ANA – All Nippon Airways has made this announcement:
The ANA Green Jet will feature a livery inspired by its ANA Future Promise (AFP) program with operations and services focused on promoting sustainability and reducing CO2 emissions.
• The new aircraft will enter service on the Tokyo Haneda – San Francisco route on Oct. 5, 2022.
All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for nine consecutive years, will begin service on its ANA Green Jet, the special aircraft developed to raise awareness and promote sustainable practices and reduce CO2 emissions. The new aircraft will enter service beginning with the Tokyo Haneda-San Francisco flight on October 5, 2022.
“Our goal is to create a more sustainable society, while helping our local communities and enhancing corporate value and we have dedicated this aircraft to help promote these efforts”, said ANA President and CEO, Shinichi Inoue. “Utilizing the technological advances currently available and investing in new solutions, ANA is working hard to create a safe, efficient and sustainable operation.”
1. Livery and special material used on aircraft
・The ANA Green Jet will have a special livery featuring the ANA Future Promise (AFP) initiative, which began in 2021 and encompasses ANA Group’s activities in environmental, social responsibility and governance areas. A total of 2 aircraft with the special livery will enter service, with the aircraft for international routes (aircraft number: JA871A) entering service this month and the aircraft for domestic routes (aircraft number: JA874A) to begin operating in November.
・The aircraft will feature a special material developed by Nikon Corporation, which is expected to have a “shark skin effect” with its riblet texture. ANA will study the decrease in air resistance and CO2 emission reduction of the aircraft, as well as the material’s durability and technology.
2. Special features in the aircraft cabin
・The seats of the ANA Green Jet will feature special headrest covers using vegan leather developed by Toray Industries, Inc. and Aomori Prefecture-based venture company appcycle, Inc, respectively. Headrest covers made of Ultrasuede™ nu1, the latest product being developed by Toray Industries, Inc. which partially consists of 100% plant-based PET2 and recycled PET has been adopted for the contribution to SDGs, and with appcycle, headrest covers were made from the residue of juice made from apples grown in Aomori Prefecture, and is symbolic of ANA’s further commitment to contribute to regional economies.
・We will introduce special in-flight lighting colors and background music that evokes the richness of nature, in order to serve our passengers in a unique setting for the sustainable flight.
3. ANA Group’s initiatives
・In an effort to reduce the disposal of resources, the ANA Group has launched a resource recycling scheme together with Sojitz Pla-Net Corporation, the first of its kind in Japan’s transportation industry. The used plastic film, etc. from cargo will be recycled and reproduced into plastic products used by ANA.
・The ANA Group will launch a program dedicated to the development of upcycled products utilizing aircraft parts, uniforms, etc. where the entire group will cooperate in creating a program that will encourage customer participation as well.
1：100% plant-derived polyester in keeping with ISO 16620-1 3.1.5 biobased synthetic polymer content standard
2：Ultrasuede™ nu is a registered trademark of Toray Industries, Inc.
ANA Holdings today announced that it has reached an agreement with the Boeing Company to convert two orders for the Boeing 777-9 aircraft to Boeing 777-8F cargo aircraft, and finalized its existing purchase agreement for 30 Boeing 737-8 aircraft.
The announcement reflects ANA HD’s plan to further expand its cargo business through securing large freighters and to replace the domestic fleet’s smaller planes with more fuel-efficient aircraft that will serve as the foundation for future growth.
1. Conversion to Boeing 777-8F aircraft
At a meeting of the Board of Directors held today on July 11, 2022, ANA HD decided to convert two of the 20 Boeing 777-9 aircraft that had been initially announced on March 27, 2014, with Boeing 777-8F cargo aircraft. The aircraft will be introduced into service on/after fiscal 2028.
The Boeing 777-8F is a state-of-the-art freighter that has the largest cargo capacity of any twin-engine aircraft, and has reduced CO2 emissions and operational costs that uses less fuel per ton.
2. Finalized purchase agreement of Boeing 737-8 (Boeing 737 MAX series) aircraft
The ANA Group today finalized its agreement for the purchase of Boeing 737-8 aircraft (20 confirmed and 10 optional), which was previously announced on January 29, 2019. The introduction of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2025.
The Boeing 737-8 had been suspended worldwide for approximately 1 year and 9 months due to two accidents. The FAA approved the resumption of operations of this aircraft in November 2020 with modifications to its system that were identified to be factors that led to the accidents and review in the crew training methods. As of today, 46 airlines worldwide have resumed operations of this aircraft, and it has been operating smoothly without any operational issues.
As the latest model in the Boeing 737 series, the Boeing 737 MAX family is equipped with next-generation engines with improved fuel efficiency, and its cutting-edge winglets (Advanced Technology Winglets) are expected to reduce fuel consumption by approximately 15 percent compared to the existing Boeing 737 NG model. The new aircraft will be introduced to replace the Boeing 737-800, which are currently in operation on domestic routes, and will offer a more spacious and comfortable cabin with less noise than the existing model.
ANA Group will continue to achieve the various initiatives in its growth strategy while raising safety as the foundation of its management and at the same time, strive to improve the quality and service for our customers.
ANA Holdings Inc. today reported its financial results for the nine months ended December 31, 2021.
In the first nine months of fiscal year 2021 (April 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021; hereinafter the “nine months ended December 31, 2021”), the Japanese economy has slowly recovered, demonstrating signs of recovery in corporate production activities. While the airline industry continues to face difficulties due to the spread of the Omicron variant and continued restrictions on entry and travel in many countries, there are signs of recovery in the increased demand for domestic flights in the United States and other countries.
Under these economic conditions, the increase in demand for travel in Japan contributed to an operating revenue of 738.0 billion yen for the nine months ended December 31, 2021. This marks an improvement from the same time period for the previous year. The continued impact of COVID-19 resulted in an operating loss of 115.8 billion yen, an ordinary loss of 118.3 billion yen, and a net loss attributable to owners of the parent of 102.8 billion yen. However, ANA HD achieved a positive operating income in the third quarter (October-December), returning to black for the first time in eight quarters.
“Though the entire airline industry has faced continued challenges, I am proud of how ANA Group employees have persevered to help the company continue to meet passenger and cargo needs and maintain global connections at this vital time,” said Ichiro Fukuzawa, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ANA HOLDINGS INC. “We have adjusted our practices, but our commitment to offering unparalleled service and convenience remains unchanged. As the recovery continues, the ANA Group will continue seeking opportunities for growth and expansion with increased profitability.”
Despite being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, passenger demand increased from the previous year, and due to proactive efforts to capture the strong cargo demand which resulted in record high revenue, operating revenue exceeded the amount recorded during the same period of the previous year. While ANA HD still recorded an operating loss, reductions in fixed costs (such as personnel costs as well as depreciation, amortization and maintenance costs which were achieved through the execution of structural business reforms) have helped curtail losses and improve profits year-on-year.
1. International Passenger Service (ANA)
・International passenger services continued to see reduced demand for travel across all regions due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the spread of new variants and continued government travel restrictions. However, revenue and the number of passengers increased year-on-year due to a gradual recovery in business demand, primarily for expatriates traveling between Japan and overseas, as well as demand for connecting flights from Asia to North America and demand for flights home during the New Year holiday. Revenue and number of passengers remained at approximately 10% of pre-COVID levels.
・ANA began transferring the operation of several North America routes from Tokyo Haneda to Tokyo Narita airport starting in July to optimize connections from Asia, an example of ANA closely monitoring demand to determine which routes to operate, as well as to offer temporary routes to destinations with seasonal demand and urgent travel needs.
2. Domestic Passenger Service (ANA)
・The number of passengers served and revenue both increased compared to the same period during the previous year. While a State of Emergency was repeatedly declared due to a surge in COVID-19 cases during the first half of the fiscal year, a recovery in demand was visible since the declaration was lifted at the end of September and the number of COVID-19 cases remained at a low level. As a result, the number of passengers and revenue in the third quarter (October-December) was the highest on a quarterly basis since the pandemic began and recovered to approximately 50% of pre-COVID levels.
・Detailed adjustments to the route network capacity were made in response to fluctuations in demand. In addition, ANA offered additional flights on weekends and holidays from October in order to proactively capture the recovering demand.
3. Cargo Service (ANA)
・The continued strong performance in international cargo services can be attributed to robust demand and a shift to air transport as a result of congestion in marine transport. ANA fully utilized freighter aircraft, introducing the Boeing 777F freighter on the Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong and Tokyo Narita – Taipei route in October, as well as on the Tokyo – Qingdao route in November. ANA also actively responded to strong demand by deploying passenger aircraft to fly cargo-dedicated flights and by capturing demand for the transportation of goods such as automotive parts, semiconductors, electronic equipment and vaccines. In the third quarter (October-December), cargo volume greatly exceeded the amount transported during the same period in the previous year, leading to record high in quarterly revenue for the fifth consecutive quarter.
4. LCC (Peach Aviation)
・Passenger numbers and revenue increased compared to the same period during the previous year, when demand was more significantly impacted. Domestic passenger volume and revenue for the third quarter (October-December) exceeded pre-COVID levels behind strong demand after the State of Emergency was lifted at the end of September, and another contributing factor was Peach Aviation’s expanded scale of operations.
・Peach introduced new routes, Osaka Kansai – Memanbetsu in July, and Fukuoka – Ishigaki in October. Peach will continue to closely monitor signs of recovery in demand to further expand the network. All international routes are currently suspended due to continued immigration restrictions in a number of countries.
・Other revenue from the Air Transportation business was 96.6 billion yen (down 9.8% year-on-year from 107.1 billion yen). This includes revenue from the mileage program, in-flight sales revenue, revenue from maintenance contracts and other sources.
Airline Related, Travel Services, Trade and Retail, and Others
1. Airline Related
・Operating revenue: 149.8 billion yen, down 10.1% year-on-year
・Operating income: 2.6 billion yen, up 30.1% year-on-year
・Although operating revenue decreased year-on-year as a result of lower handling volumes for systems development due to reduced investment within the ANA Group owing to COVID-19, profit improved as a result of reduction in personnel and outsourcing costs, mainly for ground handling services such as passenger check-in and baggage handling.
・In November, the product line-up was expanded to include the popular online in-flight meal sales with the introduction of ANA international business class in-flight meals.
2. Travel Services
・Operating revenue: 34.5 billion yen, down 4.4% year-on-year
・Operating loss: 0.2 billion yen (operating loss of 4.7 billion yen during the same period a year ago)
・For travel services, all overseas tours operated by the ANA Group remain suspended due to the effects of COVID-19 and domestic travel volume decreased compared to the previous year when the “Go To Travel” promotion was in effect. ANA X Inc.’s contract revenue increased as a result of the transferred digital marketing business and other functions within the ANA Group and contributed to the increase in operating revenue and reduced operating losses.
・Working to create a “world where people can live on miles,” the ANA Group launched a mobile application service called “ANA Pocket” in December, which allows users to earn points not only for air travel, but also for walking and travel on train as well as other vehicles within Japan that can be converted into ANA miles and other perks.
3. Trade and Retail
・Operating revenue: 61.4 billion yen, up 0.7% year-on-year
・Operating income: 0.6 billion yen (operating loss of 3.0 billion yen during the same period a year ago)
・As aviation demand gradually recovered, sales increased at ANA FESTA shops in airports and the handling volume of semiconductors for electronics businesses increased. Due to the change in accounting standards, the increase in operating revenue was minimal compared to the same period during the previous year.
・Operating revenue: 27.6 billion yen, up 0.8% year-on-year
・Operating income: 1.1 billion yen, up 125.1% year-on-year
・While demand for buildings and facilities maintenance decreased due to the impact of COVID-19, increased transactions for the real estate business lead to improved revenue.
Outlook for FY2021 (April 2021 – March 2022)
ANA HD maintains its consolidated financial forecast for FY2021, initially presented on October 29, 2021.
*ANA HD has started to apply the “Accounting Standard for Revenue Recognition” （ASBJ Statement No. 29, March 31, 2020）,” and other accounting standards beginning this fiscal year. Values for the nine months ended December 31, 2021 reflect these new accounting standards. For details, please refer to “ANA HOLDINGS INC. Consolidated Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended December 31, 2021” on the ANA Group Investor Relations website
Top Copyright Photo: ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA937A (msn 66524) (Inspiration of Japan) ITM (Akira Uekawa). Image: 956496.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is set to introduce Mixed Fleet Flying (MFF) for the A380 and A320 Family following approval by Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). The Japanese carrier is the first operator in the world to introduce the MFF between the two types.
MFF is unique to Airbus aircraft. As a result of flight deck and aircraft control systems it enables pilots to be certified to operate more than one type from the Airbus fly-by-wire product line on a regular and concurrent basis. At ANA this will enable crews to fly a mixed pattern of short and long haul services.
Airbus commonality extends from the flight deck into the passenger cabin as well, with a maximum use of similar systems, control panels and procedures within the various aircraft families. The unique level of technical commonality between Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft also streamlines maintenance procedures, resulting in significantly reduced costs.
“We are pleased that A320 and A380 MFF operations were approved by JCAB and that ANA has become the world’s first airline to introduce it ,” said Stéphane Ginoux, Head of North Asia region for Airbus and President of Airbus Japan. “MFF offers airlines increased flexibility and cost-efficiency and has become one of the keys to Airbus’ success. For airlines, the increase in revenue hours flown by pilots due to less standby and downtime results in a significant improvement in productivity.”
MFF also enables airlines to interchange differently sized aircraft at short notice without crew-scheduling difficulties, allowing them to better match aircraft capacity to passenger demand.
In other news, ANA on Friday, October 15 took delivery of its third (and last) Airbus A380 (JA383A) named “Ka La”. This is also the last A380 delivery from Toulouse.
ANA Holdings and the ANA Group issued this report for the fiscal quarter ending on June 30, 2021:
While the net loss for the first quarter of FY2021 was 51.1 billion yen, it represented the least amount of loss since the fourth quarter of FY2019
• The results were led by the highest-ever quarterly international cargo revenue and continued cost cutting measures
• ANA Holdings Inc. remains committed to returning to a profit for FY2021, backed by recovering travel demand, strong cargo business, continued cost cutting measures and the growth of non-aviation businesses
ANA Holdings reported its financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2021.
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 (April 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021, hereinafter the “three months ended June 30, 2021”), although the Japanese economy is still severely affected by COVID-19, corporate activities and capital investment continued to rebound. However, lower personal consumption figures indicate lingering weaknesses as well.
There have been signs of recovery in the airline industry, especially increased demand within the United States and European countries where an increase in vaccination rates has progressed. However, hurdles still remain on many international routes due to restrictions on entry and travel in a number of countries.
Despite these challenges, ANA HD renewed its commitment to its longterm environmental goals in April, setting targets such as reducing CO2 emissions generated by airline operations to net zero by 2050. In June, ANA HD also issued Sustainability-Linked Bonds, for which terms and conditions vary according to specific ESG goals being achieved.
For the three months ended June 30, 2021, operating revenues increased from the previous year to 198.9 billion yen. The operating loss was 64.6 billion yen, the ordinary loss was 63.7 billion yen, and net loss attributable to owners of the parent was 51.1 billion yen. While COVID-19 continues to impact performance, the results represented the least amount of net loss since the fourth quarter of FY2019.
“Our performance this quarter has validated the strategic approach adopted by the entire ANA Group in the face of numerous and complex challenges that have affected the entire airline industry,” said Ichiro Fukuzawa, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ANA HOLDINGS INC. “Though COVID-19 and accompanying immigration restrictions have dampened demand for international travel, this turnaround was made possible by the impressive growth of our cargo business, rebounding travel demand, and targeted cost-cutting measures that have led to the greatest improvement in quarterly financial results since COVID-19 started impacting our business in the fourth quarter of FY2019.”
ANA HD has started to apply the “Accounting Standard for Revenue Recognition” (ASBJ Statement No. 29, March 31, 2020),” and other accounting standards beginning this fiscal year. Values for the three months ended June 30, 2021 reflect these accounting standards. For details, please refer to “ANA HOLDINGS INC. Consolidated Financial Results For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021” on the ANA Group Investor Relations website (https://www.ana.co.jp/group/en/investors/).
1. International Passenger Service (ANA)
・For international passenger services, travel demand in all regions remained suppressed due to the impact of COVID-19. However, revenue and the number of passengers increased year-on-year due to a gradual recovery in business demand, primarily for expatriates traveling between Japan and overseas, and connecting demand from Asia to North America as the United States scaled up its vaccination efforts.
・While large-scale route network suspensions are still occurring, we are closely monitoring demand to determine which routes to continue operating and are looking for opportunities to offer temporary routes to destinations with specific demand including cargo volumes.
・ANA conducted trials of both Common Pass and IATA Travel Pass with the aim of introducing universal digital certificates containing electronic medical records such as COVID-19 test results and vaccination history. We will continue to work with all relevant parties to achieve a streamlined immigration control process.
As a result, revenue from international passenger service increased to 12.9 billion yen (up 36.5 percent year-on-year).
2. Domestic Passenger Service (ANA)
・While a State of Emergency has repeatedly been declared in Japan due to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, the number of passengers and revenue has more than doubled compared to the same period in the previous year, when the impact of COVID-19 was the most severe.
・Detailed adjustments to the route network capacity were made in response to fluctuations in demand, and ANA will continue to closely align its services with the expected recovery in demand as vaccinations progress.
・ANA remains committed to ensuring a clean and hygienic environment through the “ANA Care Promise” program. Together with JAMCO Corporation, ANA jointly developed the world’s first hands-free aircraft lavatory doors, which are being rolled out gradually beginning in May. Going forward, we will continue to strive to provide safe and comfortable services at every stage of the travel experience.
Revenue from domestic passenger service increased to 50.2 billion yen (up 123.5 percent year-on-year).
3. Cargo Service (ANA)
・For international cargo services, ANA Cargo actively responded to strong demand by operating additional one-time cargo flights and utilizing passenger aircraft to fly cargo dedicated flights. In addition, ANA Cargo introduced freighter aircraft for use on certain routes, for example operating the Boeing 777F aircraft on the Tokyo Narita – Los Angeles route. By capturing demand for the transportation of goods such as automotive parts, semiconductors, and seasonal products including North American cherries, cargo volume greatly exceeded the amount transported during the same period in the previous year and quarterly revenue hit a record high.
Revenue from international cargo service increased to 66.0 billion yen (up 159.5 percent year-on-year).
4. LCC (Peach Aviation)
・While demand continues to be impacted by COVID-19, both passenger numbers and revenue increased compared to the same period in the previous year, when demand was most severely impacted.
・After increasing the scale of domestic flight operations to above pre-COVID-19 levels in April, we controlled flights from May onward in light of the slowdown in demand that accompanied a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. We will continue to flexibly adjust the scale of operations and will closely monitor any shifts in demand that occur as vaccination progresses. All international routes are currently suspended due to continued immigration restrictions in a number of countries.
As a result, revenue from the LCC segment increased to 3.9 billion yen (up 128.5 percent year-on-year).
・Other revenue from the Air Transportation business was 29.3 billion yen (down 7.2 percent year-on-year). This includes revenue from the mileage program, in-flight sales revenue, revenue from maintenance contracts and other sources.
Airline Related, Travel Services, Trade and Retail, and Others
・For airline related business, operating revenue was 53.3 billion yen (down 10.9 percent year-on-year). As a result of cost cutting efforts of fixed costs such as personnel and outsourcing costs, operating income improved to 5.1 billion yen (up 522.6 percent year-on-year).
・For travel services, while all overseas tours operated by ANA Group remain suspended due to the effects of COVID-19, domestic travel services increased its handling volume, particularly with dynamic travel package products offered online. As a result, operating revenue increased 190.5 percent year-on-year to 9.1 billion yen and the operating loss was 0.1 billion yen, compared to an operating loss of 2.7 billion yen the previous year. New initiatives initially conceived through proposals submitted by employees were rolled out, including in-flight wedding ceremonies, THE WEDDING with ANA, and in-flight restaurants, Restaurant with Wings, utilizing parked aircraft. Charter flights and in-flight restaurant experiences on the A380 “FLYING HONU” aircraft usually dedicated for the Honolulu route were offered as well. In April, we transferred ANA Sales Co., Ltd.’s travel business to ANA X Inc., which is in charge of platform businesses that utilize customer data assets. The aim of this transfer is to enhance sales in the digital field. ANA Sales Co., Ltd. changed its name to ANA Akindo Co., Ltd, with its main focus on revitalizing regions in Japan.
・For the trade and retail division, ANA FESTA shops in airports saw an improvement in revenue due to recovering domestic passenger demand, and the handling volume of semiconductors for the electronics business increased. However, accompanying the change in accounting standards, operating revenues decreased 2.8 percent year-on-year to 19.1 billion yen, and the operating loss was 0.1 billion yen, compared to an operating loss of 1.3 billion yen in the previous year.
・For other businesses, operating revenues decreased 7.1 percent year-on-year to 8.5 billion yen due to a decrease in demand for buildings and facilities maintenance due to the impact of COVID-19. Operating income was 0.3 billion yen, down 46.6 percent from the previous year.
Outlook for FY2021 (April 2021 – March 2022)
ANA HD maintains its consolidated financial forecast for FY2021, presented on April 30, 2021.
Boeing has delivered the first of three 787-10 airplanes (JA900A) to ANA (All Nippon Airways), the original launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner. With this milestone delivery, ANA becomes the first airline in Asia to operate the entire Dreamliner family.
As a stretch of the popular 787-9, the 787-10 carries a total of 330 seats in a standard two-class configuration, adding about 40 more passengers, while setting new benchmarks for fuel efficiency and operating economics with 25 percent better fuel per seat.
This delivery marks the 67th Dreamliner to join ANA’s fleet of 36 787-8s and 30 787-9s, the largest 787 fleet in the world. The SKYTRAX rated five-star airline plans to operate the new super-efficient 787-10 on its popular Tokyo-Singapore route.
ANA made this announcement:
All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, has announced that its new Boeing 787-10 arrived in Japan on March 31, 2019, from Boeing’s manufacturing facility in Charleston, SC. Among a range of upgrades, the advanced aircraft features upgraded seats with enhanced comfort and functionality in both Premium Economy and Economy Class.
“The 787-10 is a cutting-edge plane and ANA is honored to be the first Japanese airline to fly the aircraft,” said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “ANA now has the distinction of being the only airline in Asia to operate all models (787-8, 787-9 and 787-10) of the 787 aircraft. The 787 fleet is known for its extremely low noise levels, excellent fuel efficiency and in-flight comfort, all of which support ANA’s mission to push the standards of air travel by investing in the latest technology.”
The Boeing 787-10 is scheduled to begin flying on April 26, 2019, from Tokyo-Narita to Changi-Singapore before it begins service from Narita Airport to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on July 1, 2019. These routes aim to meet the high demand for flights connecting prominent locations in Asia and will allow Japan to serve as a convenient connecting point for flyers.
Along with its new, more comfortable seats, the aircraft’s Premium Economy and Economy Class features a six-way adjustable headrest and the largest touchscreen personal seat monitor in its class. The seat monitors have been updated to include swipe-to-search ability and support for five additional languages – which brings the total to 11. The high capacity aircraft also offers the popular “Full Flat” seats, in the Business Class cabin. Furthermore, the next-generation “ANA Flight Path” map will be added to the flights, using 3D mapping to provide tourism guides and restaurant recommendations from Japan’s largest travel review site, 4 travel.
ANA plans to acquire a total of three 787-10s by the end of fiscal year 2020 and gradually introduce them to its Southeast Asian routes as part of its commitment to bring top-of-the-line aircraft and technology to travelers.
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.
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.