All Nippon Airways (ANA) is launching a one-year promotion of the TV anime series Demon Slayer.

ANA unveils Demon Slayer themed aircraft

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is launching a one-year promotion of the TV anime series Demon Slayer.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is launching a one-year promotion of the TV anime series Demon Slayer.

As part of the collaboration, from 1 December 2021, episodes of the show will be available as in-flight entertainment on domestic and international flights. In addition to 26 episodes of the anime, five songs from the series original soundtrack and the Demon Slayer orchestra concert will be available.

At the same time, specially designed Demon Slayer-themed in-flight paper cups and toys (18 varieties) for children will be available exclusively in economy class.

ANA is also introducing a specially painted aircraft, Demon Slayer jet on domestic flights from the end of January 2022.

The design will feature the characters of the anime, with in-flight services to include a limited edition headrest cover and aprons for the cabin attendants, and unique in-flight announcements by the characters. While the design and aircraft type is yet to be decided, a second jet will enter service within this fiscal year. A scenic flight is also planned for the future as well.

“We are excited to partner with Demon Slayer to generate excitement and share Japanese culture with a wider audience,” said Junko Yazawa, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning of ANA. “At ANA, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the travel experience, whether that be through the expansion of our award-winning service, the extension of our hygiene protocols or new entertainment experiences. We are confident that when our Demon Slayer-themed aircraft enter service in January 2022, they will offer a unique flight experience.”

ANA expands in-flight dining options

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As part of its ANA Future Promise, All Nippon Airways (ANA), is introducing a new expanded menu featuring dishes crafted with the help of ANA’s elite “THE CONNOISSEURS” culinary partners, marking the first time that a collaboration menu will be introduced for special in-flight meals.

From October, ANA will offer four different Diabetic, Low Fat, Low Calorie and Low Salt meals on international flights, created with the help of Hideki Takayama, a famous French-trained chef.

For the Diabetic Meal, Takayama and those in charge of creating the meals worked with the Japan Association for Diabetes Education and Care to ensure that all items met their stringent regulations.

The additional health-conscious menu options follow ANA’s trend of offering an increased selection of specialised dishes for its passengers, a commitment that is also demonstrated by its offering of a diverse set of Halal meals, for which ANA Catering Service has obtained Halal certification.

“Our in-flight menus are constantly updated as we introduce new items based on passenger feedback and demand,” said Junko Yazawa, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning. “As we develop our in-flight dining options, we aim to ensure that delicious and satisfying meals are available to all passengers, regardless of their dietary habits. The need to offer healthy alternatives to traditional meals is growing, and we are proud to partner with world-class chefs to create rich menus that offer excellent choices to all passengers.”

These new meals will be available on ANA-operated international routes departing from Japan for all service classes. Details on these special in-flight meal menu options, including full dietary information will be posted on ANA’s website.

In order to receive one of the special meals, reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of the flight through the ANA website or by telephone.

ANA enhances IFE relationship with West

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has renewed its in-flight entertainment (IFE) contract with West Entertainment (West).

The partnership, which is entering its fourth year, has now been expanded. West will be working closely with the programming team at ANA, leveraging its ANA content portal powered by WE by West to deliver the best Hollywood, western, international and south Asian content for their passengers.

The tailored entertainment content will run across ANA’s advanced IFE systems. West will manage acquisitions, digital encoding and AVOD management requirements.

Kate Groth, President at West Entertainment commented: “Over the last few years we have assisted ANA with their international films and have been able to show our degree of expertise and service quality. This latest RFP gave us the ability to showcase our full strength, and this result is a testament of our entire team commitment to deliver financial flexibility while increasing content options for ANA passengers.”

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ANA expands e-library

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All Nippon Airways is expanding its digital in-flight e-Library with the addition of 30 newspapers from across the globe to the ANA App. These include five Japanese papers and 25 foreign language papers from a total of 14 different countries.

Like other items in the e-Library, the newspapers can be downloaded via the ANA App 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of the flight, and the downloaded content can be viewed for up to 24 hours after the scheduled arrival time. In addition to offering in-flight entertainment options, passengers can also use the ANA App to make flight reservations, display boarding information and check for updated flight information.

“ANA is constantly looking for ways to leverage technology to improve the travel experience for our customers,” said Junko Yazawa, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning. “The decision to offer digital versions of prominent newspapers from across the globe will cut down on waste while offering passengers additional opportunities to engage with news and perspectives offered by papers that usually are not available in paper format.”

Digital newspapers will only be displayed to passengers who are eligible for the service.

This effort will enhance convenience for passengers while reducing the airline’s carbon footprint. Digitising ANA’s newspaper service will cut paper consumption by about 890 tons per year and contribute to the reduction of fuel use and CO2 emissions by reducing the weight of the aircraft.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

ANA to install world’s first hands-free lavatory doors on 21 aircraft

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

Partnering with JAMCO Corporation, the innovative door was developed as part of the ANA Care Promise initiative and will help limit potential vectors for the transmission of pathogens.

“Guided by the principles of ANA Care Promise, we have continued to invest in the development and implementation of innovative technologies because the health and safety of passengers and our staff is the top priority,” said Shinichi Inoue, Senior Executive Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning. “The hands-free lavatory door is the latest example of us putting this principle into practice as we look for ways to make the travel experience safer and more convenient.”

The new lavatory door is equipped with a large inner door locking knob and an additional handle so that passengers can use their elbows to unlock the door. Because the door mechanism is different to those found on other aircraft, signage has been placed near the lavatory to provide operational instructions.

The hands-free lavatory will be installed on 11 Boeing 787-8 aircraft, two Boeing 787-9 aircraft, and eight Boeing 777-200. The initial installation will be for aircrafts serving domestic routes, while ANA hopes to introduce the system to all domestic and international aircraft in the future.

ANA biodegradable meal trays

ANA commits to plastic-free meal trays

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ANA biodegradable meal trays

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will become the first Japanese airline to introduce meal trays made from biodegradable materials. Composed of bagasse – the waste fibre created from pressing sugarcane – these biodegradable trays will further reduce ANA’s carbon footprint.

The new meal trays will be introduced beginning in August 2021 for economy class meals on international flights. By replacing the plastic meal trays, the airline claims that the amount of disposable plastic used for its in-flight services will be reduced by about 30%, an amount that was equal to 317 tons during fiscal 2019.

“At ANA, we view sustainability as critical to our mission and we are constantly searching for ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Chikako Miyata, Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Sustainability. “We will keep making efforts to improve sustainability and create a better planet. We will continue to consider innovative technologies that allow us to operate safely, efficiently and effectively as we serve the needs of customers worldwide.”

In 2020, ANA introduced plastic-free cutlery and straws, reducing the amount of plastic used by 25 tons compared to the previous year. The reduced use of plastic is central to ANA’s 2050 ESG initiatives and the airline will continue exploring areas where it can reduce consumption and waste.

ANA's new e-library uses Adaptive's digital press

ANA digitalises its printed publications

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ANA's new e-library uses Adaptive's digital press

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is utilising Adaptive’s mobile digital press solution, ACES, eliminating more than 1,500 tons of paper emissions per year, creating a more hygienic in-flight experience, and significantly increasing the selection of media for passengers.

ANA passengers will be able to access ACES’ digital press content from anywhere, through the airline’s booking and reservations app, on their own device, including the ANA Group’s in-flight magazines, TSUBASA -GLOBAL WINGS and other popular newspapers and magazines, available in multiple languages.

“As many passengers are still fearful of touching anything, the decision for ANA to replace hard-copy materials with digital press is very forward-thinking and truly demonstrates the airline’s commitment to passenger safety and offering the best possible inflight experience, while at the same time reducing costs,” said David Fairand, COO of Adaptive. “At Adaptive, we are thrilled to provide ANA’s passengers with access to the top digital press content from the safety and comfort of their own device, via ACES’ seamless integration into ANA’s mobile app. Through the app, passengers can download content up to 24 hours before the flight using an internet connection, and it will remain available on their device for 24 hours after the flight lands, no matter where the passenger is physically located.”

“As part of our response to COVID-19 outbreak, ANA has suspended providing printed publications onboard. Our new service will give our customers access to a significantly larger selection of media – even more options than we used to provide before the spread of COVID-19,” said Tom Mano, Vice President of Products & Services Planning at ANA. “Our new service will also allow customers to select and enjoy newspapers and magazines – not only during the flight, but also during the time on the ground – to enhance our seamless digital customer experience in the safest way possible, which we will continue to upgrade as part of our mid-term strategy. This new service will, at the same time, make our operations more sustainable, as we’ve made a long-term commitment to adhering to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

JAMCO hands-free door lock and handle

Jamco and ANA test hands-free lavatory door

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JAMCO hands-free door lock and handle

Jamco Corporation and All Nippon Airways (ANA), have unveiled a hands-free lavatory lock knob and door handle, developed jointly as part of the ANA Care Promise and Jamco’s “Project Blue Sky” initiative respectively.

The solution allows passengers to use their forearm or elbow to open the door and return to their seats with their hands remaining clean.

According to Jamco, the hands-free lavatory lock knob and door handle are low-cost items which don’t burden airline operational budget and can be installed simply over night by airlines to the existing lavatories without major modification.

ANA is the development partner for the hands-free products, expected to be launched soon as the first operator.

Jamco’s hands-free lavatory door system is the only product worldwide to roll out a demonstration with an airline, having been tested at Tokyo Haneda Airport in August, and well-received by the majority of passengers.

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ANA selects new sake selection

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Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has partnered with sake sommelier, Yasuyuki Kitahara, to create a new menu for passengers Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has partnered with sake sommelier, Yasuyuki Kitahara, to create a new menu for passengers b

Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has partnered with sake sommelier, Yasuyuki Kitahara, to create a new menu for passengers. The updated menu will feature 46 premium brands and will be on offer starting March 2020.

“ANA strives to raise the standard in all aspects of the dining experience for our passengers, and we have spared no effort in curating one of the finest airline sake selections in the world,” said Executive Vice President of ANA, Hideki Kunugi.

The new menu will be available on domestic and international flights, as well as in ANA Suite Lounges. The range was selected through an in-depth tasting process led by the airline, aiming to reflect the opinions of the consumer. 319 sake breweries were evaluated and 46 were chosen to feature on the updated menu. Some of the premium sake selected included Jikon, Kamoshibito Kuheiji and Kokuryu.  

The airline said it aimed to create a menu that is compatible with the in-flight cuisines as well as seasonal palates, of all passengers. 

Kunugi added, “Like all aspects of ANA hospitality, we focused on delivering the best possible experience to our passengers throughout the selection process and believe this effort is evident in our updated menu. It is our sincere hope that passengers will gain a greater appreciation of sake and its important role in Japanese cuisine though the menu we have prepared.”