ANA receives 5-Star Airline Rating for 5th Consecutive Year
Mr Edward Plaisted of Skytrax (left) Mr Yuji Hirako, President & CEO of ANA (right)
In a ceremony held at Tokyo Haneda Airport on 1st April 2017, ANA was awarded with the highest 5-Star Airline rating for the fifth consecutive year by SKYTRAX, the international air transport rating organisation. SKYTRAX has bestowed this distinguished honor to only eight other airlines in the world, and ANA has the distinction as the only Japanese airline to earn this accolade.
ANA 5-Star Airline Rating
The 5-Star rating was awarded to ANA for the consistently high levels of service the airline provides to its customers, from check-in to arrival. It also recognizes that ANA strives to go the extra mile to continuously enhance its service quality as a global leading airline and meet the needs of its increasingly international customer base. The carrier continues to open new international routes, positioning its wide-reaching international network as a core growth strategy.
Attending the 5-Star Airline presentation ceremony at Haneda Airport on 1st April 2017, Edward Plaisted of Skytrax said: “We are delighted to have seen ANA continue to achieve quality improvements during the last year. An important reason for ANA achieving this 5-Star award is that they meet so many 5-Star targets in terms of what an airline should be doing – to look after and satisfy customers. ANA is praised for the very consistent standards of service efficiency, and for making the travel experience as enjoyable as possible.”
ANA 5-Star Ceremony staged in maintenance hangar
ANA maintains its unwavering commitment to quality and Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, which helped the airline to maintain its 5-Star rating. In the past year alone, ANA has carried out a number of new initiatives to further boost its services.
– Renewed the check-in counter area of the South Wing Departure Lobby at Narita Airport Terminal 1 to accommodate smoother access to each airline, and installed new, convenient and speedy automatic check-in machines.
– At Tokyo Narita Airport ANA lounge, the carrier started a special ‘Chef Service’ where chefs prepare and directly serve customers nigiri-zushi (sushi prepared by hand) and other dishes. The service has earned exceptional reviews, particularly from international customers.
– Renovated the Departure Lobby at Haneda Airport Terminal 2. In addition to color coding areas according to their functions, ANA installed an illustrated guide display that makes the lobby more efficient and easier to understand for customers requiring assistance, and for the growing number of tourists visiting Japan to easily connect to and from ANA’s domestic network.
– Deployed the ‘ANA Communication Board’, a specially-developed tablet device that can respond in 17 different languages, allowing greater support and clearer communication between ANA’s cabin crews and ground staff with international customers and those who require special care.
– Introduced Japan’s first ‘Remote Sign-Language Interpretation Service’ at Haneda Airport to improve services for customers with hearing and speaking disabilities.
– Launched Japan’s first ‘Universal Contents’ with subtitles and audio guides so that customers with hearing and/or visual disabilities can also enjoy the in-flight entertainment programs on international routes.
– ANA became the first airline in Japan to receive the Airbus A320neo aircraft, and is operating it on short-haul international services. Despite its size, ANA’s A320neo are equipped with features previously limited to mid- and large-airplanes, such as in-flight internet service and personal monitors installed in every seat, including economy class.
ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA operates 87 international routes and 114 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of about 260 aircraft. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.