In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the ANA Group has been making ongoing efforts to support the restoration and revitalization of the Tohoku region through its aviation business. In addition, employee volunteers of the ANA Group have visited the disaster-affected areas to conduct volunteer activities with a focus on personal interactions with local residents.
The ANA Group will continue to support the Tohoku region to move energetically forward toward a new future by reaching out to and connecting with the lives and hearts of the people of Tohoku, increasing the number of visitors to the region, sharing information about what is actually happening on the ground, and introducing local specialty products to the broader community.
These activities were originally suggested by volunteer employees in 2013, and were realized with the cooperation of Fukushima Prefecture's Airport Exchange Division and ANA Air Services Fukushima. ANA Aviation Classrooms were held for approximately 1,800 students at 29 local elementary and junior high schools. Group employee volunteers visited these schools to introduce various airline jobs and talk about their job experiences to give the children a better idea of what it is like to work at an airline and help them build dreams for the future.
On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the ANA Group invited children who were graduating from elementary and junior high schools in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures to fly on board the Wings in Ourselves Project's Boeing 747-400 Graduation Flights at Sendai and Fukushima Airports. Three years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and these graduating students would be going on to face new challenges, so the ANA Group conducted these sightseeing flights as a way to show its support to them.
On March 24, 2014, the ANA Group invited elementary and junior high school students who had participated in the ANA Aviation Classrooms in Fukushima Prefecture to take a tour of the aircraft maintenance center at Haneda Airport. Approximately 80 students and their guardians participated.