”

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.


Hawaiian to introduce the Airbus A330 on the Osaka Kansai route on April 21

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) will upgrade the daily Honolulu-Osaka (Kansai) route on April 21 by replacing the older Boeing 767-300 ERs on the route to newer Airbus A330-200s per Airline Route.

In other news, Hawaiian and ANA today (January 16) announced the expansion of their marketing and operational partnership with the signing of a code-share agreement for passenger flights within Japan and Hawaii. The agreement was signed between Shinichiro Ito, President and CEO of ANA, andMark Dunkerley, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaiian and ANA commenced cargo code-sharing in December 2010. Under this agreement, ANA placed its “NH” code on Hawaiian’s daily Haneda-Honolulu service.

Starting on January 19, 2012, ANA customers will be able to book connecting flights on Hawaiian Airlines between Honolulu andKailua-Kona/ Lihue/ Hilo and Kahului through ANA. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines will place its flight code on ANA operated flights between Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport and Honolulu, as well as flights that connect to Hawaiian’s own daily Haneda service from Chitose, Osaka (Itami),Osaka (Kansai), Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Oita, Kagoshima and Okinawa, enabling its customers to book these flights directly through Hawaiian.

ANA and Hawaiian started a joint Frequent Flyer Program on December 28, 2011. With this partnership, ANA Mileage Club members can now earn and redeem miles on all Hawaiian Airlines operated neighbor island flights. At the same time, Hawaiian’s HawaiianMiles members can now earn and redeem miles on all ANA operated codeshare flights.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for additional information on the aircraft.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Shinichiro Ito (left), President and CEO of ANA, and Mark Dunkerley, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, signed an agreement expanding the partnership between the two carriers to include code-sharing on passenger flights in Japan and Hawaii and mileage-earning benefits with their frequent flyer programs. (PRNewsFoto/Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.)

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ANA to add “787” on the forward fuselage for all future Dreamliner deliveries

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has unveiled the design of its third Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The number “787” will be painted in a large bold blue font on the forward fuselage for all further 787 deliveries starting with its third Dreamliner onwards during its FY 2012. The first two Dreamliners were painted in a special livery to celebrate the launch of 787 operations. ANA is the launch customer for the new type.

Images: ANA.

ANA delays further 787 introductions, will add Dreamliner service to Seattle/Tacoma and San Jose

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has announced a delay in start-up dates for Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to Beijing and Frankfurt due to “productivity reason”.

Tokyo (Haneda)-Beijing will be delayed from December to January 14, 2012 and Haneda-Frankfurt from January 21 to January 31.

In addition, ANA has announced new 787 service to both Seattle/Tacoma and San Jose, CA will start sometime after April 1, 2012 depending on delivery schedules.

Copyright Photos: Michael B. Ing. The special mood lighting on ANA’s 787 JA802A is dramatically displayed in these photos.


Air Nippon to be merged into ANA

Air Nippon (Tokyo), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ANA, will be merged onto ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) based on the decision of both board of directors today (November 25).

Air Nippon was founded by ANA, Japan Airlines-JAL and TOA Domestic as Nippon Kinkyori Airways-NKK in March 1974 and commenced operations on October 10,1974. The name Air Nippon was adopted in 1987 and the abbreviation ANK comes from the full, somewhat redundant name Air Nippon Kabushiki kaisha.

In April 2004 Air Nippon adopted ANA’s livery and currently uses ANA flight numbers.

Copyright Photo: Nobuhiro Horimoto.

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