Browsing Tag: All Nippon Airways

A fine tribute to C-3PO – Image: ANA

It’s about time that Anakin’s robotic masterwork got some love.

ANA has done a series of fantastic special liveries for their partnership with Disney to promote the Star Wars franchise. Starting with the R2-D2 themed 787-9 that rolled out factory fresh, they moved on to a BB-8 themed 777-381/ER, and finally a combination of Astromech droids emblazoned on a 2002-vintage 767-381/ER.

The first flight of this scheme emblazoned aboard JA743A will be from Haneda to Kagoshima on March 21. From there it will work its way around the Japanese sky. Remember, at ANA the 777-200 is a purely domestic bird.

Photo: Manu Venkat | AirlineReporter

“Inspiration of Japan” ’“ Photo: Manu Venkat | AirlineReporter

Air travel is a unifying force that brings people together. At the same time, it can be a great way to experience the differences between countries or cultures. I got to do just that during a trip to Japan, which had long been at the top of my destination list. My time on the ground exploring Japan’s teeming cities was amazing, but I also enjoyed experiencing Japan’s aviation world and how ’“ in many ways ’“ it differed from what I was used to in the U.S.

Read on for my two cents ’“ or, rather, two Yen ’“ on flying around Japan with one of its two flagship airlines: All Nippon Airways (ANA).

It's nice when the plane tells you the article's title - Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

It’s nice when the plane tells you the article’s title – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

Roughly five years ago, ANA took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. More than that, it was the first 787 to enter commercial service.

Twenty million passengers, three hundred thousand flying hours, and one hundred twenty five thousand flights later, they are now at fifty. That calls for a party.

ANA's newest 787-9 is also their 50th - Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

ANA’s newest 787-9 is also their 50th – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

ANA, took this event as an opportunity to reflect on their involvement with the 787 program.

Clearly, they love it. Though the initial order was for fifty, they now have a further 33 coming after this one. Compared to the 767, this aircraft saves them 98 million U.S. Dollars a year in fuel and 20% in maintenance.  These figures are why ANA has been able to use the 787 to open markets that did not seem previously possible. Soon, they will fly to Phnom Penh Cambodia; but the big news is Mexico City.