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JAL and ANA operated this Boeing 787 for the torch relay of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (now rescheduled)

2020 Tokyo Olympic Torch relay aircraft

JAL and ANA jointly operated this Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (JA837J) for the torch relay flight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The aircraft carries the logos of both carriers.

JA837J is pictured arriving at Tokyo (Narita) (NRT) on March 20 after completing the mission carrying the torch from Athens to JASDF Matsushima Air Base. This livery was applied for about only a week, until the plane got repainted to the regular JAL scheme soon after this landing.

This will become a very rare photo since the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been rescheduled for July 23, 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL and ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA837J (msn 34860) (Tokyo 2020) NRT (Akira Uekawa). Image: 949531.

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ANA cuts more flights for the summer season

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will temporarily change its flight frequency to and from select cities.

Changes to the FY2020 summer schedule (March 29 – April 24)
A total of 11 flights serving 9 routes to the following cities will be affected by the changes announced today, bringing the total number of affected flights during the summer schedule (March 29 – April 24) to 3,943 serving 71 different routes.

  • * Before the changes, ANA planned to serve a total of 4,653 flights serving 72 routes from March 29 until April 24.

Today’s announcement is marked in yellow and unaffected flights are marked in grey.

Asia / Oceania

North America / Panpacific


Flight schedule for Narita = Hong Kong (NH1929/1930)

ANA will continue to closely monitor the situation and will take appropriate action when needed.

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ANA to temporarily suspend service on domestic routes due to the coronavirus

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will reduce its flight frequency on select domestic cities.

Domestic flights to the following cities from March 6 – 12 will be affected:

ANA will continue to closely monitor the situation and will take appropriate action when needed.

International flights:

In light of reduced passenger demand due to the spread of the new-type coronavirus, we have decided additionally to temporarily suspend, reduce the number of flights, or downsize aircraft for the following international routes.

International Services: Temporary Suspensions / Reductions / Aircraft Downsizing

  • The symbol “=” indicates the locations between which the route is operated.
Routes to/from Tokyo (Narita)
Sector Flight No. Date Response
Tokyo(Narita)  =  Wuhan NH937/NH938 January 23 – March 28 Suspended *1
Tokyo(Narita) = Beijing NH955/NH956 February 10 – March 28 Suspended *1
Tokyo(Narita) = Shanghai(Pudong) NH919/NH920 February 10 – March 28 Downsized
Tokyo(Narita) = Shanghai(Pudong) NH959/NH960 February 10 – March 1 Downsized
Tokyo(Narita) = Shanghai(Pudong) NH959/NH960 March 2 – March 28 Suspended
Announced on Feb. 25
Tokyo(Narita) = Shanghai(Pudong) NH921/NH922 February 10 – March 28 Suspended *1
Tokyo(Narita) = Qingdao NH927/NH928 February 20 – March 28 Downsized / Reduction (from 7 flights to 4 flights per week) *2
Tokyo(Narita) = Dalian NH903/NH904 February 20 – March 28 Downsized / Reduction (from 7 flights to 4 flights per week) *2
Tokyo(Narita) = Hangzhou NH929/NH930 February 10 – March 28 Suspended
Tokyo(Narita) = Xiamen NH935/NH936 February 10 – March 28 Reduction (from 7 flights to 4 flights per week) *2
Tokyo(Narita) = Shenyang NH925/NH926 February 10 – March 28 Suspended *1
Tokyo(Narita) = Chengdu NH943,NH947/NH948 February 18 – March 28 Suspended *1
Tokyo(Narita) = Guangzhou NH933/NH934 February 10 – March 28 Suspended *1
Routes to/from Tokyo (Haneda)
Sector Flight No. Date Response
Tokyo(Haneda) = Beijing NH963/NH964 February 10 – March 28 Suspended *1
Tokyo(Haneda) = Shanghai(Pudong) NH971/NH972 February 10 – March 28 Suspended *1
Tokyo(Haneda) = Shanghai(Hongqiao) NH969/NH970 February 20 – March 28 Suspended
It will operate on Feb. 29.
Routes to/from Osaka (Kansai)
Sector Flight No. Date Response
Osaka(Kansai) = Shanghai(Pudong) NH973/NH974 February 17 – March 1 Downsized
Osaka(Kansai) = Shanghai(Pudong) NH973/NH974 March 2 – March 28 Suspended
Announced on Feb. 25
Osaka(Kansai) = Shanghai(Pudong) NH975/NH976 February 10 – March 28 Suspended
Osaka(Kansai) = Beijing NH979/NH980 February 20 – March 2 Reduction (from 7 flights to 3 flights per week)
It will operate on Tue., Thur., and Sat.
Osaka(Kansai) = Beijing NH979/NH980 March 3 – March 28 Suspended
Announced on Feb. 25
Osaka(Kansai) = Qingdao NH977/NH978 February 10 – March 28 Suspended
Osaka(Kansai) = Dalian NH945/NH946 February 10 – March 28 Suspended
Osaka(Kansai) = Hangzhou NH951/NH952 February 23 – February 29 Reduction (from 7 flights to 4 flights per week) *2
Osaka(Kansai) = Hangzhou NH951/NH952 March 1 – March 28 Suspended
Osaka(Kansai) = Hong Kong NH873/NH874 February 17 – March 28 Suspended
  • *1.Return flights bound for Japan will be subject to this policy from the following date.
  • *2.Tue.Thu.Sat.Sun. will operate

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ANA Holdings commits to adding up to 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Boeing and ANA Holdings (ANA HD) announced the Japanese airline group has decided to acquire up to 20 more 787 Dreamliner airplanes.

The agreement with Boeing includes 11 787-10s, one 787-9 and options for five 787-9s valued at more than $5 billion at list prices. The airline also plans to acquire three new 787-9 airplanes from Atlantis Aviation Corporation.


Once the agreements are finalized, it will be ANA’s sixth order for the ultra-efficient and passenger-pleasing Dreamliner and bring their overall 787 order book to more than 100 airplanes.

With this order, the airline will add 11 of the largest and most fuel-efficient Dreamliner models, the 787-10 to its world-class fleet. Powered by a suite of new technologies and a revolutionary design, the 787-10 set a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics when it entered service in 2018. The airplane allows operators to achieve 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat compared to older airplanes in its class.

ANA sees the 787-10 as the perfect airplane to replace previous domestic 777 models that are slated for retirement.

ANA became the global launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner when it placed its initial order in 2004. Since then, like half of all Dreamliner operators, the Japanese carrier has placed follow-on orders. However, ANA is in a class by itself as the world’s biggest 787 operator with 71 airplanes in its fleet and 12 more to be delivered prior to the latest agreement. The new deal will bring the 11 additional 787-10 airplanes, one 787-9 and options for five more 787-9 jets.

ANA is also in the launch customer group for Boeing’s new 777X.

ANA HD’s new 787 jets will be powered by GE’s GEnx-1B engines. The new engines will contribute to the 25 percent improved fuel efficiency per seat of the 787-10.

Image: Boeing.

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ANA announces its revised flight schedules for FY 2020

ANA has made this announcement:

  • ANA will introduce five new international destinations to its network, marking the first time that Istanbul, Shenzhen and Stockholm will be served by a Japanese airline.
  • Airbus A321neo to be gradually rolled out on domestic flights.

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, announced Fiscal Year 2020’s (FY2020) flight schedule changes. Over the next 12 months, ANA will shift its flight schedule to match the expansion of the international departure and arrival slots at Haneda International Airport (HND).

Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen/China and Stockholm are new additions to ANA’s international network, marking the first time that Istanbul, Shenzhen, and Stockholm will be served by a Japanese airline. The new routes include cities that will be served out of Haneda Airport due to the new slot allocation as well as one newly established flight connecting Haneda and Ho Chi Minh City by restructuring its Vietnam route.

The key points for FY2020 are as follows:

  • International Routes

    • On March 29, 2020, a new lounge will be unveiled at Haneda Airport Terminal 2. The lounge was designed under the supervision of Kengo Kuma, a world-renowned Japanese architect, and it will be open once service for the international flights begins at Terminal 2. Combined with the updated slot designations at Haneda Airport, ANA’s additional flight options and extensive domestic network will further enhance convenience for business travelers as well as those traveling between Japan and international destinations.
    • Narita Airport will also see new business expansion for future sustainable growth. The new Narita-Vladivostok route, which will launch March 16, 2020, will soon increase to 3 round-trip flights per week starting on March 29, 2020. The Airbus A380 “FLYING HONU” will operate 14 round-trip flights per week starting on July 1, 2020*1. As a result, all Narita-Honolulu routes will operate the FLYING HONU while the Haneda-Honolulu route will operate on Boeing 787 aircraft. This will allow ANA to meet the vigorous demand for flights between Japan and Hawaii.
    • On March 29, 2020, ANA will introduce the 3rd ANA LOUNGE for international flights departing from Narita Airport.
  • Domestic Routes

    • In response to strong passenger demand, ANA will continue to increase the Haneda-Okinawa, and Ishigaki route. ANA will also increase the number of flights between Haneda and Kansai to expand its international and domestic connection network.
    • ANA is gradually introducing the Airbus A321 neo, which is very popular among customers and has a personal monitor attached to every seat. By the end of FY2020, ANA will have 18 Airbus A321neo aircraft.
    • ANA will enhance its domestic flight network while maintaining its domestic network by optimizing its domestic flights and adjusting the size of the fleets.
  • Cargo Freighter Routes

    • While demand for air cargo is expected to stagnate in the short term due to the US-China trade issues, ANA anticipates expansion in the medium to long term. Therefore, freighter operation will be adjusted to balance supply and demand conditions to steadily improve profitability.
    • Additionally, ANA will increasingly capture demand by enhancing synergy effects with airlines while flexibly using charters, codeshares and such, in addition to expanding passenger flight networks.
    • Regarding the “Okinawa Cargo Hub Network,” which Naha Airport function as a key logistics base between domestic and major Asian cities, ANA will maintain and improve the air cargo network by using codeshares with other airlines or other methods to transport freights.
  • *1 The newly introduced A380 may launch before July 1, 2020.
  • * Flight plans are subject to approval by the relevant authorities. All schedules are subject to change.

International Routes
(1) Newly established routes and increased frequency

(2) Reduced frequency and suspended routes

(3) Changes in aircraft

Domestic Routes
(1) Increased frequency and resumed routes

(2) Reduced frequency and suspended routes

Cargo Freighter Routes
(1) Increased frequency and resumed routes

(2) Suspended routes and reduced frequency

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ANA to launch its third Flying Honu Airbus A380 on the Narita-Honolulu route

ANA has made this announcement:

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, will be launching the third of its specially designed “Flying Honu” Airbus A380s, allowing for ANA to offer both daily flights between Narita and Honolulu on these unique aircraft.

ANA currently provides two flights daily on the Narita-Honolulu route, with 10 flights served by Airbus A380s  and four operated by Boeing 777s. Starting on July 1, 2020, ANA will begin simultaneously operating its three Airbus A380s to support the increase in round trips on these aircraft from 10 to 14 per week. Starting from January 9, 2020 passengers who had purchased tickets for this route on a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft departing on or after July 1 will be notified regarding the change of aircraft.

The first FLYING HONU entered service on the Narita-Honolulu route in May 2019, painted in blue to represent the Hawaiian blue sky. The second FLYING HONU is emerald green which is inspired by the crystal clear water of the Hawaiian ocean. Both of the aircraft and their unique livery were well received by passengers.

The third FLYING HONU features livery in orange inspired by the Hawaiian sunset. The final rollout of this plane will occur in late January 2020 and it is planned to be received in April 2020.

Upon accepting the third of its A380 aircraft from Airbus, ANA will work to integrate the new plane to its flight schedule so that as many passengers as possible will be able to experience the unique travel atmosphere of the FLYING HONU. ANA is constantly seeking to connect its customers with new destinations, while raising the bar for comfort, efficiency and service. The customized FLYING HONUs are a testament to ANA’s commitment to Japanese hospitality, and strengthening connections worldwide.

ANA to add five new destinations to its global network from Haneda

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, will expand its international network by adding five cities (Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen and Stockholm) from Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND) starting in summer schedule for 2020, with tickets going on sale in mid-December 2019. The addition of these routes will bring the total number of international cities served by ANA flights to 521 and will expand ANA’s presence at Haneda Airport.

As part of its expanded summer schedule for 2020 (March 29, 2020 – Oct. 24, 2020), ANA will offer new non-stop service from Haneda Airport to:

In addition to these new services from Haneda Airport, ANA will also be increasing the frequency of the Haneda = Los Angeles and Haneda = Sydney routes. The Delhi, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle and Washington D.C. routes will be relocated from Narita International Airport. These new slots for Haneda increase the number of international flights ANA will offer during local daytime hours.

  • 1 Including Tianjin, which is served only by cargo flights.

Narita’s international network will expand throughout 2020 and beyond, adding new connections between North America and Asia.

In expanding its international flight network, ANA will continue to prioritize efforts to maintain and improve service quality, ensuring punctuality, and the safe and reliable operation of its entire fleet of aircraft.

1. Overview of the timetable
With the expansion of international departure and arrival slots at Haneda Airport during the daytime summer schedule of 2020, ANA has prepared the following timetable.

2. Flight schedule for routes starting March 29, 2020

3. Adjustment of the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City route
Starting on March 29, 2020, the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City routes will be adjusted as follows.

ANA launches new luxury cabins in collaboration with famed Japanese architect and British designers

ANA has made this announcement:

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, has collaborated with famed architect Kengo KumaOpens in a new window and leading British designers AcumenOpens in a new window to roll out a total of twelve completely redesigned Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The first redesigned aircraft will serve the Tokyo/Haneda-London route (NH211/NH212)*1 from August 2. Featuring the latest technology and design principles, these upgraded aircraft boast interiors that offer first rate comfort and convenience to all passengers and showcase the true inspiration of Japan.

  • *1 Daily operation of the redesigned aircraft will start from the end of August or beginning of September.
    Until then, the aircraft will be operated on the even number dates in August and odd number dates in September.
    The schedules are subject to change.

“Our partnerships with Mr. Kuma and Acumen illustrate that ANA has sought out the input of the most influential voices in the design community for these innovative new cabin designs,” said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “In 2010, we were the first in Japan to introduce the full flat seat with all aisle access and in order for ANA to continue to lead and set the global standard for comfort and convenience, we knew that it would be necessary to integrate the latest insights from design professionals as we sought to redesign the flight experience and elevate every aspect of travel for our passengers.”

“The design process is just as much about what we decided to include as what we decided to omit,” said architect Kengo Kuma of his involvement in the project. “My work is about understanding how space is used and creating the most comfortable conditions in any environment. I enjoyed working with ANA and Acumen to combine the best of Eastern and Western design traditions and create a finished product that sets a global standard by embracing Japanese heritage and international outlook.”

“Our work focused on transforming the cabin experience by fusing the rich history and culture of Japan with modern design principles and technologies,” said Ian Dryburgh, Founder and CEO of Acumen. “Combining our expertise in aviation interior design with the renowned visionary approach of Kengo Kuma, together we have created a striking cabin that has elevated the ANA customer experience to its highest level across all classes.”

New First Class Seat – “THE Suite”

Among the most noticeable changes to the remodeled aircraft are the all-new First Class seats. Designed with impeccable attention to detail, THE Suite is inspired by luxury Japanese hotels and is the most spacious fully enclosed seating ever seen on an ANA aircraft. New features include the addition of privacy-enhancing doors as well as a crystal-clear 43 inch monitor that is the world’s first 4K personal monitor on a commercial airliner. THE Suite also boasts a movable partition which can be adjusted upon request to pair seats as well as a universal PC and USB port. For the ultimate grandeur, a luxury dark wood finish features throughout the cabin.

New Business Class Seat – “THE Room”

At the heart of ANA’s new product investment is a brand new seat design for Business Class called THE Room. Inspired by modern, multifunctional Japanese living spaces, THE Room offers for the first time flexible doors for personal privacy that can also be adjusted to share the space with fellow travel companions – from dining together with the family to conducting meetings with colleagues. With its bold forward and rearward seat layout, THE Room offers a revolutionary change in space and comfort for ANA Business Class customers, offering one of the largest Business Class seating environments in the world – with a wide sofa which is double the width to previous Business Class seating. With a design focus on minimization and de-cluttering, the Business Class seat offers a ‘place for everything’ including discreet areas for all personal belongings, with deep blue accent hues precisely placed inside each compartment.
To bring warmth and a ‘home away from home’ feel to the cabin, Kengo Kuma finished the seats with three different wood finishes inspired by modern Japanese homes – Rosewood, Light Japanese Ash and Dark Japanese Ash.

New Premium Economy and Economy Class Seat

To celebrate the rich and magnificent history of Japan, the new Premium Economy and Economy Class upholstery has been redesigned with Japanese patterns which tell a story known as ‘The Journey,’ reflecting guests’ inflight experience from departure to landing. Traditional prints include tatami mat pattern which represents a Japanese welcome, and an arrow design taken from the Yagasuri pattern to suggest movement and direction. These non-repeating patterns mean each seat cover, across the Premium Economy and Economy seats will be completely unique. Passengers traveling in Premium Economy and Economy Class will also enjoy an enhanced flight experience thanks to improved touch screen monitors and headrests that are adjustable along six distinct axes. These are the same upgrades recently installedOpens in a new window on ANA’s Boeing 787-10 aircraft.

Enhancement of In-flight Entertainment System
ANA is first in the world to introduce 4K resolution personal monitor on commercial aircraft, which is featured in First Class and Business Class. On this screen, not only can passengers enjoy the 4K visuals, but also adjust the lighting and the reclining angle.
Personal seat monitors in all classes are powered by ANA’s advanced MY SKY CHANNEL application to create a fully customizable entertainment experience. The Android and iOS app allows all customers to browse in-flight entertainment programs before the flight and create a favorite list that can be accessed through a paired seat monitor. Passengers can also use their personal mobile devices to control the programs playing on the seat monitor as well as using their devices as second screens for entertainment content.

New Technology and Equipment for Quality Sleeping, Reading and Dining
Both First Class and Business Class seats will feature new lights made by PanasonicOpens in a new windowwhich have been custom-designed specifically for ANA. Inspired by natural sunrise, the lights have been crafted to improve comfort and convenience during sleeping, reading and dining.

Additionally, in First Class and Business Class, ANA will be providing bespoke seat mattress and bedding in partnership with NishikawaOpens in a new window. The unique product is tailor-made to the seat cushion for the most comfortable seating and quality sleep experience for customers in the sky.

New Interior Cabin Design

Complementing these comfort-boosting upgrades to seating areas, ANA has also completely revamped the entrance area of the aircraft to create a hotel like reception complete with welcome monitors. ANA has also designed a new food service area to embody the Japanese ‘Omotenashi’ philosophy of hospitality. With customers wanting more space and freedom to move around whilst onboard, ANA have redesigned the self-service bar area, which now boast mini-fridges stocked with beverages and snacks for customers to enjoy at any time. The contemporary design of the galleys integrates a back light panel which incorporates patterns inspired by traditional Japanese hand-made paper (known as ‘washi’).

Renew of In-flight Meal Menu, Cutlery and Amenities Kits

Following the the recent win of ‘Best Business Class Onboard Catering’ at the prestigious 2019 SKYTRAX Awards, ANA has made even further upgrades to its dining service, including new premium International cuisine tableware that will showcase on flights in autumn. All Business Class passengers will also have the opportunity to pre-order their meals on the ANA website up to 24 hours before departure and can choose from menus from other routes ensuring the passengers are given the best service possible. This summer, starting from July 2019 on North America and Europe routes, ANA will provide six different menu choices, including the collaboration cuisine with restaurant YonemuraOpens in a new window, currently available for passengers on the Asian routes.

With demand for Japan tourism increasingly on the rise, these new cabin transformations are a true testament to ANA’s continued efforts to improve every aspect of the in-flight experience to satisfy the dynamic needs of modern travelers.

Video: ANA A380 Flying Honu inaugural flight Tokyo – Honolulu

New video from Sam Chui:

ANA All Nippon Airways have started flying their Airbus A380 “Flying Honu” between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu on 24 May 2019. I was among the first passengers to fly on the inaugural flight. There were lot of good celebrations at the boarding gate and on-board.

This is a detail trip report of the first ANA A380 “Flying Honu” themed flight in Business Class. Throughout the video, I also looked into other unique features on this ANA flight including ANA Couchii, economy class and premium economy. In next video, I will review ANA A380 First Class from Honolulu to Tokyo.