ANA to Become First Airline in Japan to Operate an Airbus A320neo
Plan to deploy on regularly scheduled international flights from mid-January
TOKYO, December 16, 2016 - ANA, Japan’s largest airline, became the country’s first carrier to take delivery of an Airbus A320neo (new engine option). The aircraft was handed over in Hamburg, Germany on December 15, and ANA is scheduled to begin operating it on short-haul international routes such as routes to China, from mid-January1.
Compared to its predecessor the A320ceo (current engine option), the A320neo achieves 15% better fuel efficiency and has a maximum range approximately 7% longer2, while also possessing extensive interior space and sufficient cargo capacity for a small aircraft.
In March 2014, ANA HOLDINGS placed orders for seven A320neo aircraft to serve as a foundation for further growth on international routes, and all of these orders are scheduled to be delivered by the end of FY2018. The company has also ordered a number of other aircraft from Airbus: four of the A321ceo, 26 of the A321neo and 3 of the A380. ANA has already deployed the A321ceo aircraft on Japan domestic routes in November.
ANA has outfitted its A320neo for international routes, with eight seats in Business Class and 138 in Economy Class. Business Class is equipped with motorized reclining seats, while both cabins have access to ANA's new on-board entertainment system "Rave" with improved controls using touch screen monitors, as well as "ANA Wi-Fi Service 2" with free access to live television and e-books3. As a result, ANA's A320neo provides the comforts of larger aircraft despite its compact size.
Contact: Wataru Yoshioka and Maho Ito, ANA Corporate Communications TEL +81-3-6735-1111
ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 84 international routes and 116 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of about 250 aircraft. In FY2015, it carried 50.8 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.79 trillion Japanese yen. 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 was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2016 was awarded five stars for the fourth consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
1 The aircraft is scheduled to fly on regularly-scheduled international services starting in mid-January, but it may serve domestic routes until then on an ad hoc basis.
2According to Airbus official materials.
3For other uses of in-flight Wi-Fi, charges apply.