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ANA receives its first Airbus A380, will go into service on May 24

ANA's first Airbus A380 on first flight, in Lani livery, became JA381A

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, has received the first of its three Airbus A380 aircraft. ANA and Airbus held a ceremony in Toulouse, France on March 20, 2019 to mark the handover of the plane as well as acknowledge the importance of the airline’s relationship with Airbus. Media events are also scheduled to take place in Japan after the aircraft touches down at Narita airport.

ANA’s new Airbus A380 will enter service on May 24, 2019 traveling between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu, Hawaii. The airplane is designed to provide maximum comfort to up to 520 passengers on this popular route with its premium layout seating. The upper deck is home to eight First Class suites, 56 Business Class seats that convert to fully flat beds and 73 Premium Economy seats. The main deck will have 383 Economy Class seats, including 60 couch seats. This makes ANA the first in Japan to introduce a couch seat concept. Each couch is comprised of three or four seats and passengers are able to lie on the seats by folding up the leg rests. In addition to expanded passenger space, the aircraft offers heightened internet options as well as other advanced in-flight entertainment features.

“We will commit all three of our Airbus A380 to the Tokyo Honolulu route with the goal of introducing a new level of luxury service to our passengers flying ANA on the number one resort route for Japanese travelers,” said Shinya Katanozka, President and CEO of ANA HOLDINGS INC. “We believe the A380 will become a game changer for ANA and will enable us to increase our market share by doubling the number of seats connecting Honolulu and Tokyo by 2020. The FLYING HONU is designed to offer unprecedented comfort and convenience and a world of new possibilities to ANA passengers, something that would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Airbus and Rolls-Royce teams working closely with the dedicated professionals at ANA.”

ANA’s first Airbus A380 sports bold Hawaiian Sky Blue Flying Honu-inspired livery. The second A380 plane will boast Hawaiian Ocean Emerald Green livery and is expected to roll out of the paint shop on March 25, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: ANA (All Nippon Airways) Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (JA381A) (msn 262) (Lani) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 945707.

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ANA’s delivery ceremony of the first Airbus A380 (watch live)

From Airbus:

Come watch with us the official delivery ceremony of the first Airbus A380 to All Nippon Airways (ANA). ANA has firm orders for three A380s, becoming the first customer for the superjumbo in Japan. The airline will operate the aircraft on the popular leisure Narita-Honolulu route. The three ANA A380s will be painted in a special livery depicting sea turtles which are native to Hawaii. This particular livery is one of the most elaborate ever painted by Airbus. It took 21 days for the Airbus team to paint a surface of 3,600m2 using 16 different shades of color.

ANA Holdings acquires a 9.5% state in PAL Holdings

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-3F6 ER RP-C7773 (msn 38718) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945498.

ANA Holdings has made this announcement:

ANA Holdings, Inc., parent of All Nippon Airways (ANA), will invest $95 million US dollars in PAL Holdings Inc. and acquire 9.5% of PAL Holding’s outstanding shares. PAL Holdings is the parent of Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL), the Philippine flag carrier and the largest airline in the Philippines.

ANA HD will acquire the shares from Trustmark Holdings Corporation, which is owned by the Lucio Tan family and is the largest shareholder of PAL Holdings.

In line with the Mid-Term Corporate Strategy for FY2018-2022, the ANA Group is expanding its international group network, which is considered its main growth pillar, and strengthening its partnerships with foreign airlines to provide further convenience to its passengers.

This purchase underscores ANA HD’s belief in the dynamism of the Asian region and the great potential of the Philippines’ multi-awarded flag carrier and its confidence that the Philippine air travel market will continue to serve as an economic leader for the ASEAN region.

Additionally, the investment by ANA HD heralds the dawn of a new era of growth for PAL, which has embarked on a full-scale expansion program that has seen its fleet and network grow to almost 100 aircraft and 80 destinations in four continents. This campaign has coincided with an emphasis on product transformation that saw PAL recognized recently as the World’s Most Improved Airline for 2019.

ANA operates 14 flights weekly on 2 routes to the Philippines and Philippine Airlines currently operates 84 flights weekly on 9 routes to Japan. The two carriers have codeshare operations on Japan – Philippine routes and domestic routes within Japan and the Philippines, linking a total of 16 Japanese and 11 Philippine destinations.

Completion of the investment is subject to certain closing conditions.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by PAL): Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-3F6 ER RP-C7773 (msn 38718) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945498.

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ANA Holdings to order 48 Airbus and Boeing narrow body aircraft for ANA and Peach

ANA Holdings voted today at its board meeting to place an order for a total of 48 aircraft, which include 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 18 Airbus A320neo. Deliveries are scheduled from FY2021 to FY2025.

The decision was based on the economic growth of Asia and emerging countries, with demand in the Asian aviation market and inbound demand on the rise. ANA HD and Peach Aviation Limited each selected its own optimum aircraft to fit its strategy to further grow. The specific markets that will be served by the new order have not been finalized.

Boeing 737 MAX 8, a first for a Japanese airline, is more spacious compared to the current aircraft and creates a comfortable atmosphere. The aircraft is also fuel efficient and is expected to improve the efficiency by approximately 15%. Given the plane’s benefits to the domestic market, it will succeed the current Boeing 737 NG series. ANA HD decided to place 30 aircraft on order, including 10 optional.

The Airbus A320neo, which currently serves ANA international routes, was chosen for its excellent fuel efficiency and cruising performance to support Peach’s current strategy, and an order for 18 aircraft will be placed.

ANA Group will maintain safety, which is the foundation of ANA Group’s business, enhance customer-oriented quality and service, and proactively invest to aircraft to steadily implement growth strategy.

ANA Group announces its fiscal year 2019 flight schedule

ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA823A (msn 42246) "787" HND (TMK Photography). Image: 945375.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) flight schedule.

Based on the rising global demand for air travel, ANA has expanded its network of routes, placing an emphasis on international flights. During FY2019, ANA plans to proactively develop new routes to areas where service was not previously available. New destinations include Perth in Western Australia and Chennai in Southern India. These decisions were based on ANA Group’s Mid-Term Corporate Strategy for FY2018-2022. ANA will further strengthen the “Tokyo Metropolitan Dual Hub Model” that makes full use of both Haneda and Narita airports.

ANA will continue to maintain and improve profitability by optimizing the size of the aircraft in accordance with demand trends and the competitive environment, all while also flexibly adjusting aircraft types in use.

Building upon the changes to its passenger side, ANA’s potential to meet demand for cargo transport will also increase with the introduction of a new Boeing 777F large-scale air freighter. This coincides with projected increases in demand over the medium to long term for routes between Asia and North America.

The airline also aims to further increase the comfort of passengers by introducing new state-of-the-art aircraft, products and services.

ANA will employ Japan’s first Airbus A380 aircraft on its Hawaii route, providing a new travel experience.

In addition, ANA plans to improve profitability by introducing the Boeing 787-10, the latest model in the Boeing 787 series, to its Southeast Asian routes. This new addition is expected to capture the increasing demand for connection traffic via Japan.

Below are the details of ANA’s schedule and frequency for the international, domestic, and freighter routes.

  • *Flight plans are subject to government approval. All schedules are subject to change.

International Routes

Following the launch of the Haneda-Vienna route on February 17, 2019, ANA will continue opening up new routes worldwide. On September 1, Narita = Perth daily service will be available and Narita = Chennai daily service will be available for the 2019 winter schedule period. These are cities where there are no direct flights from Japan. The new flights will provide convenient travel options for ANA passengers and appeal to the increasing number of travelers flying these routes.

ANA is expecting the flow of people and goods in the Asia-Pacific region to further expand with the strengthening of key economic partnerships such as RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership). By opening a new route, ANA will contribute to expanding commercial exchange between Japan and Australia as well as between Japan and India. The new routes will also strengthen the air travel network in the Asia-Oceania region, and further enhancing the presence of ANA in this vital market.

  • (1) New routes

    • 1.Narita = Perth
      From Sept. 1, 2019, ANA will be the first airline in Japan to provide a route from Narita to Perth, Australia. This will be ANA’s second destination in Oceania.
  • – In addition to business demand from key industries – including mineral resources and natural resources – ANA will capture the increasing demand for travel to and from Japan.
  • – Perth is said to be the “most beautiful city in the world” and is Western Australia’s largest city. It features an elegant blend of historic and modern architecture with public green spaces.
  • – Since the seasons are reversed in Japan and Perth, there is a stable market for two-way leisure travel throughout the year.

Reservation and sales will start on Feb. 7, 2019.

    • 2.Narita = Chennai
      Starting in winter 2019, ANA will begin to operate flights from Narita to Chennai, India, marking the first direct connection between Japan and Chennai. This will be the third destination in India that ANA will offer service to.
  • – India sends many visitors to Japan, and demand for travel to the country is increasing annually as economic growth continues. ANA intends to capitalize on this growth by opening the only direct flight from Japan to South India.
  • – Chennai has the second largest port in India and has an established automobile industry. Chennai is also called the “Detroit of India,” so cargo demand can be anticipated in addition to passenger demand.
  • – In addition, ANA will acquire travel demand from neighboring areas including Bengaluru (Bangalore) and Hyderabad, which are growing rapidly as the base of the Indian IT industry.

Information about the launch date, schedule, aircraft and timing for the start of sales will be announced when it becomes available.

  • (2) Resumed routes and increased frequency
  • (3) Changes in aircraft
    Starting May 24, 2019, ANA will start operating the world’s largest passenger aircraft – the Airbus A380 – between Narita and Honolulu. The route will start with three round trips per week and will be expanded to 10 round trips per week from July 1, 2019, when ANA introduces its second Airbus A380 aircraft.

In addition, a 294 seat Boeing 787-10 (the latest and longest model in the Boeing 787 series) will serve the Narita – Singapore route from April 26, 2019, and Narita – Bangkok starting July 1, 2019, in order to capture the increasing demand for connection traffic via Japan.

Domestic Routes

ANA will continue its Haneda = Ishigaki, Haneda = Okinawa and Haneda = Hiroshima routes to capture the significant demand for travel between these destinations. In addition, ANA will increase the number of Narita = Nagoya (Chubu) flights to meet demand for international connections from the region to flights such as Narita = Honolulu flying on an Airbus A380. By providing customers visiting Japan access to flights all over the country, ANA will further increase its network of both domestic and international routes.

ANA will continue to maintain and improve profitability by optimizing the size of its aircraft in accordance with demand trends and market factors while also flexibly adjusting aircraft types in use.

  • (1) Resumed routes and increased frequency

Cargo Route

Cargo demand between Asia and North America is expected to increase over the medium to long term and ANA will respond with the introduction of a Boeing 777F aircraft capable of transporting large cargo. As freight demand grows alongside passenger demand, ANA will actively work to increase its share of both.

  • (1) New routes
  • (2) Changes in aircraft
  • (3) Reduced frequency
  • (4) Suspended routes
    Midnight flights will be suspended due to changes in the market demand.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by ANA): ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA823A (msn 42246) “787” HND (TMK Photography). Image: 945375.
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ANA announces its Airbus A380 flight schedule, a new route to Perth

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced the schedule for the first Japanese-operated Airbus A380, which will fly between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu starting on May 24, 2019.

 

Sales for this flight will begin on Jan. 10, 2019 for the newly introduced First Class and ANA COUCHii in Economy Class.

ANA currently has two flights departing from Tokyo Narita to Honolulu. Starting May 24, the earlier flight will be serviced by its first Airbus A380 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Then, starting on July 1, 2019 the second A380 will start operating, and the A380 will begin servicing the earlier flight on a daily basis. The A380 will service the later flight on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays*1. This will result in a total of ten roundtrips per week serviced by the A380, all other Narita-Honolulu flights will be operated on a Boeing 787-9.

The special aircraft will accommodate First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, Economy Class seats and ANA COUCHii seats, a first for a Japanese carrier. The First Class and ANA COUCHii seats will go on sale starting January 10, 3:00 p.m. (Japan Time). Meanwhile, passengers who have already purchased tickets in the remaining classes will be notified that their seats have changed to the FLYING HONU after January 4.

Furthermore, to commemorate the launch of the FLYING HONU, ANA will be running special campaigns for flights departing between May 24 and July 11. The campaigns include offering a discount of up to 50 percent on the ANA COUCHii and allowing ANA Mileage Club members unlimited access to available seats in Premium Economy and Economy Class to book their award tickets. ANA Mileage Club members will also have a chance to gain back all of their miles used for buying the award ticket.

The FLYING HONU is a product of ANA’s continued commitment to improving the travel experience, while helping passengers reach the world’s premier tourist destinations.

*1 The operation dates and aircraft types are subject to government approval and may change without notice.

In other news, All Nippon Airways (ANA) will begin offering services between Tokyo and Perth, Australia in September 2019. The flight will be based out of Narita International Airport and offer direct services to Perth, Australia’s fourth largest city. This makes ANA the first Japanese carrier to fly to Perth from Japan on a regular basis.

The announcement of this new route comes as ANA is preparing to extend services to Vienna, Austria in February 2019. As ANA continues seeking to better serve consumers worldwide, it will do everything possible to expand its network to so far un-served destinations and make traveling as safe, pleasant and convenient as possible.

All images by ANA.

First Look: The first ANA Airbus A380 is rolled out of the paint shop

Airbus has rolled out of the paint shop the first Airbus A380. The pictured A380-841 JA381A (msn 262) is also the first A380 in the new special livery (Lani).

Top Photo: Airbus.

Previously ANA made this announcement about the upcoming Airbus A380 service and special liveries:

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and only 5-Star airline, has announced the features of Japan’s first Airbus A380, launching in spring 2019.

This aircraft will be introduced on ANA’s Tokyo – Honolulu service, and each cabin is specially designed to meet the passenger’s needs on this route. Honolulu is loved by many Japanese families, couples, newlyweds, and Hawaii is a popular destination for their vacations and honeymoons. With this in mind, ANA aims to make their experience onboard more comfortable by strategically designing the cabin features in order to meet their unique needs while providing them with a once in a lifetime experience.

  • 1.Three Designs for the Special Livery Aircraft
    In March 2017, ANA announced the special livery motif FLYING HONU. At the time, the design ANA introduced was blue, an homage to the Hawaiian blue sky. ANA is pleased to announce two more colors, green and orange. The emerald green is inspired by the crystal clear waters of the Hawaiian ocean and orange is a reference to the beautiful Hawaiian sunset.In order to make this triad, the FLYING HONUs, more familiar to everyone, ANA has created a character from each aircraft. The blue character is named “Lani,” meaning sky, while the emerald green character is named “Kai,” meaning ocean, and the orange character is named “Ka La,” from the Hawaiian word meaning sunset.

  • 2.Configuration and Seat Products

    In order to provide the perfect trip, ANA has designed each cabin to accommodate a host of needs for passengers of all ages. For example, on the upper deck, ANA has introduced eight First Class seats, 56 Business Class seats, and 73 Premium Economy seats.

    This marks the first time ANA has offered First Class on this resort route, and its aim is to provide passengers with a luxurious onboard experience. Each seat features its own door and provides passengers with the privacy they need to enjoy their personal space.

    ANA’s Business Class is a popular option for passengers on honeymoons and family vacations. Therefore, compared to other aircraft where seats are staggered, this revolutionary Business Class offers pairs of seats, allowing passengers to enjoy and share their exciting travel experience sitting next to each other while still keeping all seats with aisle access.

    Furthermore, while Premium Economy on other aircraft has about 20 seats, the FLYING HONUs offer 73, allowing more passengers the opportunity to experience the premium features.

    The main deck will have 383 Economy Class seats, which includes 60 couch seats. This makes ANA the first in Japan to introduce a couch seat concept. Each couch is comprised of three or four seats and passengers are able to lie on the seats by folding up the leg rests. In addition, passengers will receive a dedicated mattress that will provide them with further comfort. This new seat concept will especially enable passengers traveling with small children to have a more relaxed experience in the cabin.

  • 3.Cabin Interiors
    The cabin interiors have also been strategically designed in order for the passengers to feel the spirit of Hawaii from the moment they board the aircraft. The walls and lights have been arranged in such a way as to illustrate Hawaii’s enviable blue skies, sunrises, sunsets, night skies and iconic rainbows.

    • All classes will have access to bar counters. Lastly, behind the main deck, ANA has created a multi-purpose room where new mothers will be able to tend to their babies and passengers will be able to change before arriving at their destination.

    • 4.Concept

      ANA also created a new concept name called “ANA HAWAii.” By flipping the “ii” 180 degrees, it turns into two exclamation points. This symbolizes the numerous excitements that passengers are able to experience including cabin features, and promotions, as well as the grand opening of a new ANA Lounge at Honolulu Airport.

    All images by ANA.