Minato, Japan
Minato, Japan

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. , also known as Zennikkū or ANA, is a Japanese airline. Its head office is located at Shiodome City Center in the Shiodome area of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It operates services to 49 destinations in Japan and 32 international routes and has about 33,000 employees as of August 2013. In May 2010, ANA's total passenger traffic is up year-on-year by 7.8%, and its international services grow by 22% to 2.07 million passengers in the first five months of 2010. ANA's main international hubs are at Narita International Airport outside Tokyo and Kansai International Airport outside Osaka. Its main domestic hubs are at Tokyo International Airport , Osaka International Airport Itami, Chūbu Centrair International Airport , and New Chitose Airport .In addition to its mainline operations, ANA controls several subsidiary passenger carriers, including its regional airline, ANA Wings and charter carrier, Air Japan. Additional smaller carriers include Air Do, a low-cost carrier operating scheduled service between Tokyo and cities in Hokkaido, Vanilla Air, a low-cost carrier serving resort and selected international destinations, and Allex Cargo , the freighter division operated by Air Japan. Since October 1999, the airline became a member of Star Alliance. ANA is also the largest shareholder in Peach, a low-cost carrier joint venture with First Eastern Investment Group. On 29 March 2013, ANA was announced as a 5-Star Airline by Skytrax. Wikipedia.


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News Article | December 2, 2015
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« Altran and Jaguar Land Rover partner to develop future software platform for intelligent vehicles and machines | Main | Navigant forecasts annual fuel cell vehicles sales to exceed 228,000 units by 2024 » Japan-based euglena Co. plans to produce and supply biojet and renewable diesel in Japan at commercial scale in the 2020s with support from the City of Yokohama, Chiyoda Corporation, Itochu Enex Co., Isuzu Motors and All Nippon Airways (ANA). The company will build Japan’s first demonstration plant for the production of biojet/biodiesel fuels in Yokohama, with operations planned to begin in 2018. The company has been investigating the production of biojet from the microalgae Euglena since May 2010 (earlier post) and has also partnered with Isuzu in research on next-generation (i.e. drop-in hydrocarbon) renewable diesel production from Euglena since June 2014. In June 2015, the company signed a Technology License Agreement for the ISOCONVERSION process with Chevron Lummus Global and Applied Research Associates (ARA). (Earlier post.) The demonstration plant is planned to be built on the site of the Keihin Plant of Asahi Glass Company, located in the Yokohama sea-side area. Construction is estimated to start in summer 2016 and to be completed by the end of 2017, with the planned start of operations in the first half of 2018. Chiyoda is the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) company for the plant. Itochu Enex will supply fuel feedstock other than the microalgae. Isuzu will evaluate the renewable diesel, and ANA will evaluate the biojet. The plant will produce ASTM-compliant biojet fuel, renewable diesel and bionaphtha from domestically-produced/-procured feedstock at a rate of about 5 barrels per day, or 125 kiloliters per year (33,000 gallons US). With the knowledge and information obtained by the operation of the demonstration plant, euglena aims to set up a new program to construct a commercial plant in the 2020s. In 2012, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), a 50-50 joint venture between Chevron Products Company and Lummus Technology, joined ARA’s ReadiJet Alternative Fuel Initiative to develop drop-in biofuels. ARA has developed a catalytic hydrothermolysis (CH) process to convert triglycerides (e.g., crop oils and animal fats) to non-ester biofuels—renewable fuels that are pure hydrocarbons indistinguishable from their petroleum counterparts. (Earlier post.) The joint development effort combines ARA’s CH PROCESS technology with Chevron Lummus Global’s ISOCONVERSION process technology to create drop-in biofuels that will be ready to use in jet and diesel engines, eliminating the need for blending with petroleum.


News Article | November 14, 2016
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PERTH, Australia, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AirlineRatings.com, the world's only safety and product rating website has announced Air New Zealand as its Airline of the Year for 2017. The global ratings agency AirlineRatings.com promotes safety and excellence in the airline industry and one of the pinnacles of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Air New Zealand is being honoured for the fourth consecutive year for its record-breaking financial performance, award winning in-flight innovations, operational safety, environmental leadership and motivation of its staff. These factors have stamped the airline as an industry trendsetter. The AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards program combines four major international industry and government audits, with another nine key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings. AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: "In our objective analysis Air New Zealand came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance." Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon says being recognised once again by the industry is a real highlight for its people in a record year of performance. "The past 12 months have been exceptional for Air New Zealand - we've continued to invest in a streamlined and refurbished fleet, launched three new international routes and rolled out improvements to the customer experience with enhanced inflight entertainment and a multi-million dollar lounge redevelopment programme. "Above all, the award is testament to the talented team of people who make Air New Zealand great by putting customers at the heart of everything we do." Other winners in the Airline Excellence Awards are: Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian, Lufthansa, Delta Air Lines, Virgin America and Kulula.com. Scooping three awards, Qantas, won Best Domestic Airline Service, Best Catering and Best Lounges. Etihad Airways picked up Best First Class, while Virgin Australia won Best Business Class. Best In-Flight Entertainment went to Emirates. The Virgin Group - Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America picked up Best Cabin Crew. Flybe won Best Regional Airline and Garuda Indonesia Most Improved Airline. For excellence in Long Haul travel the editors selected Delta Air Lines (Americas), Virgin Atlantic (Europe), Etihad Airways (Middle-East/Africa) and Singapore Airlines (Asia/Pacific).   For value and safety in the Low Cost Airline sector, the editors selected Virgin America (Americas), Norwegian (Europe), Kulula.com (Africa/Middle-East) and Scoot (Asia/Pacific). AirlineRatings.com has also announced its top ten airlines for 2017. Heading the list is Air New Zealand followed by Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic/Virgin Australia, British Airways, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Eva Air and Lufthansa.


News Article | November 14, 2016
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PERTH, Australia, Nov 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AirlineRatings.com, the world's only safety and product rating website has announced Air New Zealand as its Airline of the Year for 2017. The global ratings agency AirlineRatings.com promotes safety and excellence in the airline industry and one of the pinnacles of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Air New Zealand is being honoured for the fourth consecutive year for its record-breaking financial performance, award winning in-flight innovations, operational safety, environmental leadership and motivation of its staff. These factors have stamped the airline as an industry trendsetter. The AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards program combines four major international industry and government audits, with another nine key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings. AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: "In our objective analysis Air New Zealand came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance." Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon says being recognised once again by the industry is a real highlight for its people in a record year of performance. "The past 12 months have been exceptional for Air New Zealand - we've continued to invest in a streamlined and refurbished fleet, launched three new international routes and rolled out improvements to the customer experience with enhanced inflight entertainment and a multi-million dollar lounge redevelopment programme. "Above all, the award is testament to the talented team of people who make Air New Zealand great by putting customers at the heart of everything we do." Other winners in the Airline Excellence Awards are: Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian, Lufthansa, Delta Air Lines, Virgin America and Kulula.com. Scooping three awards, Qantas, won Best Domestic Airline Service, Best Catering and Best Lounges. Etihad Airways picked up Best First Class, while Virgin Australia won Best Business Class. Best In-Flight Entertainment went to Emirates. The Virgin Group - Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America picked up Best Cabin Crew. Flybe won Best Regional Airline and Garuda Indonesia Most Improved Airline. For excellence in Long Haul travel the editors selected Delta Air Lines (Americas), Virgin Atlantic (Europe), Etihad Airways (Middle-East/Africa) and Singapore Airlines (Asia/Pacific). For value and safety in the Low Cost Airline sector, the editors selected Virgin America (Americas), Norwegian (Europe), Kulula.com (Africa/Middle-East) and Scoot (Asia/Pacific). AirlineRatings.com has also announced its top ten airlines for 2017. Heading the list is Air New Zealand followed by Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic/Virgin Australia, British Airways, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Eva Air and Lufthansa. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/air-new-zealand-named-airline-of-the-year-by-airlineratingscom-300361970.html


News Article | February 5, 2016
Site: phys.org

Pyongyang has announced it will launch a satellite-bearing rocket sometime between February 8-25, which is around the time of the birthday on February 16 of late leader Kim Jong-Il, father of current supremo Kim Jong-Un. The North insists its space programme is purely scientific in nature, but the United States and allies, including South Korea, say its rocket launches are aimed at developing an inter-continental ballistic missile capable of striking the US mainland. North Korea "will finish preparations for the launch as soon as the next several days", the unidentified US Defense Department official told the Asahi Shimbun. Since Thursday, satellite images have shown increased movement of people and equipment around the launch pad and a fuel storehouse at North Korea's Sohae satellite launch complex in the country's northwest, the official said, according to the Washington-datelined report. The United States judged that fuelling appears to have started as it has been monitoring Pyongyang's movements via military intelligence satellites which can analyse objects as small as 30 centimetres (12 inches), the official was quoted as saying. Given the difficulty in stopping the process once fuelling begins, preparation work normally finishes within several days of that, the official told the Asahi. UN sanctions prohibit North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology, and the imminent launch would amount to another major violation of UN Security Council resolutions following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test last month In its formal notification sent to UN agencies, North Korea provided flight coordinates similar to its last successful launch of a three-stage Unha-3 rocket in December 2012. The separated first stage was predicted to fall in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of South Korea, followed by a second stage splashdown in the Philippine Sea. In order to avoid any possible collision, Japanese and South Korean airlines will be rerouting a number of flights during the launch window period. Japan's two biggest airlines—All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines—said they would be diverting planes that fly over waters off the Philippines. The change will affect three ANA flights—from Tokyo's Haneda airport to Manila, from Manila to Tokyo's Narita International Airport, and from Jakarta in Indonesia to Narita, the airline said. Two JAL flights—one from Jakarta to Narita and another from Narita to Manila—will also be rerouted. South Korea's Transport Ministry said a total of 39 flights to and from the southern resort island of Jeju would be re-routed, involving the country's two main carriers Korean Air and Asiana Airlines, as well some Chinese carriers. Another 36 flights from Korean Air and Asiana will adjust routes to avoid waters off the Philippines, the ministry said, adding that the changes would cause an additional average flight time of six minutes.


News Article | February 23, 2017
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Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) announces the 6th annual Japan Week, which will take place in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal from March 8-10, 2017. The exhibit, open to the public, showcases Japan as the ultimate travel destination while celebrating a unique fusion of traditional and modern Japanese culture, with the country’s high-tech futuristic products, local delicacies, and more. For Japan Week 2017, JNTO will feature a traditional Japanese Zen Garden as the centerpiece of the event to help promote Japanese tourism. The garden, complete with boulders, white gravels, moss and trees, will be directed by famous Japanese landscape designers. The Japan Week Zen Garden will showcase a large garden reminiscent of the Zen Garden from the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto. Through the garden, the designers aim to tell the story of Oyashima, a Japanese origin story about ‘8 big islands’ to engage the public. JNTO hopes the garden will provide a peaceful backdrop at Grand Central Terminal Station to busy New Yorkers. The designers will create stone waves in the garden twice per day, which visitors are invited to watch. The 2017 Japan Week will promote a range of Japanese products and services where visitors are able to receive free Japanese tourism materials and travel tips from experts to learn about destinations throughout Japan, as well as experience the arts, crafts, food, and technology of Japanese culture. Exhibitors will showcase both the traditional and modern sides of Japan. Furthermore, Japan Week will introduce the story of Chiune Sugihara, the visa of life. The Japan Week 2017 exhibitors include: JR EAST / East Japan Railway Company, Kubara Honke USA,Inc.(KAYANOYA), FUJIFILM NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION, ANA (All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.), JTB USA Inc., Gifu Prefectural Government, H.I.S. International Tours, Inc., Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Yamazaki USA Inc., ITO EN (North America) INC., Shiba Park Hotel Co., Ltd., Sugihara Route Promote Association, Tiger Corporation U.S.A., JAL Shopping Americas, Telecom Square USA, Inc., YAMASU, wuhao newyork Inc Tenugui Art, Amnet New York Travel, and IACE TRAVEL New York. Japan Week 2017 will also feature a Social Media Photo contest for the duration of the event. Attendees can participate by posting a photo at the event on their Instagram accounts with #JapanWeekNYC. Five winners will be selected and receive gift baskets of assorted products from some of the Japan Week exhibitors. Follow Japan Week on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/JapanWeekNY), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/JapanWeekNY), and Instagram (username@JapanWeekNY) for more details about the contest and join the conversation with #JapanWeekNYC. For more information about Japan Week’s exhibitors and activities, visit http://www.Japanweek.org. ABOUT JAPAN NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION (JNTO): As the official tourism board of Japan, JNTO is involved in a wide range of promotional activities encouraging international travelers to Japan. For more information on travel to Japan, go to http://www.us.jnto.go.jp.


Global Full Service Carrier Market by Airlines and by Geography - Forecast To 2021Pune, India - February 22, 2017 /MarketersMedia/ — Market Highlights: The Global Full Service Carrier Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 4% during 2016-2021. Factors driving the market are growing demand from emerging market, attractive & customized offers for better passenger experience, and growth in scheduled air passenger traffic. Major Key Players • American Airlines • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern Airlines • Delta Airlines • United Airlines • Air China • Air France • All Nippon Airways • British Airways • China Eastern Airlines • Emirates • Lufthansa • Turkish Airlines. 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News Article | December 16, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Silver Airways today started regularly scheduled air service between Fort Lauderdale and Manzanillo, Cuba. Silver is the only U.S. airline scheduled to provide service to Manzanillo, a port city in eastern Cuba on the Gulf of Guacanayabo near the delta of the Cauto River. Today also marks the launch of the airline’s eighth of nine Cuba destinations. Silver currently operates regularly scheduled flights from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara, Camagüey, Cienfuegos, Holguín, Santiago, Cayo Coco, and Varadero (Havana). In addition, flights to Cayo Largo are scheduled to begin in early 2017. Silver’s flights to Cuba are currently available for sale at silverairways.com. “Today marks another momentous occasion as we continue to expand our Cuba network and we are thrilled to be offering regularly scheduled air service between the U.S. and Manzanillo, Cuba,” said Silver Airways President and CEO Sami Teittinen. “We are happy to be offering travelers with a variety of convenient flight options to visit all of the destinations throughout Cuba beyond Havana.” Silver Airways, which operates more routes within Florida, and between Florida and the Bahamas than any other airline, is now also selling flights on more routes between the U.S. and Cuba than any other airline, including all nine destinations beyond Havana. Silver Airways operates more routes within Florida, between Florida and the Bahamas, and between the U.S. and Cuba than any other airline. As the airline of choice for Florida, the Bahamas, and Cuba, Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways operates more routes within Florida, between Florida and the Bahamas, and between the U.S. and Cuba than any other airline. The airline averages 125 daily flights to 27 destinations in Florida (including hubs in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa), the Bahamas, and Cuba. Silver is a codeshare partner with JetBlue, United Airlines, and Avianca, and has interline agreements with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Bahamasair, Hahn Air, Azul Brazilian Airlines, and All Nippon Airways. Silver operates a fleet of 22 highly reliable and fuel-efficient 34-seat Saab 340B Plus turboprop aircraft under its FAA Part 121 air carrier certificate.


Samsung can only point a finger at itself when it comes to taking responsibility for its exploding Note 7 nightmare. While many other smartphone manufacturers test their batteries at independently run labs, a new report revealed that Samsung tested the battery for its Galaxy Note 7 device in-house. It's common for smartphone makers, like Apple for example, to trust third-party companies to conduct testing on its batteries. In fact, in order to be able to sell the device through the major U.S. carriers, manufacturers must test their batteries at a lab that is certified by the CTIA, the U.S. wireless industry's trade group, in order to make sure they meet the standards put in place by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. There are currently 28 labs that are CTIA-certified. But according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the South Korean company decided to take matters into its own hands since it tested the Note 7 its batteries for self-CTIA certification at its in-house lab. It has been testing its phones in its own lab certified by the CTIA since 2009. In Samsung's defense, its in-house testing facility didn't find any problems with the batteries that came with the original batch of Note 7 phones or the replacements. Of course, this was not really the case after the smartphone was originally recalled globally last month after at least 92 reports of overheating were made since the smartphone launched in August. Then production stopped last week, officially discontinuing the device after reports began to surface that the replacements that were shipped were also allegedly exploding. This means that Samsung is the only one to blame for the serious safety issue and PR disaster that its exploding Note 7 batteries have become. Not to mention that in-house testing could appear to be a conflict of interest. While there clearly has been a problem with the smartphone, Samsung has yet to uncover exactly why some of its Note 7 phones have overheated and caught on fire. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has now banned the Galaxy Note 7 from commercial airlines to prevent injury and safety risks. Those with the device will be prohibited from boarding their flight, and those who check in the phone in their luggage can face criminal prosecution. Japan has also followed suit and banned the Note 7 from planes. AirAsia, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Malaysia Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Air New Zealand have all announced bans on the phone. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | November 22, 2016
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#ANAAirlines--Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), has selected Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K), as a partner to launch its new U.S. campaign “Welcome to Experience Class™”.


News Article | September 14, 2015
Site: www.techtimes.com

There are a lot of amazing vehicles in the Star Wars saga. Unfortunately, they're all the stuff of science fiction and the future. For now, the best that most humans have for earthly travel is the airplane, but it is possible to bring a bit of Star Wars to it. Japanese airline All Nippon Airways, or ANA for short, unveiled the new R2-D2 ANA Jet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner painted to look like the beloved Star Wars droid, at the Boeing factory in Everett, Wash. Saturday. This is the first time a Star Wars character has ever appeared on the exterior of a commercial aircraft, according to ANA. In case you ever wondered what the trash can-like R2-D2 would look like as a huge airplane, here's your answer. The nose of the R2-D2 ANA Jet has the iconic blue, white and gray design of the droid in the movies, complete with its red sensor. The Star Wars logo also appears on the side of the aircraft in huge, black letters, if, for some reason, you need a reminder of what you're looking at. The interior of the plane will also be a Star Wars fan's dream with themed in-flight decorations, such as headrest covers, paper napkins and cups. Passengers will also be able to watch the six Star Wars movies that have already been released, the first time they have ever been a part of an in-flight entertainment system. The inaugural flight of the R2-D2 ANA Jet will be a Fan Appreciation Flight scheduled for Oct. 17, which will take off from and return to Handea Airport in Tokyo. The flight, which will last approximately two to three hours, will carry 89 passengers, all of whom are required to wear Star Wars costumes. The R2-D2 ANA Jet is scheduled to go into service on Oct. 18 with a flight from Tokyo to Vancouver. The plane will then fly between Japan and other cities in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. ANA originally revealed its plans for Star Wars-themed aircrafts during the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif. in April. The airline's partnership with The Walt Disney Company will also feature two other aircrafts with Star Wars themes, including a Boeing 767-300 of BB-8, the new droid appearing in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, and a Boeing 777-300ER featuring both R2-D2 and BB-8. The BB-8 plane will begin flying domestic routes in Japan in November, and the BB-8 and R2-D2 plane will fly mainly between Japan and North America starting in March 2016. While you wait to board your Star Wars plane from Tokyo's Narita Airport, you can always play the Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game, which is installed in ANA's lounge. The airport lounge might not look exactly like the Mos Eisley Cantina, but that is a pretty out-of-this-world amenity anyway.

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