All Nippon Airways is one of the leading airlines in Japan. Follow the article to explore the profile and history of All Nippon Airways.

All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is one of the leading airline networks of Japan, headquartered at Shiodome City Centre Zenniukku or. Kansai International Airport (in Osaka) and Narita International Airport (outside Tokyo) are its chief international hubs, while its major domestic hubs include Tokyo International Airport, Chubu International Airport and New Chitose International Airport. It has a fleet of about 207 airplanes and also operates a range of small carriers. The airline operates services to 49 destinations in Japan and 22 international routes. As of May 2009, its employee strength was 14,179.

All Nippon was created on December 1, 1957, with the coming together of two separate airlines, namely Far Easter Airlines (founded on December 26, 1952) and Nippon Helicopter and Aeroplane (an air company founded on December 27, 1952). In 1961, All Nippon made its debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange. It also got the permit to operate international flights in the same year, when it was allowed to operate flights from Okinawa, which was under the control of the US military. In 1963, the air service merged with Fujita Airlines. It introduced jet services in 1964, with Boeing 727, and brought up Boeing 737 service in 1969.

With time, Nippon also started the policy of giving the airline shares to travel companies, while making travel deals with them. However, ANA�s first international flight came as late as 1971, which took off from Tokyo to Hong Kong (in China). Till then, JAL exercised a monopoly, granted by the Japanese government, over international scheduled flights. In 1975, ANA opened its headquarters in Tokyo. The airline's first international flight schedule was worked out in March 1986 and comprised of a passenger service from Tokyo to Gaum, with flights to Los Angeles and Washington following by the end of the year. In 2007, All Nippon was named �Airline of the Year� by Air Transport World, airline industry�s monthly trade magazine.

Destinations Covered
All Nippon covers the whole of Japan and a number of destinations in Europe, South Asia and North America. Its domestic network extends to destinations like Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku, Tohoku, Kyushu, Shikoku, Hokkaido and the national capital Tokyo. Among the foreign destinations, the Airlines provides services to China, Taiwan, South Korea, India, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in Asia and France, Germany, United Kingdom in Europe. In the United States, it covers destinations like Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington.

All Nippon Airways operates with a fleet of 207 aircrafts, which includes Airbus A320-200, Boeing 737-500, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-700ER, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 747-400D, Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-3, Boeing 787-8, Bombardier Dash 8 Q300, Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 and Mitsubishi Regional Jet MRJ90.

All Nippon controls an extensive network of smaller carriers, in addition to its mainline operations. This includes Air Central (Q400-based airline based at Chubu Centrair International Airport), Air Japan (which handles charter flights for ANA), Air Next (a low-cost carrier based at Fukuoka Airport), Air Nippon (ANA's regional airline) and ANA & JP Express (AJV - a freighter operator). The company also maintains technical partnership with Nippon Cargo Airlines, in which it was once a major stakeholder. The airline has also announced plans for creating at least one low-cost carrier subsidiary, with an Asian airline, in the near future.

ANA Group comprises of a number of companies, which are wholly or primarily owned by ANA. This includes:

General Aviation
All Nippon and United Parcel deal have formed a cargo alliance and code-share to transport member cargo, similar to an airline alliance.

Last Updated on 1st August, 2009